Today we will take a trip to the city of Agrabah. Never heard of it? Well that’s because it’s a fictional place located in the Middle East. Agrabah is the home of Aladdin, Jasmine and, of course, the Genie.
I once touched on the topic of live-action remakes. I admit I have yet to see last year’s updated version but by all accounts it was quite the success. Many had doubts about Will Smith’s adaptation of the Genie. How does one actually fill the late Robin Williams’ shoes? Apparently by not only giving great homage to the man but also putting one’s own personal touches on the character. And from what I’ve heard and read, Will did just that…made the Genie his own. I do have this on my list of movies to see soon.
So in honor of Aladdin, I will dissect the recipe for Magic Carpet Roll-Ups.
Before we begin, though, I will tell a short quick story. Because, as you know, I always have some sort of yarn to spin before I dive into the recipe. We were at Disney a few years ago. I recall it was early December, and my sisters and I attended Mickey’s Merry Christmas Party. This event is held after the park closes and is open only to guests who purchase a ticket. This special party boasts shows that are performed in front of the castle and provides treats that can be found throughout the park. There is an enormous parade with countless Disney characters, and it all culminates in a fireworks extravaganza. If you have not participated in this event, I highly recommend purchasing a ticket. I promise it will bring out the child in you.
Where was I going with this? Oh yes; now I remember. We had returned to the park to attend the party. The night sky covered the Magic Kingdom so it was quite dark as we strolled the grounds into Adventureland. As we approached the Magic Carpets of Aladdin ride something hit me in the eye. I wasn’t sure what had happened. It felt as if someone shot me with a rubber band or something of that nature. As I rubbed my eye, I looked up and noticed the large camel that stands in front of the ride. Apparently it spits water at unsuspecting people passing by the ride. Sure enough, I felt water on my face. That lousy camel got me! Now whenever we pass that ride I make sure not to make eye contact with that camel.
So now back to the recipe. The roll-ups were very simple to make (the book gave it two crowns in the difficulty category). The ingredients are basic: carrot, red bell pepper, flatbread or flour tortilla (your preference) and cream-cheese spread.
To assemble you simply slice the carrot and the pepper into thin strips and trim the curved edges of the flatbread or tortilla to create a rectangular shape. Then you spread the cream cheese onto the bread. You insert several of the vegetable strips into the center coil at each end to create the appearance of tassels.
Sounds simple and it truly was, but mine did not come out looking as nice as the picture in the book. I think should I make this again I would purchase carrot strips. My magic carpets would have appeared much more like carpets rather than this…
Another suggestion would be to use a veggie spread or try the tip in the book “You can make these roll-ups using hummus instead of cream cheese.” I felt it was highly lacking in the flavor department.
Finally the recipe serves two, so I made a salad for the roll-up’s company. It was a nice little bite, but certainly not filling. Maybe I was supposed to eat two myself? Either way, this recipe gets two tiaras. I hate to do it but it was a bit blasé.
Perhaps I will try it again and substitute hummus and buy pre-sliced carrots. However, I still have many more recipes to try in the book. Which brings us to next week’s adventure where we will go under the sea.
Until then, have a magical day! And always remember these wise words from Walt, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Go out and dream, my friends!