Everyday Eats

Goi Cuon (Spring Rolls)

This is definitely not a fast meal but it is my absolute favorite. It takes a long time to make and a lot of patience so it has to be a special occasion (or a day with nothing to do :-) ). This year I asked for Pad Woon Sen and Spring Rolls for my birthday dinner. The recipe for Goi Cuon is adapted from Mark Bittman’s book The Best Recipes in the World.

Spring Rolls

To View the Recipe click here.

We have changed the recipe a bit.

Added Ingredients:

12 medium shrimp, cooked, peeled, and split in half lengthwise or 1 8 oz. block of extra firm tofu
2-3 cloves of garlic minced
2 Tbl. of olive oil

San J Thai Peanut Sauce (dipping) (you can get this at Krogers)

Removed Ingredients:

½ pound cooked pork or chicken, cut into thin stripes

Added Step (1st step in the recipe):

1. Heat up the olive oil on Med. heat and add garlic. When the garlic starts to brown add the shrimp or tofu. We like to cut the tofu block in half and brown each side- this makes it easier to slice. (Plus if you do this with cubes they fall apart easier.) Remove the cooked shrimp or tofu and set aside.

Chef Ken

Cooking Tip:

If you are having a hard time with the wrappers- they keep ripping, then you might want to double the thickness of the rice paper wrappers.

We also make our rolls thick so we actually cut up more of the vegetables and herbs. We always seem to run out of mint or cilantro :-). Once again portions — we think– are really up to chef at the time. You can’t mess this up.

My friend Sue said that her daughter in-law cuts up all of the ingredients and at a dinner party or family gathering has the guests assemble their own spring rolls. This way guests can pick and choose their ingredients and the chef no longer has to worry about the time it would take to assemble the rolls.

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Beef Wellington…Done

Beef Tenderloin

The other day my mother showed me a beef wellington recipe that she used once. Boy, am I glad times have changed :-). The recipe looked like it took a week of preparation. Well, good food doesn’t have to take forever to make. The recipe that I link to below is from Gordon Ramsay’s show the F-Word (Doesn’t air in U.S. -It is an English show). During the summer of 2006 we spent a month in England and were addicted to the F-Word.

Beef Wellington by Gordon Ramsay

When we made this we bought the giant tenderloin of beef from L & L when it was on sale ($11.98 for choice during Meat Days at L & L) - well it lasted for quite a few meals and was well worth the money.

My suggestion would be not to have them slice up the beef but take it home and… with a steady hand… cut a few steaks and leave at least one larger tenderloin piece to cook this recipe with guests.

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