a little of wat you fancy..

A little of wat you fancy does you good, or at least that is what my Gran always said. I am a 20 something culinary enthusiast with a huge cook book collection that has been sat on the shelf for way too long. I started this blog in 2011 when I decided to cook 1 new recipe each week be it from a book, a friend, a tv program or some other inspiration.

It was a great way to try new recipes and after having a year of living in Australia I found that I used my blog as a recipe book on more than one occasion so decided to start this up again!

I want to challenge my food rut and hopefully help inspire other people along the way who want to do the same.

Also I do realise 'wat' is missing a 'h' I really wanted the name and the properly spelt way was taken, hense the slight alteration!

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Last week I made fresh spring rolls which I learnt to do when I was in Cambodia. They are so tasty, fresh and I did them twice in one week they were such a hit. First as a starter and then an interesting lunch later on.


It is similar to sushi in that filling wise you can use whatever you have and it still tastes great. See what you think!


Fresh Khmer Spring Rolls



  •  1 package large dried rice wrappers (also called “rice paper”)
  • 1 cup cooked chicken or prawns, sliced or cut into bite-size pieces, and tossed in 2-3 Tbsp. fish sauce, lemon juice and fresh ground pepper - If Vegetarian, substitute baked tofu or flavored wheat gluten or just add in more vegetables
  •  A handful of lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh thai sweet basil, roughly chopped if leaves are large
  • 1/3 large cucumber, sliced into matchstick-like pieces
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • Handful of peanuts
  • Sweet chili sauce



    1)    Bring a pan of water to the boil. Put the carrot and bean sprouts in a sieve and blanch the vegetables in the boiling water for a few minutes then run them under the cold water so that they are just cooked.

    2)    Let the water cool down slightly then put the rice wrappers in the water until they are malleable. Then comes the fun bit, assembling it!

    3)    You put the ingredients in the middle of one diameter of the rice wrapper. Start with a few lettuce leaves and pile onto this the bean sprouts, carrots and cucumber then the meat/fish (or no meat if you fancy vegetarian ones). Add in some whole coriander, sweet basil and mint leaves (or only whatever you have).

    4)    Then fold over the empty diameter on top of the filling then take one side of the filling and roll over to the other side. Repeat as many times as you can with the fillings that you have.

    5)    Assemble the spring rolls on a bed of lettuce leaves with the dipping sauce in a pot in the middle. Chop the peanuts with a bit of sweet basil and sprinkle over the top.

    6)    Enjoy!

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