With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I can’t help but think of the love affair I have with food. Gone are the days when I treated food like an answer to all my problems in the world. I have developed a healthy and special relationship with food. I have learnt to brace the goodness of Mother Nature’s abundant bounty.
I gave a long, hard thought about things I can make that symbolises this love for food. Cakes, drinks, ice cream, chocolate-loaded treats and even some calorie-rich savoury foods came to my mind. But, if you have followed Kitchening About for a while, you’d know that here it is all about fresh (well, mostly!), light, easy, nutritious and not-so-calorie-dense goodies.
Well, this dish covers most bases that Kitchening About stands for. It’s fresh, simple, healthy and very tasty.
Here’s wishing all of you a beautiful Valentine’s Day. Thank you for sharing my love for food. ☺
Strawberries – 1 cup, halved and stem removed
Mango cheek – 2, peeled
Rice paper – 4
Mint leaves (optional) – 1 sprig
Water - Enough to fill half of a large pan.
In a large pan, warm the water.
Dampen a tea towel.
Keep the fruits and mint leaves ready
Rice papers need to be quickly worked on.
So, keep the tea towel, warm water and fruits within reaching distance.
Once you’re ready, take a piece of rice paper, dunk it in the warm water for about 20 to 30 seconds.
When you’re able to bend the rice paper, you know it is ready.
Pliability is what we are aiming for.
Remove and place on the damp tea towel.
Arrange the fruits and mint leaves in the middle of the rice paper.
You could either alternate the fruits or just use one type of fruit.
Fold it tightly like you would an envelope.
Bring the right side of the paper to the left.
Then, the left to the right. Finally close the top and bottom portions of the rice paper.
Mango-berry rice paper rolls are ready to serve!
- I used seasonally available ingredients. Use any fruit of your liking.
- This works well as a packed snack.
- Use other herbs like basil.
- I did not add any sweetener to it. You drizzle a bit of honey or maple syrup.
- You could use an assortment of fruits for this. Chopped, sliced, julienned; get your creative juices flowing. ☺
- You could even use jams and sweet chutneys as fillers.