There is nothing like family dinner to put the pressure on. I love my family, they got me ready for Vegetarianism by avoiding meat most of my life. But we all have very different tastes, and when it comes to my meat-loving brother, opinions. So I never know how they'll respond! This time I threw together Thai/Chinese/Japanese for an Asian Fusion night.
My favorite fallback recipe is spring rolls. I love love love them - the flavors, how tedious they are to make, how easy it is to switch up the recipe. For some reason, making them (when I have time) is stress relief for me! So the main event this night was Thai Peanut Spring Rolls. Rice paper wraps are amazing - you can pretty much put anything in them, they are gluten-free, and they don't require cooking.
I'd been craving the lettuce wraps from P.F. Changs, so I tried my hand at making my own. I took a few online recipes and made my own Cashew Lettuce Wraps, and they turned out pretty decent. Iceberg lettuce was the wrong choice to wrap the crunchy mix in, and the cashews should be added in last next time... but overall it worked.
Lastly we had Miso Soup. I just planned to throw it together with a bit of tofu and wakame, but was lucky enough to get Maki's expertise. She was definitely the miso professional, as she added in kale and mushrooms for a far superior miso.
I liked all 3 parts of the meal, but definitely need to practice the execution... keeping similar flavors together would be a better bet for next time.