Celebrating my First Blogoversary with Coconut Rice Pudding Spring Rolls and Raspberry Sauce
I can’t believe it! One whole year of blogging has just flown by. Yes, last August 8th, I tentatively made my very first post for Asian Inspired Hummus. It took me days to plan it, photograph it and write it up. I agonized over every detail, and the excitement I felt when I first clicked “Publish” was indescribable. My goal was to publish one recipe per week for the whole year and then re-assess where I would go from there. Well, I’m proud to say that I have met that goal, and then some. But as it turns out, I have learned that blogging is much more than just posting one recipe per week. I have entered a whole new community of talented, worldly, kind, and supportive bloggers; people who are passionate about their subject matter, and willing to share their experiences in the blogosphere. I have overcome my fear of writing publicly, I have honed my photography and food styling skills and I have discovered whole new areas of the food world that I can’t wait to explore. An excitement about cooking new things has crept into me: I find myself evolving as a cook. In the end, I have learned that no matter what the nay-sayers think, blogging allows us to reach deep inside and pull out the creativity that resides within us. It allows us to speak, contribute, discuss and to create the kind of world we want to inhabit. I have found it to be a deeply satisfying extension of myself, and something to celebrate! So my friends, here’s to another year! Thanks so much for your kindness, your support and for your willingness to share your passions. I celebrate this with you because one of the most important things I have learned about blogging, is that we do not do this in isolation – we do it with our community. This has been a great year and I really look forward to the next one!
So, to honour this occasion, I have made a cake! No, not really. Cake making skills are something I will have to work on, but I have made my kind of dessert. I have been eyeing this recipe from Taste Magazine, for months and thought it would be perfect for today. Creamy coconut rice pudding with dried apricots, enveloped in a crunchy, buttery phyllo pastry, accented with a tangy, fresh raspberry sauce: now this is something to celebrate with! I will also be bringing it to Fiesta Friday, my favourite event in the blogosphere! Thanks again to our host Angie @ The Novice Gardener, for giving us this space to socialize in and to our co-hosts for tending to this excitable crowd that continues to grow each week.
Coconut Rice Pudding Spring Rolls with Raspberry Sauce
3 cups fresh raspberries
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup arborio rice
2 – 14 ounce cans coconut milk
1/3 cup white sugar
½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 inches fresh lemongrass
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup dried apricots, diced (Mango would be delicious too!)
1 cup fresh grated coconut or unsweetened shredded coconut
10 phyllo pastry sheets
¾ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
fresh raspberries, for garnish
In a small pot, stir together raspberries, sugar and lemon juice over medium heat. Cook until raspberries start to release their juices and break down, about 5 minutes. Do a taste test. If too tart, add more sugar and cook until dissolved.
Place sauce in blender and puree until smooth. Strain sauce through a fine mesh sieve. Discard solids and refrigerate until ready to use. Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
In a pot, stir together rice, coconut milk, sugar, vanilla bean, lemongrass, ginger and salt over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Cover pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender and pudding has thickened slightly, about 30 – 35 minutes.
Transfer rice pudding to a bowl. Discard vanilla bean and lemongrass, and stir in apricots. Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°.
Place ¾ cup grated coconut on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake, stirring once, until golden, 5 – 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Gently unroll phyllo sheets and place on kitchen towel or sheet or waxed paper. Cover with a damp towel to prevent drying out as you work.
Lay one sheet of phyllo, long side facing you, on a dry, flat surface. Brush evenly with a light coat of melted butter and fold in half lenghthwise. Brush lightly again with melted butter and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the toasted coconut. Spoon 3 tablespoons of the rice pudding along the middle of the side closest to you. Gently start to roll up the dough around pudding. Fold in sides over filling and continue to roll up dough to encase filling.
Transfer spring rolls, seam side down to a parchment-lined baking sheet and top with more butter. Sprinkle with the remaining non-toasted coconut and bake until golden brown and rice pudding is warmed through, 20 -25 minutes. Serve with raspberry sauce and garnish with raspberries.
