Here is step two in getting the man in your life to like Asian cooking. Remember that steak you have leftover from the “steak sandwich” (also known as Banh Mi)? Put it to good use in the next few days by making steak summer rolls! (or spring rolls, if you want to know all about the many different names check out my shrimp roll post). This will definitely be stepping out of the meat and potatoes comfort zone, but just remind him that it has the same amazing steak that he loved in his sandwich.
I’ve found that summer rolls are a great healthy snack for kids, but it’s all in the name. Call them peanut butter salad rolls (emphasis on the peanut butter) and they’re sold! Eric and I have our friends’ 3 year old begging for bites whenever we eat them around her. If the word salad scares your child off, try peanut butter veggie rolls, or peanut butter roll ups. Be creative, you can do it!
Another option, is if you want to use this as an easy lunch for kids, lay out all the ingredients and let them choose what goes in or how much. I love getting kids to cook in the kitchen! You might have to help with the rolling, but as I show up above, it’s pretty easy. The hardest part is getting it rolled nice and tight. You might have to assist them with that depending on their manual dexterity. Wow, I bet that sentence just totally raised the reading level of my blog
Now I promised in my last post to tell you all about my friend Jaden’s cookbook tour stop in Seattle. Part of her tour was teaching cooking classes at Sur La Table, and Jaden was kind enough to cover my cost so I could be a part of the class. I’m in the process of putting together cooking classes in the city of Auburn and it was a great opportunity to watch someone with so much experience. I definitely learned some great bits of info that I’ll be implementing, most importantly to be yourself and have fun!
This photo is from my friend Nurit who also took the class. Look at that intense concentration! Jaden’s recipe are basically quality Asian recipes made as simple as possible. I LOVE pretty much everything I’ve tried from it, and as one of her recipe testers, I’ve tried A LOT. If you haven’t got a copy of Jaden’s book yet, I have good news, you can win one here! More about that after the recipe.
My mom took the class with me, and it was such a fun mother daughter date! I think she’s felt like she’s been in a bit of a cooking rut lately, and seemed very inspired by Jaden’s cooking style and cookbook. She took TONS of notes! The next night Eric and I went to a potluck/Q&A with Jaden put on by Keren Brown. Check out the video below for an overview of both events.
Jaden has a summer roll recipe in her book which we made at the Sur La Table class, but the great things about summer rolls is you don’t need a recipe because you can really put any vegetables or meat in them. These are so different from the shrimp rolls by leaving out the noodles, adding red pepper and cucumber, and subbing the beef for the shrimp. Totally new flavor. My peanut sauce is slightly different too, because I love how the Vietnamese restaurant down the street used coconut milk in theirs, so I added some to mine.
Beef Summer Rolls Recipemakes 10
Spread your ingredients out to make it easy to work with.
That’s right friends, you can get a free copy of Jaden’s cookbook. Like a dope, I forgot to have her sign it while in Seattle, so if you win you can get it immediately, or wait until after Jan 16 to receive it signed specifically to you! (I’ll be seeing Jaden at this exciting event). Several ways to enter:
1. Leave a comment below about why you want this cookbook, Asian cooking, the video, pretty much anything really.
2. Tweet, Facebook, blog post, Digg, whatever a link to this post and then leave a comment letting me know you did so I can make sure to count you.
I have a crazy couple weeks coming up so will give you plenty of time to enter. I’ll close it Sunday the 20th of December and announce the winner Monday the 21st after a random drawing of your comments. Good luck!