Can you believe that the Food Matters Project has been going on for over 6 months? Yikes, how time flies when you’re trying out delicious recipes! If you haven’t been with us on this blog for that long, here’s a little recap:
The Food Matters Project is made up of a group of bloggers (there are so many of us) who are interested in making recipes from the Food Matter Cookbook by Mark Bittman. Each week one blogger is the “host” and chooses a recipe- and we all make it. The Food Matters Cookbook is very open to interpretation, therefore making it perfect for this project- all of you should check out what each blogger made. See what recipes Fifth Floor Kitchen has made here.
This weeks host is Alyssa, of Everyday Maven. She had chosen Mark Bittman’s recipe for Summer Rolls in Peanut Sauce. Check out Alyssa’s recipe for the tofu version, and other Food Matters Project participants recipes. This was a fabulous choice since it involved no cooking- which is perfect in mid-August.
I’m sure you’ve all had these garden rolls at many Asian restaurants, and you’ll find that they are very easy to make. I love the fresh ingredients, and wanted to replicate the refreshing and light taste.
3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup roasted nuts
5 garlic cloves
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup water
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
rice paper sheets
2 carrots, peeled & julienned
1 cucumber, julienned
1 red pepper, julienned
1 jalapeño, julienned (optional)
20 sprigs of cilantro
2-3 leaves of mint
Add all of the ingredients for the peanut sauce into a food processor. Process the ingredients until the sauce is smooth. Pour into a bowl, it can be refrigerated for a couple of days.
To assemble the Asian Rolls fill a shallow, wide bowl with warm water. Gently submerge each rice paper under water, keep it there for about 10 seconds- until the paper is soft. Transfer the rice paper onto a slightly damp towel. Working quickly, place the ingredients on the edge of the wrapper (a few julienned carrots, cucumbers and red pepper, a piece of jalapeño, 2 springs of cilantro, small piece of mint). Fold the side in front of you over (away from you), turn in the sides, and then keep rolling away from you. Repeat until you have used all of your ingredients.