The Simplicity of a Spring Roll

We all go through our creative droughts but as self-described foodie, mine always lands on the inevitable doom of making something new. After scrolling through video after video of TikTok chefs and occasionally flipping through food network I was introduced to the spring roll... no longer just something you order with take out or at your favorite restaurant but something easy and quick to make.

If you don't have rice paper that's your first step, I've been able to find them at all of my local chain grocery stores. They come in different sizes, similar to a tortilla, so you'll need to think about how many fillings you'd like to add. After you've added the rice paper to your cart the rest is entirely up to you, meat is optional so this dish can be vegetarian friendly. Once you've decided on your fillings the next dilemma is what sauce you'd like to pair your glorious spring rolls with, while there are several sauces you can buy pre-made among the seemingly endless aisles of condiments, I'm going to give you two recipes of my personal favorites. 

The Tried and True Peanut Dipping Sauce : 

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (or whatever similar butter you desire)

1-2 tsp. of soy sauce

1-2 tsp. of the sweetener of your choice (I prefer brown sugar) 

1 tsp. garlic chili sauce or 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

2-3 tsp. lime juice 

1/4 cup water to thin

Mix everything together in a bowl. I find using a whisk is the best option for this sauce. Add water as needed to achieve the consistency that's right for you. This recipe makes four servings and can last up to a week in your refrigerator.

The Magic of a Simple Hoisin Sauce :

1/2 cup Hoisin Sauce

4 tsp. sugar

4 tsp. water

4 tsp. lime juice (freshly squeezed is what I prefer)

Mix in a bowl until the sugar has dissolved, and you have a beautiful sauce that will last in your fridge for nearly five days. This recipe makes a 3/4 serving but like all recipes can be doubled easily.

Now that your sauces are made, and your spring rolls are wrapped the time to eat is upon you. While we all eat, I think it's quite important to prepare your food with love, and to think of it as a sort of edible art. I find nothing more satisfying than crafting something that will not only nourish me but also put my mind at ease in the creation process. As always and with love, enjoy your hand-crafted masterpiece.