Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Something Out of Nothing

Some of my best food inventions have been a result of my own laziness. You know what I'm talking about, your sitting around the house, your hungry, there's not a whole lot in the fridge, and you don't feel like making a trip to the store. These are the days that I give myself the task of making something out of nothing. If you are like me and have a pantry fill of canned and pickled ingredients, than you are an ideal candidate for such adventures. All it takes is the right balance between fresh and stored ingredients, compiled in just the right fashion and you find yourself asking, "How come I never though of this before?"

Why just the other day I was craving an egg sandwich but low and behold, there was no bread in the apartment. I did however have some leftover arugula and so I scoured the pantry and came up with these,
These supper thin "spring roll skins" are made from rice flour and are super easy to use, simply pour boiling water into a wide bowl, place a sheet of the spring roll skins into the water for 20-60 seconds, remove when soft, fill with ingredients, then roll up and eat. You can put just about anything inside of these noodle like pancakes, pickled beets and tuna, curried tofu and shredded carrots, chopped vegetables, pesto and feta, nuts and berries, or, as I did the other day, scrambled egg whites, steamed arugula, pickled onions, and a drizzle of Carrot Ginger dressing.

Who needs bread, with these babies in your pantry its always easy to make something out of nothing.


The Passionate Palate said...

I, too, get a rush from creating a meal out of stuff from the pantry and whatever is leftover in the refrigerator. It feels like an accomplishment - but one you can eat.

Vivian said...

That is so creative, they look incredible.