16 October 2010

Time to roll

I cant believe that last weekend I was running in the Spring sunshine…


As sadly, Winter made a re-appearance  today and I headed out for my long run with the temperature having reached only 5 degrees!


Good bye shorts…and hello tights!


Although some of us were still not having any part of the chilly day.


While it may have been cool, aside from a nasty headwind, it was actually a nice temperature for running 14km. I must say that last night’s pizza was not, however, a nice pre-run dinner as it sat heavily in my stomach for most of the run.


I did a couple loops of the ‘lake’ adding some extra distance on at each end to make up the 14km.


Don’t be fooled by the seemingly blue skies – it was COLD!! Although these guys didn't seem to mind…


After finishing the run, and grabbing some lunch, I then headed to the pool for a “short” 1km swim. I say “short” as owing to the 2km training sessions earlier in the week, the 1km session felt like it was over super quick – and before I knew it it was time to get out.

You will be pleased to hear that when I arrived home I finally sat down and started my tax return. It didn’t take long, however, before I was looking for a distraction and a visit to our new house to check the progress was a perfect one.

I literally squealed in delight when I saw the living room.


Now complete with kitchen joinery!


I cannot begin to tell you just how excited I am about our new kitchen – especially now that it is starting to take shape.


I can only dream of all the wonderful meals that are going to be created in this room. Many of which will be inspired by the Mystery Box I am sure.

Like tonight’s dinner for instance…




Did you know? Mint was originally used as a medicinal herb to treat stomach aches and chest pains. During the Middle Ages,  powdered mint leaves were used to whiten teeth.


Sometimes when I draw an ingredient it takes me a while to work out what to make, other times an idea springs straight to mind. Tonight it was the latter…


For I simply love fresh mint when it is included in rice paper rolls. And although these rolls take a while to make, most of the time is spent in getting the ingredients chopped and ready.

I sliced red capsicum, carrot and lettuce, and prepared the basil and rice vermicelli.


And set out some prawns (for me) and roast pork that we picked up from our local Chinese BBQ house (for Mr BBB).


Then it was time to “roll”. Rice paper sheets (softened in warm water),


Mint leaves,




Vermicelli, carrot, capsicum and lettuce,


All rolled up.


Time to repeat….


Until you have a plate filled with tasty rolls!


Served with GF hoisin sauce and crushed peanuts…


And piled high...


So fresh, and oh so tasty…


But the star of these rolls is seriously the mint.


What about you? How do you like to cook with mint?

Happy Baking :)


  1. oh it was FREEZING today.

    Mint is great for my tumtum!

  2. Lisa, can I come over for rice paper rolls sometime? :D And yes, wasn't today awful? Bring back my sun, world!

    I love mint in a strawberry and watermelon salad, in summer :)

  3. Do you have any tricks to make those without the rice paper sticking together? Yours look perfect!

  4. Mint is great but I don't use it often. My mint burgers are DELICIOUS.

  5. Ah, you are a pro with the rice paper! I know I've used mint in recipes but apparently I don't use it often enough to remember any of them. Oh yes... tabbouleh! Definitely my favorite way to use it as I just love tabbouleh.

  6. It's -3 right now... bring on the +5!! :)

    I make a green & yellow split pea soup with mint, but I think I prefer it sweet rather than savoury, over all!

  7. Those look delicious! And how exciting for the kitchen! Yay!!

  8. The only time I use mint is in tea. I have a really sensitive stomach and peppermint tea usually helps.
    Hooray for the kitchen progress!

  9. I couldn't think of anything to do with mint at first- rice paper rolls and tabbouleh are great ideas!

    Wowza- that really is cold! It might be our cold weather from earlier in the week ;)

  10. It certainly has turned cold again hasn't it? Your kitchen is looking fab (I used to be a Kitchen Designer). Can't wait to see it all finished.
    And if it wasn't so cold I'd be pulling out my packets of rice paper sheets to make some of these for lunch. What dipping sauce do you use? I haven't found any as nice as what comes with the rolls when I buy them.
    As for mint - we have some growing in the garden but purely to keep bugs away as I'm not a fan of mint, esp fresh mint.


  11. i'm not a huge fan of mint, but i loved how you used it here :) CONGRATS and good luck with the half iron training!! i know you'll rock it, love following along! and that kitchen, look at all that space! jealous ;)

  12. Oh I love all of the windows in your new house! The spring rolls look amazing. I have two packs of rice paper wrappers waiting to be used.

  13. I like mint in cool salads during the summer - like fresh cabbage or grain salads.

    Those little birds are sooo cute!

    Love the big windows in your new house - great to have so much natural sunlight!!

  14. great animal pics - and exciting kitchen pics - I was just thinking the same thing about the sunshine last weekend - where did it go!

    Love those rice paper rolls - I made some ages ago when I was first blogging and need to be reminded to make them again.

  15. So jealous of spring, cygnets, warmth! We're just coming to the cold, almost-frost, heating stage :-(
    I'm going to have to try these rice paper rolls too, thank you!

  16. Yum! I haven't made rice paper rolls in ages. I love to use mint in drinks :) My parents grow apple mint, and it is lovely with soda water. I can't think of any other way I use mint, apart from rice paper rolls. Love the idea from Kristie to use it in tabbouleh though!
    Heidi xo

  17. hey girlie!
    these spring rolls looks soooo delicious! I had the tastiest shittake spring rolls this weekend, you just inspired me to recreate them!
    gahhh it's chilly where you are! stay warm while running for sure, one thing I love about running though is that it HEATS you up! :)
    I hope you have a great week ahead of you!

  18. Ooh one of my very favourite lunches. You're right the mint makes this, it would be a bit bleak without any. Did you see the snow on the Brindies today? You were brave to face the cold!

  19. Your kitchen is going to be amazing - you must love watching it come to life

    Mint reminds me of fresh crunchy asian salads. If only the weather would stay sunny long enough for us to want them