93 Responses to “Celebrating my First Blogoversary with Coconut Rice Pudding Spring Rolls and Raspberry Sauce”
Wowww😊!! This is so yummm!!
A big congratzz for your blogiversary😊!!
All the very best to your blog.. Let it cherish with lot of yummy posts..
Oh yes! Here’s to another year of very yummy posts! 😀
Wow!!! Happy Happy Anniversary dear Julianna! You are such a blessing in the foodie blogosphere! One year! Wow!!
And what an amazingly creative treat to celebrate with! It sounds soooo delicious!! So happy to know you!! 💛
Hey Lori! You are just the most kind person I have met while blogging! Thanks so much for all of your beautifully supportive comments over the year! I am so happy that you are an important part of our blogging community, and that I can share my blogoversary with you and the rest of the FF gang! Here’s to another year!! 😀
Happy Blogoversary, Julianna! And oh my gosh, those coconut rice pudding spring rolls look so amazing. I want one now, and it’s almost 1 in the morning here. lol. I’ll have to make these as soon as possible!
LOL. Andrea! I have to share a secret with you! You could eat them any time of the day if you want! Heck, I think that rice is eaten in Asia 3 meals a day! So just jump in and indulge, no matter what the clock says! 😀
Happy blogiversary Julianna. …heavenly and creative treat to celebrate with…..just gorgeous. …All the very best keep rocking. ..
Hey Chitra!! Thanks so much! I do intend to keep on rocking and I hope that you do too! 😀
Congratulations Julianna on your first year of Blogoversary 🙂 You have an amazing blog and I wish you many more, I’m glad I met you at FF. You bring a delicious dessert for the celebration, cheers 😀
Aww, thanks Linda! I’m so glad to have met you too!! I am looking forward to the next year of sharing with all of my lovely new blogging buddies like you
Congratulations Julianna xx
Thanks so much Melissa! 😀
Oh Julianna, here’s cheers to you and to Foodie on Board! Congrats on your 1st year. What a beautiful dessert to make to celebrate… looks stunning and I love the sound of those flavours – coconut… lemongrass…ginger… vanilla… all wrapped up in a crispy filo roll! Bookmarked for sometime soon. 🙂 Happy FF#28!
Thanks so much Margot! And thanks for doing a second week of co-hosting! So kind of you to take care of us on another Friday! Sure hope you get to make these soon! Happy Fiesta Friday! 🙂
Happy blogoversary Julianna! And congratulations! I shall raise a drink this Fiesta to you and to many more years of Foodie on Board! 🙂
Wow, thanks so much Anna! I love the sound of many more years of foodie on Board! 😀
Congratulations on completing one year of blogging. You are so right about the blogging experience, all those spin-offs we don’t anticipate until we get going. I look forward to your next year and beyond.
Thanks so much, Hilda! I am really looking forward to this as well! 🙂
congrats on your first year, and here’s to many more ) thanks for the wonderful celebration food ideas – beth
Hey Beth! Thanks for the good wishes! Yes! Here’s to another year! 😀
Oh, my. This recipe sounds heavenly. Congratulations on your blogoversary – I totally dropped the ball on mine. As for overcoming your fear of writing publicly, I second that. Blogging has helped tremendously. 🙂 Cheers to us both!
Oh thanks so much Noony! You could always do a retro-active blogoversary! I will help you celebrate! And really, getting over writing publicly is a BIG thing, isn’t it? Thanks so much for seconding that! Yes! Cheers to you and to me! Here’s to your next year too! 😀
Congratulations !!! and I see the wonderful celebration 🙂 Cheers !!!
Oh, thanks so very much!! 🙂
Happy Blogoversary! The dish looks amazing!
Really glad you like it! 😀
Congratulations on your Blogoversary. What a superb job!
