Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Cool Dinners For the Heat

It is still really hot here at the moment, between 35 and 42 degrees Celsius for the last 2 weeks.  So the idea of turning the oven on is not at all appealing.

We have been using the BBQ outside and eating lots of salads.  Tonight I used up some bits and pieces from the fridge to make fresh spring rolls with dipping sauce.
The sauce is actually clear but came out dark in the photo.
The spring rolls can be filled with any fresh vegetables, noodles and meat if you choose. And the dipping sauce is not just great for spring rolls but also goes well with things like Chicken Wings or Drumsticks and is great as a salad dressing on a Warm Thai Beef Salad.

Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce

1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/4 Cup Rice or Coconut Vinegar (use white if you cannot get these)
1/3 Cup Water
1 tsp Salt
2 Cloves Garlic, Peeled and Crushed
1/4 Cup Chopped Coriander
2 -6 Small Red Chillies, finely chopped (I use 4 and because of the sugar it is not that hot)

Combine sugar, vinegar, water and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil cooking until the sauce has reduced by half.  Remove from the heat and stir in the garlic, coriander and chillies.

What have you been eating lately?


  1. Sounds yummy for a hot evening! I've been using the slow cooker because it doesn't heat the kitchen. And it's wonderful at this time of year for fruit! The kids are living on peaches, nectarines and apricots. Yum!

  2. Looks great Fiona, have never tried to make those. Thanks for the recipe. You buy the wraps frozen or fresh?
    Lots of salads and BBQs here too, mixed with the occasional crock pot. We have resorted to the odd Thai takeaway too, bit of a treat to let someone else cook. cheers Wendy

    1. Wendy I just buy the wraps dried in the Asian section of the supermarket. Your just soak them in water and they soften up.


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