Whenever I feel a lack of inspiration, I always turn to colorful fashion photos. I’m not sure why honestly. Trying to combined food along with fashion photos to create a recipe can sometimes be a nightmare when the photo is SCREAMING colors!! BUT I find it helpful. It gets me out of the box that I’m comfortable with. It’s easy to create a dish that has the colors, reds, browns, greens and yellows, because let’s be real that’s what most of the food we consume on a daily basis looks like. When I push myself out of that zone, I am able to create dishes without feeling like it needs to look EXACTLY like the photo I’m comparing it to.
So, today’s inspiration features the Morelli Brother’s photography. I was instantly drawn to the scene and the vibrant colors of this photo. Seeing the other people in the background behind the women, just adds to it. It says, “Wow, look at these two confident, colorful, fashionable ladies!” I couldn’t help but think, “Man…I REALLY want that dress!”
Without much more talk, here is today’s recipe! Enjoy!
Colorful Spring Rolls with Spicy Garlic Sauce
1 carrot peeled and julienned
1 handful of thinly diced cilantro
half of a small purple cabbage thinly sliced
half of cucumber julienned
Cooked baby shrimp (optional)
Pot filled half way with warm water
Spicy Garlic Sauce
3 tbsp. of Soy Sauce
3-4 garlic cloves minced
1 tbsp. of Hoisin Sauce
1-2 tbsp. of Chili Sauce
1 tbsp. of thinly sliced cilantro (optional)
- Prepare day of or day before. Thinly slice carrot, cilantro, cabbage, and cucumber. Then set aside in an empty bowl. (If you’re adding shrimp, cook ahead of time. Follow directions on bag and set aside till ready to use.)
- Then prepare the spicy garlic sauce. In a small bowl add all the ingredients (including the thinly chopped garlic and cilantro) Then mix all together and set aside.
- Prepare a medium size pot of warm water. Be careful to only heat it to about medium heat or you might burn your hands if it’s too hot.
- Once the water is warm, bring the large plate onto the next burner beside the warm water. Add one spring roll wrapper at a time. Leave the wrapper in the warm water for about five seconds, then gently add it to the empty plate.
- From there you can add the veggies and optional shrimp. (I find it helpful to add most of the ingredients in the middle of the spring roll wrapper, then roll it from there. Try not to fill it up to much or you’ll have difficultly rolling it up.)
- Then repeat the process to make more spring rolls.
- Once finished, enjoy with friends and the added spicy garlic sauce.
Photos by. Bernadette Mira