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Post  Megan on 9/18/2010, 6:32 pm

What I meant was Vietnamese summer rolls. It is basically veggies (and sometimes meat) wrapped in rice paper. I guess rice paper is a starch, though.

I have some orange thyme growing which I haven't used yet. I thought it died but when I checked the other day, it is doing fine. Just rubbing my hands across it, it smells SO good!!!
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Post  Retired Member 1 on 9/19/2010, 2:35 pm

@Megan wrote:What I meant was Vietnamese summer rolls. It is basically veggies (and sometimes meat) wrapped in rice paper. I guess rice paper is a starch, though.

Oh, I've always called them spring rolls, so didn't make the connection. Rice paper is OK since it's so thin. Haven't made spring rolls in years and years. Might consider it.

But I think next year I'm going to try lemon basil -- I use lemon balm in quite a few foods. The lime is just so strong -- almost overpowering.

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Post  Megan on 9/19/2010, 2:47 pm

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@Megan wrote:What I meant was Vietnamese summer rolls. It is basically veggies (and sometimes meat) wrapped in rice paper. I guess rice paper is a starch, though.

Oh, I've always called them spring rolls, so didn't make the connection. Rice paper is OK since it's so thin. Haven't made spring rolls in years and years. Might consider it.

But I think next year I'm going to try lemon basil -- I use lemon balm in quite a few foods. The lime is just so strong -- almost overpowering.

Ah! To me, spring rolls are the deep fried things with a wheat-based wrapper, basically a very thin sheet of pasta. Summer rolls are where the rice paper is soaked in warm water until pliable and wrapped around ready-to-eat foods.
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Post  plb on 9/22/2010, 1:46 pm

@middlemamma wrote:I have never cooked with fresh herbs and the #1 reason is because I have never had any luck whatsoever growing them. I will see about trying again. So basil grows well in the house?
It grows great in the house, if you can give it plenty of light. Water it little and often, and pinch the top to encourage bushing out when it gets to the height you want. I've grown several batches last winter!

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Post  martha on 9/23/2010, 10:06 pm

love summer rolls! I am a junk food addict carnivore, but I still love summer rolls!
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Post  Megan on 9/23/2010, 10:15 pm

Summer rolls are so good they SHOULD be junk food... and I often make them carnivore-style. Yum! Very Happy
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