Earlier in July this year the annual food bloggers conference - Food Bloggers Connect - celebrated its fifth anniversary in London - it was a great opportunity to meet old and new friends and getting insightful advice on running a food blog from different people related to the food and blogging industries.
It was also a time to learn that kids and plans seriously do not work well together as I was restricted in attending
But let's get back to the friends - I got a lovely gift basket from my friend Artemis of Greek food blog Wonderfoodland which included a traditional Greek thing called oxymel. I hadn't tried that before but according to the label it is a very old traditional mixture used to boost health and mentioned in ancient texts of Aristotle, Hippocrates snd Lysias and consists of honey, vinegar, wine, currants and figs. And it can be used as salad dressing - and what salad dressing!
I used it in this fast and easy recipe that combines my favourite flavours of Mediterranean and Asian foods - in the form of Vietnamese rice spring roll wrappers and minted cucumber cubes with fresh tomato salsa, Greek oxymel dressing and spiced pork pieces (any other ready doner kebab meat will do, or omit the meat completely for a vegetarian version).
Of course the wrappers will taste wonderful evven without the oxymel and I don't remember seeing it anywhere in stores in the UK. (I might be wrong.) It would be nice to try and make some own oxymel and I am writing that down for another time.
The freshness comes from the combination of fresh vegetables and mint and the uncooked wrapper - delicious guaranteed.
Makes 15 wraps
1. Cooked seasoned pork peaces - about 200 g (for convenience use kebab meat - chicken or lamb)
2. for the tomato salsa:
4 ripe tomatoes - chopped
1/2 red onion finely chopped
1 tbsp Greek oxymeli dressing
3. for the cucumber salad:
1 cucumber - chopped
3 tablespoons chopped mint leaves
And the final ingredient : rice roll wrappers
To make the cucumber salad just chop 1 cucumber and mix with fresh chopped mint leaves - set aside.
To make the tomato salsa - combine all the ingredients and set aside.
Heat the meat and start assembling!
You can use the oxymel for dipping if you'd like.