Spring silliness

Spring silliness

Currently addicted to Spring Rolls – we had friends over for a spring roll dinner (“roll your own,” so to speak) and then did it again when my parents came for lunch on Sunday.  The idea is to chop up a lot of fresh spring veggies and wrap them up in edible rice paper.

Emily stayed with me all weekend, and of course I didn’t expect her to eat any “weird” spring rolls – she’s perfectly capable of cooking Ramen for herself.  But actually, she did try one.  And then we got curious about the physical properties of Spring Roll wrappers.  They look like translucent plastic disks, and then you soak them in water for only a few seconds, and they soften into transparent wisps of impossibly thin rice-paper that folds up, sticks together, and is delicious.  But can they be softened and then re-dried in different shapes?  Can you make rice-paper sculpture?  If you soften a spring roll wrapper and stick it to your face, can you make an edible mask?   All in the name of science, people!

 

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