Since I had the day off work yesterday, I wanted to do something fun in the kitchen. I remembered Leng's recipes for eggrolls and vegan fried rice, and I knew instantly, that's what I wanted to make. Not very "traditional" 4th of July fare, but that's how we roll. ;-)
Her recipes did not disappoint. I have always been afraid to try making my own fried rice at home as I thought that certain "something" would be missing. Not so, if you know what you are doing. We will go a little easier on the black pepper in the fried rice next time, we ground it fresh, and it was a bit strong for our taste.
Now our eggrolls didn't come out as crispy and golden brown as her's did, but I rarely fry anything, and to be honest, I'm not very good at it, let's just say it was a scary situation where I was ducking out of the way of wildly splashing oil. But they were still very good. As Leng noted on the recipe, you can kind of mix and match to your tastes and what you have on hand. We filled the eggrolls with shredded green cabbage, shredded carrot, shredded zucchini, some sliced onion, adzuki beans, and her spice combination less the hoisin (we're not fans), we added a splash of seasoned brown rice vinegar as well.
The vegan fried rice consisted of some shredded cabbage, sliced carrot, sliced zucchini, onion, and adzuki beans, pretty much the same thing as the eggrolls. I had some edamame I meant to put in it, but forgot.
I served the eggrolls with some sweet and sour sauce. I zested an orange in it, and it made a wonderful dipping sauce.
'Til next time!