How is everyone’s weekend? I’m trying to make the most of mine since I will be off to small town Alberta starting tomorrow for 2 weeks of work. Last night, some friends had us over for a fantastic beer tasting! They prepared 10 beers for us to taste and each was of a different style: lager, india pale ale, porter, stout, etc. Each beer was selected because it provides a good representation of that style of beer. I am no beer connoisseur by any means, but had a great time tasting the beer and deciding which styles I liked and which I wanted to avoid. My favourites of the night included:
- Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen (German wheat beer)
- Wild Rose Hoptimal (Double India Pale Ale from Calgary, Alberta)
- Het Anker Gouden Carolus Tripel (Belgian Tripel)
If anyone needs some beer recommendations, check out our friends’ blog!
After that we headed over to the Parka Party at Latitude 53 to meet up with some friends and hang out on the outdoor winter patio. It was a great time and I love seeing events in Edmonton which celebrate our winters.
Now for something a bit more healthy, and that won’t leave you with a hangover headache like the one I am currently dealing with
I LOVE salad rolls! What can be better than all those fresh ingredients, wrapped in soft rice paper and served with peanut sauce? They are so easy to make – the most time consuming part is just cutting up all the fillings. And let me tell you, the homemade ones are just as good, if not better, than restaurant rolls.
I made two varieties of rolls.
The first was a traditional roll made with: shrimp (cooked by simmering at about 165ºF with lemon, peppercorn, parsley and a bit of salt and sugar), vermicelli noodles, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, basil, cilantro and mint.
The second roll was filled with: chicken (pan-fried with Asian Five Spice sauce), mango, avacado, vermicelli noodles, lettuce, crushed cashews, basil, mint and cilantro.
I took the rice paper sheets, one at a time, and submerged them into warm water for a few seconds until they turned malleable. I took them out of the water, carefully wiped them off of excess water and laid them on a flat surface to fill, roll and seal.
The end result was a bunch of delicious, perfect salad rolls.
I served them with peanut sauce we purchased from the Asian supermarket but next time I will try this recipe from Oh She Glows. I’m sure it will be fantastic since it comes highly recommended by my friend, Sarah, who has a great blog on leading a healthy lifestyle.
Have a good week, guys!