Labor Day Weekend recap, an award, and other random fun stuff

08 Sep

Helloo everyone, how was your Labor Day weekend (for those who are in the US) or how was your weekend (for non US residents).

As our current situation, we just stayed and chilled at home. The big highlight for mine was I made Vegan Spring Rolls and Baked Vegan Egg Rolls. 😀
But before diving into those stuff, I found out Tra at Trayn Harder gave me this Cherry Award! – THANKS TRA!

It’s my first time get an award, so not sure how things work. But I think I need to answer these questions:

1. If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
Hm, I admit this is a tough question to answer, because I have tons of things I want to change and can’t pick one. Anyway, I wish I could go back to the time when I was still in university, telling my old self to learn more skills so I could get a better job with a much better pay. Don’t get me wrong, my current job is decent enough and I’m lucky enough to still keep my job in this recession. However, I know I could do better. After graduating and star working, it’s really tough to actually go back and learn more stuff like in school.

2. pick 6 people and kill them. no, wait, not kill- let them know they got it. my bad.
Sagojyou, Jessica, Danielle, Ameena, Lynn, Averie.

3. thank your awarder.
Tra, thanks so much for this award!!! I love to read about your days with JC, your CrossFit workout and also your comments and support. And again, good luck with Arizona! 😀

Alright, let’s move on to the weekend recap, shall we?

So like I mentioned above I made Spring Rolls and Baked Egg Rolls. What are the differences btw?
Spring rolls are not deep fried nor baked. They usually made from rice paper, soaked in a water for a bit. The fillings can be ANYTHING that you want. First time I had spring rolls was when I went to Vietnamese restaurant.

Typically, the fillings are: rice noodles, raw bean sprouts, cilantro, shredded raw lettuce and cooked meat (shredded chicken, shrimps, shredded beef). Spring rolls are usually eaten with plum sauce, hoisin sauce or even chili sauce.

I didn’t have time for those fancy fillings, so I made my own version: Vegan Spring Rolls. (All credits go to Averie for her creative raw food ideas)

The fillings are: Spring mix vegetables, shredded carrots, shredded cucumbers, shredded apples– All raw.

Speaking of eating raw veggies, my parents pointed out something to me: beware of those little larvae and worms lurking on the raw veggie leaves and also the pesticides. I’m not a big fan of buying organic veggies and such, so these are good things to know. So what’s the remedy for this?

Soak the veggies in the water bath, mixed with some baking soda and salt for about 5 minutes. Baking soda will remove the pesticides and salt will kill those larvae and worms! After that, just rinse it off and we’re good to go! Same thing can be applied to fruits as well: apples, peaches, grapes and any fruits that you’ll eat with the skins!

Soaking veggies in baking soda and salt water to remove the pesticides and kill the larvae/worms

Eaten with this easy peasy peanut sauce. (Thanks Averie, again!)

unsalted TJ chunky peanut butter, sesame oil, some brown sugar, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, a dash of salt. I didn't do exact measurements on this. Just eyeball everything and as long the taste turned out right and not too sticky/watery, it was good to go! Sweet, savory and a bit of tangy...YUM!

I was such in a mood of rolling thru the long weekend, so the next day I made Baked Vegan Egg Rolls.
A little note: usually egg roll skin has some egg in there, but the one I got was totally vegan.
The ingredients were only: wheat flour, tapioca starch, salt and water (not exactly but that’s how I remember roughly). And mostly people deep fried egg rolls until they’re super crispy. I’m not a big fan of greasy food so I opted on baking them instead.

Prepping the ingredients for egg rolls: bean sprouts, celery, shitake mushrooms, rice noodles, carrots, green onions and egg roll skins

One thing about egg roll fillings: everything is COOKED, no raw stuff. So I saute the veggies (do not stir fry the rice noodles- soak them in water until it’s tender should do it. If the rice noodle is a bit hard, soak them in warm water instead – 5 minutes should be long enough).

I added canned garbanzo beans afterwards to boost up the protein.

Now the fun part, rolling them!

All rolled up and ready to be baked!

I brushed them with a bit of oil before baking. 375 F for about 20 mins should do it

All done! Taste best when eaten while warm. It hardens after it gets cold. So hurry grab your ketchup/chili sauce or whatever dipping you like!

One thing I wish to change: I won’t use rice noodles next time. Since I baked the egg rolls, the noodles got dry and harden. The best fillings that I should have was shredded cabbages! Next time, I promise!

Also I want to share a little bit of my “energy saving” lifestyle. When I do laundry, I usually just air dry the clothes instead of using the dryer (except when washing the bedsheets and blankets- no space to air dry them, otherwise I would!).

indoor air dry. We can't hang anything at our front porch or the HOA people will after us.

My parents have this odd habit not using the shower head when showering. Instead, they filled up a bucket with warm water and use the ladle to splash the water to the body. At first I found that to be weird, but then I tried it and I was so surprised how much water we actually use when showering. Just imagine: when we use shower, we had to “throw away” the cold water before the water gets warm/hot. That’s a lot of water to waste. When filling up the water in the bucket, the cold water didn’t get waste, instead it mixed with the hot water thus we got a decent warm water for showering. Talk about saving water, especially living in this water drought SoCal.

