Duck~less Pancake Rice Rolls

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I’ve been vegetarian for over twenty years. Friends often ask oooh do you not miss bacon?! I must admit I love the smell! But even that isn’t enough to tempt me. This week I got asked something a little more unusual. My friend Rachel had been out for a Chinese and asked ‘ooooh, do u not miss duck pancakes!’ Having never tried one it’s a case of not knowing what I’m missing out on! I do love the sound of plum sauce though ~ and as it’s pancake day, I thought I’d try something a little different.

These duck-less rice rolls are super healthy. Filled with shiitake mushrooms which have been used medicinally by the Chinese for more than 6,000 years, sesame seeds which are full of skin healing copper, zinc and selenium, and fresh coriander which can lower cholesterol, ease arthritis and reduce blood pressure ~ who needs duck 🙂

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INGREDIENTS

Thinly sliced spring onions

Thinly sliced cucumber

Pan fried shiitake & field mushrooms

A little coconut oil (for frying)

Fresh coriander (cilantro USA)

Watercress

Sesame seeds

PLUM SAUCE

5 fresh plums

1 clove of garlic

1 peeled small chunk of ginger (or a little ginger powder)

A few drops of tamari sauce

A few drops of balsamic vinegar

Squeeze of manuka honey

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Warm the honey over a low heat. Chop the plums, removing the stone, and add the pieces to the honey. Add a clove of garlic, a little chopped ginger and a few drops of tamari and balsamic. Gently stir everything while warming. Once the plums are soft, allow the mixture to cool and whizz everything in a blender. The consistency should be jam like in texture. If it’s too sweet or too sharp, add a drop more balsamic or honey accordingly.

Rice paper sheets are great. You can buy them dry and they only need dipping in water for a couple of seconds. Dip one at a time, lie it flat, fill it along the centre with onion, cucumber, mushrooms and half a teaspoon of plum sauce, then roll.

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There is an art to rolling! Roll the bottom of the sheet up first, then roll from left to right. It gets easier and neater with practice but it’s actually much simpler than you would imagine!

Serve your duck-less wraps with a tasty bowl of rice noodles and some steamed stem broccoli.

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