Thursday, March 23, 2017

Recipe Of The Week: Lemongrass Banh Mi Spring Rolls

Lemongrass Banh Mi Spring Rolls
A few years ago, I posted Seared Tofu Banh Mi sandwiches on the blog and to this day they are one of our most popular recipes. I love a good Banh Mi, so I’m not at all surprised. This recipe is a version of that – sans the bread. Not that I feel there’s anything wrong with a good toasty baguette here and there, but in an effort to lighten things up I present spring rolls. Or should they be called summer rolls? Either way, let’s get on with our banh-mi-like filling.
Lemongrass Banh Mi Spring Rolls

Lemongrass Banh Mi Spring Rolls
There are a few steps involved in this recipe, but up until the rolling, everything can be made in advance. The recipe starts by making banh mi pickles. After you make them, they can be stored in the fridge for at least a month, so you’ll be prepared next time a banh mi craving hits.
Lemongrass Banh Mi Spring Rolls

Lemongrass Banh Mi Spring Rolls
Next, marinate the tofu in a garlic-tamari-lime-lemongrass mixture. This post is the last in the series of our partnership with method (see post’s 1, 2, and 3). The inspiration behind this post came when method asked me to come up with a lemongrass recipe inspired by their lemongrass scented kitchen wash. I think this is my favorite of them all because I just love lemongrass. Love & Lemongrass will be our next blog’s name.
Lemongrass Banh Mi Spring Rolls
Here’s a step by step of how I tuck and roll!
Lemongrass Banh Mi Spring Rolls

Lemongrass Banh Mi Spring Rolls

Lemongrass Banh Mi Spring Rolls
Lemongrass Banh Mi Spring Rolls

Serves: serves 4
pickled veggies:
lemongrass tofu marinade:
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • 10 ounces extra-firm tofu
for the spring rolls:
  • 4 ounces cooked vermicelli noodles
  • 8 (8½-inch) spring roll rice paper circles
  • generous handful of herbs (mint, basil and/or cilantro)
  • sea salt
sriracha mayo dipping sauce
  • ¼ cup mayo or vegan mayo
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  1. Make the pickled veggies. Place the radish, carrot, cucumber and jalapeno slices into a medium-sized jar. In a small bowl, whisk together the rice and white wine vinegars, sugar and the salt and pour the mixture into the jar with the vegetables. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  2. Make the lemongrass tofu marinade. Prepare the lemongrass by cutting off the root end and the tough upper stem of the stalk. Remove the thick outer part and then use the back of a chef's knife to bash the lemongrass. This helps release its flavor. Finely chop the inner layers, the tender white and light green part only (this should yield about 1½ tablespoons of minced lemongrass).
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemongrass, olive oil, tamari, lime juice, garlic and maple syrup.
  4. Cut the tofu into 8 4-inch long thick strips, and place in a rimmed baking dish. Pour ¾ of the marinade over the tofu and use your hands to flip the tofu in the dish until well coated. Chill for 30 minutes. (Reserve the remaining ¼ marinade to brush onto the tofu after it bakes.)
  5. Make the sriracha mayo dipping sauce. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sriracha and lime juice. Season to taste and chill until ready to use.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the tofu from the marinade and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and firm around the edges, flipping halfway through. Remove the tofu from the oven and brush with the remaining marinade and a pinch of salt.
  7. Assemble the spring rolls: Fill a shallow glass baking dish with 1 inch of warm water. Submerge one rice paper in the warm water for 15 seconds and then lay the softened wrapper on a clean kitchen towel. Place a portion of vermicelli noodles, a piece of tofu and some of the pickled veggies on the rice paper and top with some herbs. Fold the bottom of the wrapper over the filling and gently tuck the filling under the wrapper. Fold the sides over the filling. Then continue rolling and tucking the rice paper to form a spring roll. Repeat with the remaining rice papers.
  8. Serve with the sriracha mayo dipping sauce and tamari on the side.
If you make this, let us see! Tag your photo with #loveandlemons on Instagram.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

'Celebration of Life' is the Sunset Music Video of the Week

All Video Footage for all Sunset Music videos was done using the GoPro Hero3.

