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Friday, October 26, 2012

Nime Chow

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to be sharing one of my all time favorite lunch items EVER.... and yes, it was totally necessary to have that be in all caps. I freakin' love this stuff. What is is? Well, if you haven't guessed from the title, it's NIME CHOW.  Again with the caps, I know. I'll stop know. My apologies.

Anywho... if you haven't guessed yet, I love this stuff. Basically it is a salad-like wrap served with some form of a vinegar-y, peanut-y sauce. My version is generally a little more closely related to a summer roll, in that I tend to leave out the noodles.

One of the best parts of this particular dish, is that it is absolutely 100% customizable. For example, my leaving out the noodles. But it doesn't stop there. Oh, no. That'd be too boring. Basically, you can put almost anything you want in these babies. The protein can be whatever you like. The most traditional is shrimp (or plain vegetarian). One of my favorites is chicken; specifically chicken teriyaki. You can also vary the herbs, if you add any at all. I prefer mint, basil, and cilantro. This combo gives a very distinctly southeast asian flavor.

Nime Chow:
  • Spring roll wraps (you want the semiopaque white ones that soften in warm water)
  • Bean noodles (or glass noodles)
  • vegetables for filling: carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, etc.
  • protein for filling: shrimp, chicken, beef, pork, or leave vegetarian
  • herbs wanted: basil, mint, cilantro, etc.
  • warm water

If using noodle, prepare as package instructs. Fill a shallow dish half way with warm water. I used a pie pan because it completely fits the wrappers. Dip wrappers in warm water and allow to soak for 15-45 seconds, or until very pliable. The temperature of the water may make the soak time vary.

Place pliable wrapper on a large plate. Add desired fillings, making sure not to over stuff to avoid tearing. Keep in mind that the fillings directly touching the wrappers will be visible once the roll is wrapped, so try putting the pretty, brightly colored items down first.

Wrap up like a burrito. Fold in two opposing sides first, then turn and roll the entire thing in on itself. The wrapper sticks to itself, so there is no need to worry about it unrolling. Just take your time and be gentile, because it is fragile and will rip. It may take a few tries before making a perfect roll. I had a very difficult time at first, but my friend Jenn (who is a self proclaimed nime chow aficionado) made a perfectly beautiful roll on her first go.

For fancy plating, cut on a bias and serve with dipping sauce on the side.

Dipping sauce:
  • 1 tsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 Tbs gluten free soy sauce*
  • 2 Tbs seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic chili sauce
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 5 dashes roasted sesame oil 
  • 1 tsp honey

Combine all ingredients and stir thoroughly. 
*Regular soy sauce lists wheat as the first or second ingredient. Gluten free soy sauce simply removes this ingredient. I prefer gluten free soy sauce because it has a fuller, deeper soy flavor. I also tend to lean towards "reduced sodium" blends.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Autumn Shoe Favorites

Hi all!
Today I've put together a few of my absolute favorite shoes for this time of year. These are all pretty neutral, so they can go with almost anything in your wardrobe, but they definitely have that autumnal feeling.

  •  Grey pumps: H&M - no style name
  • Grey booties: Indigo by Clarks "Water Row"
  • Cognac booties: Max Studio "Xtrella"
  • Leopard wedges: Charlotte Russe - no style name
  • Yellow pumps: Pink Studio "Violet"
  • Tall boots: Matisse "Blakely"
What is your favorite fall foot apparel?

Love always,

DisclaimerAll products mentioned on this site were purchased by myself unless otherwise stated. I am not affiliated with any brand or company, nor do I receive any payment for my posts unless stated. Any, and all, opinions voiced on this blog are my own. I attempt to deliver honest and thoughtful opinions on all subjects. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Apple Chips: A Healthy Autumn Snack

Apple chips are one of my favorite "healthy" snacks. The one problem is that they are so darned expensive. I mean really, $6 of a 2 oz bag!? Luckily, I live in New England and it just so happens to be apple picking season... And you know that means that I dragged poor Jenn out with me (on a "partly" rainy day) to go traipsing around a local farm. We collected more apples that either of us knew what to do with. My solution? Apple chips.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Autumn Nail Polish Trends

Hi all! Today I have a quick video highlighting my favorite fall nail polishes. I've included my most worn on trend varnishes... hope you enjoy!

butter LONDON "bluey" $14
Revlon "Steel-her heart" $5
Essie "demure vixen" $8
Sonia Kashuk "Two Cents" $5
OPI "I'm not really a waitress" $8
OPI "baguette me not" $8

What are your favorite fall finger adornments? Let me know!

Love always,

Disclaimer: All products mentioned on this site were purchased by myself unless otherwise stated. I am not affiliated with any brand or company, nor do I receive any payment for my posts unless stated. Any, and all, opinions voiced on this blog are my own. I attempt to deliver honest and thoughtful opinions on all subjects.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Zucchini Bread: Mini Loaves

Zucchini bread mini-loaves
Nothing quite says fall like being able to turn the oven back on. I'm not much of a cool weather fan, so this is a bit of a saving grace. Steaming soups, warm cakes and cookies... I love being able to cook dishes that require cooler weather.

Today I woke up to the cool sound of rain drops and the crisp smell of autumn. This immediately meant that I had to make a heart warming dish. And today that meant zucchini bread.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Annual Federal Hill Columbus Day Festival

Just a heads up to anyone in the Southern New England area: the annual Federal Hill Columbus Day Festival is back! Come visit the Italian district of the quaint New England city of Providence, RI and enjoy some live music, fun games, and of coarse...FOOD!

Fresh cheese ravioli from Venda's

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Exfoliate Those Smackers

Exfoliating your lips is a must for some people like me! It's just as important as any other skin, but for some reason, we rarely think about it. Adding this step into your nightly routine is super simple, and will make your lips look and feel pillowy soft.