A ‘Slim my Viking’ Recipe: Anthony Bourdain – ing with quick & easy summer salad rolls

Standing in the grocery store, one body among many, all of us searching for some semblance of satisfaction, the paralysis of routine takes hold. Thousands of products, but my brain sees only the dozens it has seen before. No. Not today, not with 5 days of weekday repetition looming on the other side of this Sunday afternoon: wake up, go to work, come home, do the bastard dishes, make supper, watch TV, go to bed. No.

Facing an entire wall of salad dressings, I make a choice for change. I turn around. The opposite aisle wall is a mecca of Bourdain – ian possibilities. Anthony Bourdain (sketched at right), a man I’ve followed around the world, from arrogant naiveté to arrogant wisdom. On some strange level, I love that man; as a prophet of hope and novelty, of freedom and humanity. But my heart is held by another, my Viking…

Rice paper! I can do this. Heck, I’ve seen it on TV. Suddenly, I’m on a flavour raid – bean sprouts, red pepper, chilies… designing my own recipe and pillaging (I think we all can do without the raping) for a whole new flavour profile. And if the Viking isn’t sated, I buy his favourite bread with spinach dip to fill the void. The grocery store is instantly transformed from tedium to adventure, my brain and senses fully engaged in the exploration.

Half an hour later in my kitchen, with eyes watering and mouth on fire from testing the heat of a serrano pepper, I’m draining chilled vermicelli using a mesh splatter guard (see photo for vegetable prep). To my awe and amazement, the rice paper holds, and my improvised summer salad roll recipe proves to be quick and easy (see assembly instructions below – my apologies for the white plate!), healthy, and delicious – even to my Viking! Next time you’re lost in the grocery store, why not escape your own routine and go Anthony Bourdain – ing…

Note: Store bought peanut satay sauce shown in photo. But you can also jazz up your dipping by mixing together 2-3 parts soy sauce, 1 part peanut satay sauce, 1-2 drops sesame oil, and a few drops of Sriracha hot sauce.

2 thoughts on “A ‘Slim my Viking’ Recipe: Anthony Bourdain – ing with quick & easy summer salad rolls

  1. Very inspiring! I’ve fallen into a bit of a fish, rice and peanut butter sandwiches rut as of late, I’m definitely giving these rolls a shot :]

  2. Yikes Christina! I sure hope you don’t mean all those ingredients sandwiched! Because that wouldn’t be a rut, it would be a deep, deep, ravine lol. I remember my first year on my own – rice, peas (always peas), and tuna, with a healthy dollop of soy sauce to bring it all together. Actually, come to think of it, the tuna/soy flavour mixture was pretty questionable. Just keep your fish and peanut butter separated and you’ll be fine hehee.

    ps. you could try rolling your rice and fish in rice paper to jazz it up! Just add some peanut satay sauce and we’re back to square one~wink.

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