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. ☺
- No fruits? You could even use jams and sweet chutneys as fillers.