My scratchy throat is still acting up and I still haven’t taken any cold medicine. Instead I’ve been drinking this herbal cough syrup.
It taste kinda sweet (loquat and honey?)- all natural stuff. Good for your throat. Just mix it with warm water and drink it. It soothes your achy throat.
I made a little twist by adding it into my morning oatmeal today instead adding the honey

Lunch for today:

homemade salad mixture dressed w/ TJ Fat free Balsamic Vinegar dressing - I added more romaine lettuce after this pic was taken

green bean with scrambled egg with left over garbanzo beans and rice noodles from egg roll mixture

Phew, this post took quite sometime to do. Now I’m off to do school paperwork for my brother. Yeah, I was writing this post, ate my lunch today at my bro’s university’s lunch room. I packed my lunch and ate here. And it was quite nostalgic to return here after not stepping back after I graduated. Lots of things have changed and I was quite impressed!

This building wasn't here 5-6 years ago! Now they have this gym for students and alumni! I might consider to try it for a month. $35/month not so bad, right?



Posted by on September 8, 2010 in food


8 responses to “Labor Day Weekend recap, an award, and other random fun stuff

  1. traynharder23

    September 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    you’re very welcome for the award!!! 🙂 you deserved it!!!

    yes, my mom wouldn’t HEAR of me not eating rice at dinner. i do eat sweet potatoes at dinner, so she is appeased a BIT. she still tries to buy me cereal and tells me to eat cereal instead of protein, but i just go along my little way eating eggs and stuff like that.

    it’s really hard with the no grains thing the first time trying out Paleo, tho. J.C. is always a little sad when he tries to be paleo hard core, and misses cupcakes 🙂

  2. Sagojyou

    September 9, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Hey girl!!!!! Thanks for the award!!!! And in return, I tagged you for an award as well, so come and get it too!! 😀

    Oh. My. Gosh. The food looks yumm-ers!!!! Whoever came up with rolls + peanut sauce is A-MAZING!!! They’re so good!! 😀 And the cooked rolls; they look good too!!! Which one do you like/did you like more?? (I like the raw one!!!)

    Oh wow, that’s a good way to save water!! Never tried it; I should at least know think about it 🙂 But when I shower, I shower myself with the beginning cold water, so for me, it really doesn’t go to waste 🙂 And I stop the water while I’m scrubbing my body, so that saves water too! 🙂

    Girl, the dryer uses so much energy and I always thought it was a waste! I have a question. Does your wet towel dry pretty quick in your room? (that’s what’s going to happen while in my dorm) About how long does it take to dry? I’m going to have fun in the future with all these saving-energy tips!!! 😀 😀 😀

  3. Mon

    September 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Hi. Just found your blog so thought I’d drop by and check it out – great post!

    I’m also a big fan of and blogger about, all things health and fitness.

    BTW How do you get one of the lovely blog awards?? Anyhow, you deserve it!


  4. Danielle

    September 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    It’s funny, I’ve always known spring rolls as deep fried and the non-fried version as “fresh rolls”- both made with rice paper and rolled up like tiny burritos. Then egg rolls as wheat-based, somewhat puffier dough and deep fried.

    In NZ, most houses/apartments don’t have dryers. Just about everyone hangs their laundry to dry either inside or out. It takes a little while to get used to, since the clothes feel a little “stiffer” that if they were tumble dried and you need to plan ahead a little more, but I think it’s such a better option – both for the environment and for your clothes!

    $35/month for a gym is AMAZING! I just joined one here and it’s $10/week… and that’s only because it’s new and that’s the promo price for the first couple hundred members. Most gyms around here are $20/week or more. At $35 it’s only a little over $1/day – which is definitely affordable. 🙂

    Also THANK YOU (again) for the blog award! ❤

  5. actorsdiet

    September 9, 2010 at 7:52 am

    thank you for the award – i totally remember that cough syrup. and i’ve been wanting to toast my spring roll wrappers for a while now!

  6. squigglefloey

    September 8, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Seeing those springroll pictures really make me want to try to make them while I’m at home in the SGV area before university starts in a week. Hmmm…thanks for the ideas! :O) Which university campus is that? Looks beautiful 🙂

  7. Ameena

    September 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you for the award!

    I am absolutely with you on #1 – I wish I’d studied a bit harder in school and focused on doing something I wanted to do instead of something that seemed safe.

    Baked egg rolls are brillant – I cannot eat greasy things to I love baked versions!

  8. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    September 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    what an amazing post!!!!


    Ok first, the peanut sauce and raw vegan spring rolls, thank you so much for the props and links 🙂 Glad you made them and yours look PERFECT!

    As for your baked egg rolls, again,they look amazing and yea, use cabbage next time but still, they look stellar!

    The cough syrup, i love herbal remedies!!

    And the award, thank you so much sweetie, and I love Tra, too!


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