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Avocado Spring Rolls with Sweet Chile Garlic & Ponzu Sauce


Happy Wednesday!

I made the most amazing spring rolls – it was my first time to make them and I totally impressed myself!

Soft, crunchy, creamy, herb-y & just that je ne sais quoi that I TOTALLY LOVE!

Here are the rock star ingredients:

  • rice paper wrappers
  • seedless cucumber
  • avocado
  • pickled ginger
  • butter lettuce
  • cilantro
  • shredded carrot
  • chives

Pickled ginger has become my new favorite ingredient!  It is spicy and sweet and vinegar-y.  It’s close to the top of the list of perfect foods for you to eat so it’s a win-win!  I have found myself asking for extra anytime I go eat sushi- who am I??

The funny thing is that I have never liked the taste of ginger- when I was little we would go eat at Uncle Tai’s in the Galleria and I would pick out the ginger piece by piece- if I accidentally got a bite, the face I made was horrid. I guess my palate is changing but don’ t think that means you will find blue cheese or olives on my plate any time soon- I have limits my friends!

The prep time on this is going to take some time but the pay off is so awesome!

Cut the cucumber in half and then cut the bottom off so you can stand it straight up and cut vertical slices

Once that is done you can cut the pretty matchstick pieces

Then you want to cut that GORGEOUS avocado in thin strips…..it’s like my favorite food EVER

I just need some salt and fork – YUM!

OK seriously- we need to wet the rice paper wrapper in a shallow dish of water.

Speaking of rice paper- you should be able to get it at your local market but mine was out so I went to the sushi bar and asked if they had any and he gave me several sheets for $$FREE$$ – which again makes the great point of talking to the people at your store and ask questions- they are there to help!!

The rice paper looks crazy when you get it- thin and crackly with a weird texture but when you submerge it in the water it magically transforms like shrinky-dinks in a hot oven

Just submerge it for a few minutes and then lay it on a big dry plate and get ready to fill that baby up

First- lay the avocado slices across so they are the superstar of the roll!

*disclaimer- please make sure to put lemon/lime juice on your avocado after slicing it so it doesn’t get brown spots like mine

Add the rest of the ingredients too

And then you start rollin’ rollin’ rollin’

The tighter- the better – it won’t rip- it’s super strong and you don’t want all your glorious veg pouring out when you bite into it!

Time to make the dipping sauce while that hangs out for a minute

  • Taste of Asia Sweet Chili Garlic sauce (best depth of flavor of all I have tried)
  • Kikkoman Ponzu sauce

If you haven’t tried Ponzu it rocks- it is a citrus soy sauce – soy sauce alone doesn’t work for me anymore

I am dedicated to new flavors like that


Now go out and make these- they are awesome and you could even throw some shredded chicken or tofu in there if you need more protein!

Have a great day!


How do you butter your bread?


So I was looking around the kitchen this morning for inspiration and I noticed that I had some leftover cilantro and raspberries from recipes that I had made over the weekend.  With no immediate plans to use them in the next few days, I came up with the idea to make 2 seperate butters highlighting each ingredient–look at the results:

The outcomes of both butters exceeded my wildest dreams….now let me show you how easy it is to make them……

Lemonberry Butter

Here are the players~

Raspberries, unsalted butter & lemon zest + a super sweet secret ingredient..scroll down

Do you know how beautifully fragrant lemon zest is??  It is absolutely fantastic…..if you have ever driven the Amalfi Coast then it will take you right back there–if not– please put it on your bucket list.  You can thank me later;)

Sorry my ADD is kicking in today…..back to the butter

I just used a spatula and creamed the softened butter and then tossed in the zest + whole raspberries + an amazing secret ingredient~

 Vanilla Sugar from Penzey’s….I love to open the bottle and just smell it but I am kinda crazy like that

Sprinkle in a little magic and stir up the mixture

You can just break up the raspberries with the tip of the spatula but don’t mutilate the poor things.

Then lay out some wax paper and put a piece of plastic wrap on top

pop it in the freezer for about an hour and this is what you get~

Spread it on toast, waffles, pancakes…..it is sweet and tart and rich.  The perfect way to kick up your breakfast or afternoon snack!

Cilantro butter

Here is what you need~

Cilantro, salted butter, lemon zest, garlic, pepper + a secret ingredient!

There is just a bunch of love in that little bottle…that can only make this herbacious butter BETTER!

Chop up the cilantro & mince the garlic and put it all in the bowl with the rest of the lemon zest & a dash of pepper & Arizona Dreaming

Roll it up like we did the Berry butter

And after you chill it in the freezer for about an hour or so this is what you get~

You can spread it on anything but a couple of suggestions would be a steak, roasted chicken or the bottom of a shoe…it is versatile like that!

Don’t let those fruits and herbs go to waste- where there is a will there is a way!

Have a great Tuesday night!

How do you use up your leftover fruits?