Daily Archives: October 10, 2006

Successful Spring Rolls!

Truly, I am thankful for the company that owns Pei Wei Asian Diner.  They are one of the few fairly wide-spread restaurants that offer a gluten-free menu.  However, the only dishes that contain vegetables are the Vietnamese Chicken Salad Rolls and the GF Sweet & Sour Chicken.  I love both of them, but

  • I’m tired of paying $6.25 for 1.5 Chicken Salad Rolls, which are basically “just” spring rolls.
  • 5yo Wesley recently developed anaphylaxis to peanuts, and Pei Wei’s version has them.  So, they’re not really safe to bring home.
  • Plus, I’d like a little dietary variation once in a while.

So, I’d looked into buying some spring roll wraps online, and found plenty of places where I could buy them for $3 or so, and then pay $7 or so in shipping.  <insert buzzer sound>  I’m not willing to pay $10-ish for an experiment that may not work.

I thought about checking out an Asian grocery store, but, really, with four kids, I’m loathe to add one one more errand to my already-too-long grocery trips (which are often done at 10 p.m.).  I also think that Asian grocery stores are on the list of “Places Unwise to Bring Kids.”  (Note:  When I go grocerying with my kids, I go in the day, not 10 at night.  The night time ones are after the littles are in bed, and my hubby says, “Hurry back!”)

However, when I saw one of my local grocery stores started carrying the wraps, and they were only $1.99, I snatched them up.

These are the exact ones I found: 

Last night, I undertook the homemade Vietnamese Chicken Salad Rolls.  Except I didn’t have any chicken.  So, they became pork rolls.

Following is a sort-of-recipe, because I didn’t measure anything.

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Mute Math disc clarity…

OK, dear searcher.  Lemme help you.

The Mute Math disc that has “Peculiar People” on it is this one, the EP:

Personally, I prefer the EP, but their newest one (which I got at a concert in January, but was released in stores only a couple of weeks ago) is this one, which does not have “Peculiar People” on it:

Turmeric, Smart@sses, Good Quotes, and the U.S. State of Medicine

I read this in a question-and-answer weekly column by Dr. Weil that runs in the Arizona Republic, in which he discusses the benefits of turmeric, and its apparent cancer-fighting properties.  

I wish researchers would get off the reductionistic bandwagon and come around to appreciate the inherent complexity of nature.

~Dr. Andrew Weil

I like Dr. Weil.  Though I’ve never read any of his books, I heartily agree with his integrative medicine approach.  If I have any fault with him, he seems intent on bringing in the boatloads of money to his doorstep with his many books, supplements, skin care products, food items, etc.  The sheer volume of the commerce endorsed by Dr. Weil makes me a tad skeptical:  At some point, I’m wondering if his quest for $$ has outweighed his balanced viewpoint.

But, that’s JMO.  Maybe he’s such a crusader that he just wants to get the word (and the products) out to the masses, for everyone’s benefit.  He has done a great deal  in introducing (and encouraging continuing research in) “alternative” medical approaches to the U.S., and with his help, such remedies are becoming more mainstream.

Anyways, his point here is that when a natural substance is shown to have curative properties, why should researchers attempt to simply reduce the substance — in this case, turmeric — to its most-useful compound?  (For turmeric, it’s called curicumin.)  Why not just use the whole spice?  God, in His amazing wisdom, has provided a whole world of resources for us to figure out and use wisely.  I’m personally convinced that every ill has a natural cure that would work wonders way beyond any compounded drug.  It’s just that 99% of them haven’t been discovered yet.

But, I’m not altogether opposed to created drugs, and neither is Dr. Weil.  I believe drugs have their place — it’s just that I don’t believe that “their place” should be one of such prevalence.  We’ve become a drug-dependent culture:  Just pop this pill instead of figuring out the root of why you have this malady, and what you can do naturally to reduce your symptoms.  What would be even better is better preventative care, so that, ideally, one would never reach the point of needing drugs.  Preventative care and homeopathy has long been taught in Europe, but is still seen as “alternative” care in the U.S. 

I find it ironic that here in the States, “traditional” care is the allopathic, and “alternative” care is now the label given to actual traditional medicine.  

I also like that Dr. Weil is a smart@ss.   A friend semi-recently observed that I like people w/ a healthy dose of smart@ss in them.  Well, in everyone except my kids.  Well, I don’t like it in my kids unless it makes me laugh.  😆   I’m inconsistent like that. 😉

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