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Vietnamese Style Summer Rolls


  • 1 ounce bean thread noodles (cellophane noodles)
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • 4 (8-inch) rice-paper rounds, plus additional in case some tear
  • 2 red-leaf lettuce leaves, ribs cut out and discarded and leaves halved
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves (preferably Thai)
  • ½ cup thinly sliced Napa cabbage
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup coarsely shredded carrot (1 medium)


Cover noodles with boiling-hot water and soak 15 minutes, then drain well in a sieve. Pat dry between paper towels and toss with vinegar and salt to taste.

Put a double thickness of paper towel on a work surface and fill a shallow baking pan with warm water. Soak 1 rice-paper round (make sure there are no holes) in warm water until pliable, 30 seconds to 1 minute, then transfer to paper towels.

Arrange 1 piece of lettuce on bottom half of soaked rice paper, folding or tearing to fit and leaving a 1-inch border along edge. Spread one fourth of peanut sauce over lettuce and top with one fourth each of mint, basil, cabbage, and noodles. Roll up rice paper tightly around filling and, after rolling halfway, arrange one fourth of cilantro and carrot along crease. Then fold in sides and continue rolling. Transfer summer roll to a plate and cover with dampened paper towels.

Make 3 more rolls in same manner. Serve rolls halved on the diagonal.


So, was anyone wanting an update on the physical change spell I’m testing?

I did the spell with the objective of growing my hair. I completely shaved my head bald several months ago, and in the place where I measured immediately prior to starting the spell, my hair had grown back a mere two inches since then. 

Yesterday, when I measured in that spot again, it measured at two and a quarter inches. That’s one fourth of an inch in three days. That’s well above average even with hair that ISN’T taking its time to come back like mine is!

Given those results, I’m ruling the spell a success

And in case anyone is curious: I didn’t measure my hair between starting the spell and checking in yesterday. I didn’t do anything special or different with my hair or my hair care. I only spent a few seconds at most with the crystal each night – all of the time added up together after initially starting the spell probably wouldn’t even equal a minute. Even if you include the fact that I did bring the crystal out twice a day on two days (I was falling asleep in the mornings and took it out just before bed on the 17th and 19th).