Thanks especially to my rams, Flyers, Phillies and Terps, and thanks to any participants who please, if you want to be credited in any way, contact us now at We will do it that minute.

Sunset Home Visual Entertainment

Hot Rods, Rat Rods: Back from Dead

All About The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2
Lil' Bush - Resident of United States - Season One
Michael Phelps2008 Olympics: Michael Phelps
Bands on the Run: The Rubber Band Movie
- Bazooka Classic Cartoons: Superman
The Matrix Reloaded (Full Screen Edition)
The Matrix Revolutions (Two-Disc Full Screen Edition)
Vietnam: Shadow Warriors - 4 Part Documentary Series
- Soup of the Day - All 19 Episodes
- Rambo III [Blu-ray]
- Inkheart [Blu-ray] 
- Troy (Two-Disc Full Screen Edition) 
- Collateral (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin - The Six Crystals
- Rockin At The Red Dawn - The Dawn of Psychedelic Rock
- American Chopper: Honoring The Uniform
- Battlestar Galactica The Feature Film (Widescreen Edition)
- Antonia
- First Strike / Reality Extreme 2 DVD Set
- The Civil War: A Nation Divided - American Heritage
- World War 1: A Lost Generation - American Heritage
D-Day: The Invasion - March to Victory - American Heritage
- Father of Freedom (Volume 1 & 2 Feature Length Documentary) - Abraham Lincoln
- Geisters: Fractions of the Earth Vol. 1
- Geisters: Fractions of the Earth Vol. 2
- Geisters: Fractions of the Earth Vol. 3
- Move & Groove with Noodlebug, Volume 1 - School Specialty
- Move & Groove with Noodlebug, Volume 2 - School Specialty
- Alonzo Bodden: Who's Paying Attention?
- Harry Potter Interactive DVD Game - Hogwarts Challenge  
- Michael Flatley Returns as Lord of the Dance
- Elvis: The Miniseries - Elvis Presley
- Barack Obama: The Power of Hope
- The Bravest
Love, Murder and Deceit Love, Murder and Deceit
- Martial Arts Extreme: Edge of Fury, Breathing Fire, Blood of the Dragon & Snake Crane Secret Various Artists
- Playboy Presents Rita Rita Hayworth
- War Classics, Vol. 3 War Classics
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- Happy Days: Second Season, 4 Disc Set Happy Days
- Laverne & Shirley: Second Season, 4 Disc Set
- Raggs Rocks Coloring & Activity Book and Musical DVD
- Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen
- The Starter Wife Season One on DVD
- Triple Feature: Betty Boop, Superman & Popeye
- Winning Kids Traveling Bear and the Yellow Flipper Coaster Vol. 2
- Blue River with Cool Mountain Stream DVD/CD Set
- Thank You for Smoking (Full Screen Edition)
- Hot Rods, Rat Rods: Back from Dead
- Comedy Classics: 4 DVD Set!
- Voice & The Empire 2 DVD Set!
- Buddy Bear in My First Day at Preschool
- Batman Begins (Full Screen Edition)
- Popstar DVD
- I Do: Do-It-Yourself Wedding Planning DVD with Sally Steele (includes Companion Wedding Planner Book)
- Kidpaddle
- The Martha Stewart Holiday Collection – Homemade Holidays
- Jillian Michaels For Beginners: Backside
- Fame
- Sunrise Earth Greatest Hits: East West
- Numa Presents: Best of Web Video
- Farzzle's World: Oh Farzzle Tree
- Farzzle`s World: Breakfast at Farzzle`s Farzzle
20-Movie Western Collection on 4 DVDs
25 Western Movies on 4 DVDs
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- Black Salt
- He's Just Not That Into You
- Singing with 4 Square
- Legion of the Dead 
- 17 Movies on 4 DVDs featuring Kiefer Sutherland