I've been asked a few times where I get inspiration to create some of my recipes. I wish I could say that it just pops in my head as I'm scrubbing the kitchen...(Scrubbing=Chocolate Crumbs=Chocolates Good= But Veggies are Good Too- CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS!!) Nope. Not that brilliant. Honestly a lot of the food that's published on this site has to do with memories.
There are moments in my life that I specifically remember the way a type of meal/food had tasted. I'm talking some of my earliest memories are triggered by my taste buds, like lemonade at my grandparents house.
Or throwing up a corn dog from Hot Dog on a Stick at 3 years of age...
I'm not sure if that means I was meant to be a food blogger all along, or if that I just had to learn early on that hot dogs are the nastiest thing on the planet. Either way, food and the way it tastes has always left an impression on me. Good OR bad.
This summer we took our, what felt like, first vacation in forever to the beautiful Hawaiin Islands. While there I ate a lot of food.
A lot of our time was spent relaxing by this beautiful pool at the hotel. By the pool was this restaurant that you could order drinks and food pool side. They had this milkshake there....
Every time we ordered food there I got these Chicken Spring Rolls. I've had spring rolls before, but these were so memorable. They were so refreshing with a touch of mint and super light, which made it nice when you are eating in your bathing suit.
Ever since then I've wanted to make them at home, but I HAVE NOT been able to find rice paper. I don't know if the city of Las Vegas in anti-rice paper, but it just hasn't happened. So in desperation I used egg rolls, but if you are lucky enough to live in a pro rice paper community then by all means, use it! It definitely adds to the 'lightness' of the dish.
(Note: If you use rice paper, don't bake them! Just fill and enjoy!)
Printable Recipe Here: Chicken Spring Rolls with Crunchy Almond Butter Dipping Sauce
My husband and I fought over these, along with who could get more of the dipping sauce. I love when he approves of the food I make!
My picky three year old wasn't thrilled about trying them since she has a problem with food that is touching, but she did love dipping her chicken in the sauce!
Now if only I could recreate the situation in which I first ate these spring rolls, well then...That would be awesome.