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OH Anne! So good to hear from you! Thanks so very much for the good wishes, my dear! See you soon! 🙂
Happy blog anniversary Julianna, this such a wonderful treat 🙂
Thanks so much! I was hoping that you would like it! 🙂
Congrats on your blogoversary! I love the homemade raspberry sauce to complement the spring roll. Have a wonderful weekend, and happy FF!
Thanks Kaila! I just love taking advantage of the fresh berries of the season! Happy FF to you too! 😀
Happy Blogaversary Julianna- this is a huge milestone, you should be proud 🙂
Aww, thanks Jess! I’m just happy that I could do this milestone with the FF gang! Talk about perfect timing! Happy FF, my dear! 😀
Happy anniversary! Isn’t it amazing how quickly the months pass…
I love how much the community aspect means to you – totally agree with you. Blogging is incredibly sociable.
Have a great weekend, Cheers Julianna!
Yes, the months do just pass so fast! So glad that you are part of the community too! 😀
Congratulations on your first year of blogging, Julianna! You have a beautiful blog! And this recipe looks amazing, too! 🙂
Thanks so much Nancy!
you had me at spring rolls, coconut and raspberry – yum! and happy blogoversary:)
Well, thanks so much Lily! I appreciate your support!
Such a marvel these spring rolls are! And congratulations on your first year of sharing top-notch posts!
Wow! Thanks so much! 😀
Yum. Keep up the great work.
Thanks for your kindness, Tracey! 😀
Happy Blogiversary Julianna! I love and agree with everything you’ve written about having your blog ☺️☺️ And a gorgeous recipe to boot! Lovely xx
Oh, thanks so much Elaine! I am happy that you are a part of my blogging community! 🙂
Happy 1st Blog Anniversary … and many mo~re ♪ ♪ ♪ 🙂
This spring roll sounds very delightful… that is why you picked it for your special celebration. Yum!
Oh thanks so much Fae! I really am looking forward to many more blogoversaries! I just have to learn how to pace myself and make it sustainable! Just to let you know that you are one of my role models! 😀
Congrats Julianna! And to many, many more!! You are certainly celebrating in style with this delectable dessert! Its gorgeous 🙂
Oh thanks Naina! I really did want to make a cake, but ti will take a bit of practice! Hopefully next year! 🙂
Happy happy blogoversary!! How exciting! And I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year, as you have posted so many great recipes with gorgeous photos. Here’s another glass of bubbly to celebrate! I love the look of the spring roll, it also sounds unusual but absolutely delicious. What a marvellous way to celebrate! Happy Fiesta Friday!! 🙂
Thanks Saucy! Just love bubbly and it is so perfect for this celebration! Really happy that you are co-hosting for my special occasion! Happy FF to you too! 😀
Congratulation Julianna! Such a stylish way to celebrate! Have a wonderful weekend!! XX
Thanks Serena! I have never thought of being stylish, but I really love your wishes! 🙂
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Congratulations on the anniversary, what a way to celebrate. Love your rolls, they not only look beautiful but they sound so delicious!
Thanks so much, Suzanne!
Congratulations on the blog anniversary, Julianna! Delightful recipe… I like rice pudding and I like spring rolls and combining both sounds amazing!
Well Ahila, this recipe is made for you then! Hope you get to try it! 😀
These look delicious! LOVE raspberries!! Happy Aniversary 🙂 🙂
Yes, I just love fresh raspberries too! 🙂
Congratulations on your anniversary! It is uncanny how you care for your blogging friends! I never thought of this aspect when I got started, but I sure appreciate it! Your recipe is so unique. It amazes me how people come up with some recipes. I’m inspired!
Oh thanks! Me too! I never had nay idea about the social aspect of blogging when I first started. For that matter, I don’t think I ever check my notifications for about 5 months. I didn’t know that they existed!
Thank you so much for following!
