Video: Veggie Spring Rolls*



Guess who made it to Round 7 of Project Food Blog?! ME! ME! ME! …and as you can see I am totally playing it cool!

I was so thrilled to have made it to Round 7 until I remembered that Round 7 is the video challenge, which means that I had to learn to use the Sony Bloggie (little hand held video camera like The Flip) that my parents got me for my birthday. I also had to learn how to speak in front of the camera AND how to edit video. Considering this was my first time, ever, I am proud of what I did! My video may not be as beautiful as some of the bloggers who hired videographers or had professional editors, but it has heart and good food! And I’m totally proud of it!

I knew this would be a difficult challenge for me, so when I was choosing a recipe, I choose the Veggie Spring Rolls from my archives! I knew these were something that any novice can make, which means they are prefect to be on camera! Spring Rolls are like riding a bike, once you get the hang of it, you will never forget. The hardest part is using the rice paper, but I promise it’s not hard! As you will see in the video, rice paper is actually a dream to work with. These spring rolls make an amazing snack, lunch, or appetizer for a party! They keep extremely well in the fridge and are ready to go in a moments notice.

So without further ado, please poke fun at me enjoy the video!



If you enjoyed my video, please do not forget to vote! Voting opens on Monday, Nov 15th at 9am and closes Thursday, Nov 19th. This round they are going from 48 contestants to 24 contestants, and I REALLY want to stick around! So please vote! :-)






Veggie Spring Rolls


2 oz dry black bean spaghetti or buckwheat soba noodles cooked according to package. Drained and reserved.
½ cup cilantro, loosely packed and roughly chopped
½ cup scallions, thinly sliced
10 basil leaves, chiffonade or minced if necessary
20 mint leaves, chiffonade or minced if necessary
½ cup purple or regular carrot, grated
½ cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced, about 2″ long
½ orange bell pepper, thinly sliced, about 2″ long
½ yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced, about 2″ long
1 firm avocado, halved and pit removed
1 package spring roll wrappers


Toss first 9 ingredients together and set aside.

Find an undamaged sheet of rice paper and hold it under warm water for about 10 seconds or until the sheet is pliable. By holding it in your hand, you will be able to feel when it gets to the right consistency and it is easier to move to a plate to fill.

Place the sheet onto a wooden cutting board or large ceramic plate. Place about one ounce of filling onto the rice paper, off-center, closest to you. Using a spoon, scoop out a ¼-inch thick wedge of avocado and set it onto the filling.

Pull the bottom of the rice paper over the top of the filling then fold both sides over toward the center (like a burrito). Gently pulling toward you, roll the spring roll up toward the top.

Cut spring rolls in half and serve with dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce

You will need:
The juice of 1 lemon, 1 lime, and 2 tangerines
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
¾ cup reduced sodium soy sauce

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Adapted from: Roberto Martin

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41 Responses to “Video: Veggie Spring Rolls”

  1. 1

    Erin @ One Particular Kitchen — November 14, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

    LOVE the video! You did such a great job — I’ve never made those but I totally feel like I could after watching you. Can’t wait to vote for you tomorrow! :)

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    nicole — November 14, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

    the recipe sounds so good and easy. your video is fantastic too

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    Angela (Oh She Glows) — November 14, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

    Excellent job on the video!

    I had a bad experience with spring rolls before but this makes me want to try it again…

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    Mom — November 14, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

    Great job Jessica!!!! I really want you to make Spring Rolls for me!!!!!!!!!!!!! YUMMY!!!!!

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    Hot Polka Dot's Mom — November 14, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

    So colourful, fresh and delicious. Loved your recipe and video. You are a natural. Relaxed, pleasant and genuine. Congratulations!

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    Jennifer (Delicieux) — November 14, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

    Great job!! The spring rolls look fantastic too. I love veggies rice paper rolls.

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    miryam — November 14, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

    Great job on the video and I think perfect recipe choice. I do not think the fact that you used your own camera and expertise will be a factor to consider for judges to eliminate you at all.

    I hope that you make it to the last round and for sure I will be voting for you tomorrow. Love your recipes. Good luck!

    PS: These are right up my alley so will be making these soon, thanks for sharing :-)

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — November 14, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

    Great job! I’ve made spring rolls before, but not veggie. These look awesome. Good luck! :)

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    Mariko — November 14, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

    Thank you so much for showing us the wheel technique! I tried once to make these rolls and they just turned so sticky and gummy and thick. Not good at all. I was so disappointed. I was sure that the restaurants had a special kind of wrapper or something. Now I want to try again.

