Lessons learned

As some of you may know, I absolutely adore summer rolls. Next to sushi, this is the one other thing I could eat every day for the rest of my life and quite possibly never get tired of. Some times though I feel like there is WAY too much vermicelli going on in them. Yesterday I saw Heather’s post about Katie’s summer rolls, and knew a trip to Super Cao Nguyen was in order. I love that place so much. I bought 2 packages of rice wrappers, 2 cucumbers, a giant thing of mint, a huge package of Chinese basil, 1 kabbocha, and 3 bamboo plants for my elephant pot for 12 dollars. Love lol. Anyway… during Liam’s nap I assembled and ate the majority of these outside with a glass of pinot grigio and Harry Potter.

My wrapping skillz need serious help.

These two were a bit more photogenic, I saved them for part of my dinner.

I am not going to re-write her recipie for her sauce and marinade, but I did use different vegetables. Also, I did not use the fish sauce.

I used 2 cucumbers, 2 carrots, 1 red bell, mint, basil and peanuts.

For some reason, after all the sun and veggies, I was craving cake. So what do you do when you want cake? Make one! Google – vegan cake. Ta-da! This is by far the EASIEST recipe for cake I have ever seen, and beleive it or not, one of the better.

1 bowl chocolate cake

  • Cake
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cold water or brewed coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • Pre heat oven to 375

    Grease a 9 inch cake pan and line with parchment paper.

    In a large mixing bowl combine flour, coco powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Sift together with a fork until well combined. In a 2 cup measuring cup combine water or coffee, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry until well combined. Add vinegar (It will become white and fizzy) stir until just combined.

    Place in greased pan and bake for 25-30 min. Mine was done right at 25.

    So, things I have learned today.

    Cao Nguyen is awesome.

    Summer rolls are yummy and easy to make.

    Regardless of how much you want the cake, or how good it smells, always, ALWAYS let it cool at least       10 minutes.

    I know better than this but it smelled soooo good! Also, I was hungry… soooo 😦 Any who, no crying over um broken cake?

    This was the rest of my dinner! 🙂 It almost looks like it is supposed to be like that! Magical chocolate sauce!

    After all of that, and mowing the yard, (I heard we are supposed to get more crap-tastic weather tomorrow) I am seriously pooped ❤ Night all!


    4 responses to “Lessons learned

    1. Nothing wrong with a big plate of broken cake. 🙂

      I think your spring roll wrapping job looked just like mine, in other words, perfect ;). No, but seriously, I have no idea how restaurants wrap them up so snug. Some people told me double wrapping helps a lot. Glad you enjoyed them!

    2. I was thinking about double wrapping them, but wasn’t sure it would work. Next time I will try it though! Thank you Heather! ❤

    3. Glad you liked the rolls, and they are so so easy, aren’t they? I was curious if you could just omit the fish sauce without affecting the flavor too much, since it has a pretty strong flavor itself.

      I always use different veggies too. Variety is the spice of life.

      I do the same thing with cake. It’s better all warm and gooey, methinks.

    4. I have never been a fan of fish sauce (actually I hate it). So I am not sure what it would taste like with it lol. They tasted great even without, probably a much milder flavor ( detracts less from the peanut sauce hehe 🙂 )

      I am not a big sweets girl, but sometimes you just need cake. And you are right lol, the warmer the better!

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