Congrats on your first anniversary – one again you have provided a great recipe! I always think of “spring rolls” as veggies rolled in rice paper. I like your dessert version much better especially with a raspberry sauce 🙂
Hi Judi! I hope you get to try them! They really are a big surprise! 😀
Happy anniversary:-) what a beautiful post withyuumy recipe for the SL occassion
So sweet! I appreciate your comments! 🙂
Congratulations on your first Blogiversary. The pictures you’ve shared are lovely. I wish you a happy blogging in your second year!
Oh, thanks so much Liz! You do know that you are one of my role modes, don’t you? Thanks so much for all that you contribute to the blogosphere! 😀
Happy blogiversary!! I love what you chose to celebrate with, such a unique idea and looks so yummy!
Oh thanks so much, Michelle! I am not a stellar baker, so these rolls were perfect for me and just what I love to eat! Thanks for taking the time to comment! 🙂
My lovely Julianna…. Happy, Happy, Happy Blogiversary… I’m so happy for you, and all that you’ve accomplished! Your hard work shows in everything that you do…. and I, with so many other bloggers, know all too well that feeling when you hit that “publish” button for the first time.
You couldn’t have picked a better dessert to share with us on your first anniversary. I can see why you chose this one…. it’s absolutely perfect. Stunning an delicious.
Lifting that glass of bubbly… Here’s to you, my friend. Congratulations to you… I wish you all the best…and many many more years to come! I cannot wait to see what this year brings… ❤
You know, Prudy! You leave the most wonderful comments! Thanks so much for your very kind words and your encouragement! Yes, let’s raise a glass together! To many more years of blogging and to whatever it evolves into!! ❤
Congrats, Julianna! I’m happy to meet you in blogosphere, you have many great recipes and beautiful photos! And the dessert is great, especially I love the raspberry sauce! Hugs, Mila
Oh, thanks so much, Mila! I have to let you know that I am a huge fan of your blog too! So glad you like the recipe! 😀
Your words make me blush ❤
Congrats on your one year anniversary, Julianna! I am so glad to have encountered your blog and gotten to know your cooking style. It is a style I much admire and love to replicate. Here’s to many more years of happy blogging! The dessert looks delicious!
Hey Ngan! Thanks so much! I’m so glad too! I love your cooking style as well and am happy that we can discuss the recipes that we both love! Yes indeed, my friend, let’s raise a glass of bubbly to many more years of blogging! 😀
These looks so pretty! Congratulations on your one year anniversary!!!
Thanks so much, Arl! Really glad that you like them! May I interest you in a bit more raspberry sauce? 🙂
Congrats on your blog-versary! This looks like a terrific way to celebrate. So unique and tasty AND beautiful too. Win-win-win 🙂
Well, thanks so much, Joyti! I love the idea of win-win-win! Thanks for taking the time to read my post and comment. I really appreciate it! 😀
happy blogging birthday! This looks like a lovely, fresh dessert. Well done 🙂
Well, thanks so much! We gobbled up all of these spring rolls, so I think they must have been pretty tasty! A fun way to celebrate!
Yum! Yum! Yum!
Congrats Julianna 🙂 You have summarised your journey so well. Even I am a couple of months closer to my blogiversary and you just said everything I had in my mind. But I couldn’t have expressed it so well. And what a way to celebrate. This dessert is too yum. May you have many many successful anniversaries ahead of you ❤
Well, congrats to you in advance, Skd! Glad you feel the same way! It’s fun, isn’t it to follow our fellow bloggers on their journeys and to be able to compare notes? Honestly, I learn something everyday through blogging, and I’m not sure of how many other activities would allow me to do this! Glad you like the dessert and looking forward to following you on many more of your adventures too! 😀
What a wonderful recipe! 😀
Belated one year anniversary! These spring rolls look to die for. I’m such an addict for anything creamy and crunchy too 🙂
Thanks so much, Shamim! I appreciate the good wishes and totally understand your addiction! If that is the case, you really should try this recipe! Cheers! 😀