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Avocado BLT Fresh Rolls with Warm Bacon Nuoc Cham

Avocado BLT Fresh Rolls with Bacon Nuoc Cham
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It seems I can’t let a summer pass without making fresh rolls – a couple of rounds at least. And because I am a weirdo, I am incapable of making any of the traditional versions. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rice paper rolls from my local Vietnamese place and I have enjoyed a shrimp roll or two in my day. But as far as I’m concerned, these classic rolls are best when they’re made by seasoned hands. My lemongrass chicken rolls will never approach the perfection I get from Pho Challenge up the street from me. So, I mess with the fillings and what I have learned from my experiments is anything you can put in a sandwich you can put in a rice paper roll. And these Avocado BLT Fresh Rolls are further evidence of my findings.

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Braised Tofu Fresh Rolls with Rice Vermicelli

Braised Tofu Fresh Rolls with Rice Vermicelli
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Since the beginning of January, I’ve found myself reaching for lighter things. Not necessarily diet food but certainly more fruit and vegetables than I was consuming in December. After a parade of Thanksgiving indulgences, Halloween candy splurges, and a deluge of Holiday treats, my tastebuds are screaming for a refresh. Not because I want to find my way into a pair of my high school jeans. It’s more a desire to shock my system and wake myself up from a sluggish parade of potatoes, pasta, and bread. If you share these sentiments in any small way, these Braised Tofu Fresh Rolls are for you.

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Lobster Fresh Rolls with Sambal Mayo

Lobster Fresh Rolls with Sambal Mayo
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This is the week I was supposed to be in Nova Scotia visiting my folks. Although I moved to Toronto nearly 13 years ago, I still go through bouts of homesickness. They usually increase in intensity during the summer months because, well, Nova Scotia is particularly spectacular in the summer. Usually, I visit around this time to ease this annual affliction. But due to COVID, I will be staying in Toronto this summer. So instead of swimming in my beloved Atlantic, star gazing, and building bonfires with my dad, I will be traveling via my dinner plate. I think it’s fair to say, these Lobster Fresh Rolls with Sambal Mayo won’t be the last East Coast fantasy meal you’ll find on this blog this summer.

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Larb Fresh Rolls

Today’s Larb Fresh Rolls are brought to you by seasonal temperatures! Yes, the weather is finally on the upswing here and I once again believe in the existence of summer. This long-awaited shift has got me thinking about salads, chilled noodles, and boxes upon boxes of popsicles, the more colorful and bizarre-looking the better. Basically, all things refreshing have been strolling through my mind for the better part of a week. Gone are the baked pasta fantasies and mashed potato daydreams. Now, all I want is grilled fish, cool crisp fruit plates and all the fresh rolls I can handle. I’m starting to realize my eating habits would be much healthier if I lived in a warmer climate. Dang. Oh well!

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