Better late than never

This week’s CEiMB recipe for soft Asian summer rolls with a sweet & savory dipping sauce was hosted by A Blog About Food. CEiMB recipes are usually featured on Thursdays but since this Thursday my dinner ended up being froyo and cookies, I made the rolls for lunch on Friday. Adam worked from home so we got to enjoy these as a light meal mid-day. Better late than never, right? :)

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I’m going to be honest. I wasn’t sure about these guys. Fresh basil and mint scares me in large amounts and the herbs were sure to stand out with such a short ingredients list. Furthermore, right before heading home to make these for lunch, I read Liz’s less-than stellar review of these and got scared even more. I am happy to say everything went without a glitch! 😀

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I cut the amount of rice vinegar in the sauce by half (saw the too-vinegary complaint in several reviews) and the sauce was perfect. Nice and spicy (and a little sweet), well balanced. The rolls were an ease to roll too – way easier in fact than I thought they would be. I made sure to soften the rice paper one at a time, and then quickly stuffed it with all the cut-up veggies, shrimp… and noodles?

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Oh yes, noodles! After taking the above 3 photos, I realized I forgot about the noodles. I made them, but they were on the other side of the table and totally escaped my mind. So now that I caught this little mistake, the other 3 rolls had their noodles. See the 2 rolls on the left in the pic below? Yes, much better! :)

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Last thing I forgot to mention, I used my mandoline to finely cut the carrots and decided to do the same with some fresh zucchini I had in the fridge. It was a good call, I’d do that again. And yes, I would make these again. Go light on the mint, heavier on the shrimp (1/roll is not enough!) and definitely keep the zucchini addition. Adam’s only complaint was that there weren’t more of these. Success! :mrgreen:

I can’t wait to make other types of summer rolls too since I now have about 300 rice paper rounds left. Any filling ideas?

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After work, I got back to my kitchen to bake some cookies. Adam and I are attending 2 parties this weekend. What better gift to bring than some freshly made vegan cookies! 😉

First party – all ready for travel!

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Dreena’s super-charge me cookies

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I used a combo of raisins and cranberries as dried fruit. I’d add even more dried fruit next time – maybe some tart dried cherries? Mmm, cherries. 😀

And Dreena’s “you got peanut butter in my chocolate” cookies (also from Eat, drink & be vegan; recipe can be found here)

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.. and then I went a little crazy with the photo-shoot. 😆

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So here is the verdict on these 2 recipes. I liked the super-charge me cookies. I enjoyed the oats and the combo of the choc chips with dried fruit. I really think some tart cherries will be perfect in these. I’d even add more than 1/2 cup as per the recipe. Load ’em up!!

The choc/pb cookies came out pretty flat and tasted a bit burnt to me. I cooked them for exactly 11 minutes as per the recipe, so I’m not sure if this was the intended taste or if something went wrong in my kitchen. I *may* make them again. We’ll see. Everyone at the first party we went to liked my cookies. We’ll see what the other reviewers will say tonight.

Have you ever made vegan cookies before?

Any fun plans for this weekend?

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15 comments to Better late than never

  • they turned out beautiful! i so wish i could have found those rice papers. great idea with the sauce, i’m going to do that next time!

  • My husband is obsessed with the spring rolls. If you are overwhelmed by basil, I make one with cilantro, cucumber, shrimp, ginger, and zucchini.

  • Those summer rolls look great! I find vegan cookies tend to come out more flat than ones with dairy products as well, not sure what I’m doing wrong.

  • I bet there are so many great versions of the summer rolls, they look really good! I have never tried to make vegan cookies, I guess I just never really had a reason to.

  • I have ED&BV on my bookshelf but haven’t baked anything from it yet. All of the recipes look awesome, though, so I’m excited to try them out!

  • I love Dreena’s Super Charge Me Cookies, but the pb & chocolate cookies are just okay.

    The summer rolls look gorgeous!

  • Liz

    I’m so glad they turned out better for you! After a couple other comments, I think I may have left my wrappers in the water too long so they were too soft. I have plenty left to experiment with so hopefully it will go better next time around. These got such good reviews – I hate that mine turned out so icky.

    I’ve never made vegan cookies before, but those oat and fruit ones sound delicious.

  • I’ve definitely made vegan cookies before and they’ve all tasted wonderful. Couldn’t tell they were vegan. :) I wonder how dried cherries would taste in cookies.. I’m not a huge fan of them by themselves but I think they would probably taste pretty good in a cookie?

  • ooh, i have a ton of spring roll wrappers, too :) the super charge me cookies are fabulous!

    guess what i bought this weekend… :)

  • I wish I could find those rice roll wrappers! I have been dreaming of making summer rolls wish fresh veggies.

    Also, I only make vegan cookies and love the supercharge ones and another favorite is from The Kind Life book.

  • Those rolls look so yummy! I’ve always wanted to make them, and I keep forgetting to buy some rice paper wrappers at the store. They would be great for the summer. For filling ideas — I love bean sprouts because of the crunch, but maybe I would blanch them first — I like them cooked more than raw….

  • I looove fresh rolls dipped in any type of sauce, but especially peanut. Yum, I usually get them at Myers + Chang, but I really should make some at home.

  • wow that’s a ton of rolls to have left. the ones you made look delicious! whatever you end up filling the rest of yours with, I’m looking forward to seeing it! the transparency of the rice paper makes it fun
    Katherine

  • I need to make these summer rolls. I always order them when I go out for Vietnamese food, which is quite often, but they seem so easy to do in your own kitchen.

  • I love the SuperChargeMe cookies! Except mine never look pretty when I make them like yours do. I think I mix them in the wrong order or something. But they always taste delicious :)

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