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    Laura — November 14, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

    Great job on the video-I love it! And now I want to eat a spring roll. Good luck in the next round!

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    velva — November 14, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

    Awesome! I am cheering for you. Great instructional video,

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    Kerstin — November 14, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    What a great video – good luck, can’t wait to vote! You made it look easy :)

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    5 Star Foodie — November 14, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

    You did a terrific job on the video! I will come back to vote tomorrow!

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    naomi — November 14, 2010 @ 11:46 pm

    Your veggie rolls look beautiful! I love the sauce you have paired with it.

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    Baking is my Zen — November 14, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

    Wonderful blog. Wonderful post. Love the spring roll recipe!
    I may use this for appetizers on Thanksgiving.

    Great job on the video. I like how you pace yourself when you speak and you present in an easy fashion. You’re a natural in front of the camera.

    Thanks for stopping by.


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    Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris — November 15, 2010 @ 1:48 am

    I just loved how calm and poised you are in the video, the recipe and your charm!
    Well done! Good luck!

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    Heather — November 15, 2010 @ 11:09 am

    I have to say–spring rolls scare the crap out of me (to make, not in general), but this video makes it look so easy! Plus, you have a very calming effect. :) Great job!

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    Lori Lynn — November 15, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    They look perfectly fresh and delicious, love the filling.
    Great job on the video, I bet it is fun to hang out in your kitchen.

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    Becky — November 15, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    Great video!! I’ve never tried making spring rolls myself but you make it look so easy! This peanut sauce loving girl would totally give that dipping sauce a try too : )

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    Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot — November 15, 2010 @ 11:49 am

    Awesome video my friend! I must admit I have a serious case of appliance envy right now. Those spring rolls are so colourful and fresh. That sauce looks yummy too! Good luck to you!

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    Amelia from Z Tasty Life — November 15, 2010 @ 11:51 am

    what a fabulous, healthy and refreshing recipe. You explained it wonderfully: calm and poised…can’t wait to make it!

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    sippitysup — November 15, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    You know the video makes the rolling so ‘transparent’. HA! Get it? Transparent… beautiful job here. GREG

  23. 23

    Lisa~Korean American Mommy — November 15, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

    Love the blonde hair. And awesome video. Voted!

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    kristin @ delishliving — November 15, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    Your video is fantastic. The recipe is perfect (I will definitely be trying these) and you are a total natural. I also think you have a nice voice to listen to!!! Well done :)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 15, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    So cool to see you in action, Jessica! This is a great video, and a great recipe from a beautiful and talented cook-slash-baker! 😉 Keep up the great work.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — November 15, 2010 @ 4:51 pm


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    Dee — November 15, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

    I think I might just have to make these! :)

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    Lalala-LA! — November 15, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

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    Vegolicious — November 16, 2010 @ 2:06 am

    Beautiful looking spring rolls and great video.

    I’d love for you to submit some of your beautiful photos, and a link to your posts, to my vegetarian food photo gallery showcasing the best vegetarian/vegan dishes on the web.

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    Clare @ Mrs Multitasker — November 16, 2010 @ 6:14 am

    Great first video effort jessica! I just voted for ya =)

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    Baking is my Zen — November 16, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    I just voted for you! Good luck!!

    Carmen of Baking is my Zen

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    Tiny Urban Kitchen — November 16, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

    I love fresh spring rolls and a video is the perfect way to demystify how to make them. Avocados sounds like a great filling, something I’ve never tried before!

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    Sharlene (Wheels and Lollipops) — November 17, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    Great job ! You make rolling seem like a piece of cake. Spring rolls are one of my fav and a great way to get extra veggies in. Good Luck

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    Melissa @ Made in Melissa's Kitchen — November 17, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    You should definitely be proud of your video! You look so collected and calm, amazing job!

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    Karen Lopez — November 17, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

    Wow. Thanks for the tips about the rice paper. I never seem to get them right so I’m afraid to buy them. Now I know….

    Love fresh rolls – I load mine up with cilantro and peanuts because I love those, but now I want to try your recipe.

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    Carrie Wright — January 15, 2014 @ 9:13 am

    Why post a video if it is going to be listed as private and cannot be viewed ??

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    mike henrichs — March 31, 2015 @ 2:42 pm

    Yes, how does one “sign up” to see your private videos? Really wanted to see your technique.

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