samosa rollsThese delicious little rolls are inspired by the Indian samosas. This inspiration came from my friend Sofia.

An exact recipe is not really needed – I think that you can manage nicely with your own version. I choose to use pastry leaves (Yufka-Jufka from ömür – a Turkish product) for a healthier version than the original samosas, but you can also use filo dough. I also baked the rolls in the oven (at 375 degrees) instead of frying on a pan, which makes them easier to prepare and a lot healthier.

To make the stuffing, I first boiled and mashed potatoes and carrots, and then sautéed onions and garlic. After mixing these items together, I spiced the stuffing with chili powder, curry, turmeric, cumin, salt and pepper, and added a little bit of milk and butter. After rolling each one, I lightly brushed them with a beaten egg to give each roll a beautiful color during the cooking process.

Tina Diep

I LOVE FOOD and better yet I LOVE TO COOK.

I can thank my Vietnamese roots. Vietnamese people use a great amount of time cooking and eating, traits which they have learned from their families. Everyone seems to know how to cook, and they are adept at picking fresh and quality foods from the market. Food is a priority in Vietnam – if you eat well, you live well.

I was born in Denmark, and in my mind I am a true Dane. Danish people cook a lot as well, but they prefer to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table. I consider myself Vietnamese from a culinary standpoint and Danish from a cultural standpoint (and I live in New York, which is a Mecca for foodies).

My mum is a great cook, she taught me how to chop vegetables and how to just randomly throw things together and somehow get an awesome meal. She makes cooking seem like art, and she is my inspiration for DiepLicious cooking.

My husband loves food as well and he has a great appetite. Cooking for him is a real joy. He has a great interest in everything that concerns health, and loves to point out specific foods and why they are good for you to eat. I will share his knowledge with you. He makes my cooking more challenging, but also a lot healthier.

I offer you one Golden Rule: to enjoy food fully, always taste the food even if you don’t like it. For me it takes a couple of tries to get to know the real flavor.

Enjoy!

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