Sunday, April 12, 2015

Welcome Guest Diane Vallere!!

Diane Vallere lives in a world where popcorn is a breakfast food and Doris Day movies are revered for their cultural significance. WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL is #3 in the Mad for Mod series. She also writes the Style and Error and Material Witness mysteries. She launched her own detective agency at ten years old and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.

By the way, Diane is giving away a copy of With Vics You Get Eggroll, either print or e-copy. See details below to enter!!

Take it away, Diane!

Diane Vallere’s Easy(ish) Eggrolls

To celebrate the release of WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL, #3 in my Mad for Mod Series, I decided to make—you guessed it—eggrolls! And while it should be noted that I am not a cook, it should also be noted that I think we can all accomplish whatever we set our minds to, so even if you don’t decide to try this recipe, please try something that you think is beyond your abilities. You might be surprised!


Not shown: sugar, sesame oil, and water.
20 egg roll wrappers
1 pound ground pork
2 teaspoons minced ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 cups green cabbage, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon water
Cooking oil for frying

chop everything before cooking the meat!

1   1.     Heat a wok or stir-fry pan over high heat until hot. Add oil, swirling to coat sides. Add pork, ginger and garlic; stir-fry until meat is cooked through, about 7 minutes. Drain excess oil.

There’s the sesame oil!

2    2.  In a separate, large bowl, combine pork, sugar, soy sauce and sesame oil.

And there’s the sugar. Photobomb!
3     3. Set aside for 30 minutes.

Why not relax and watch a favorite TV show?

4    4. Add cabbage, carrot and green onions. Toss well.

5    5.    Fill rolls as follows:

a.    Place wrapper on a clean flat surface in front of you so that it looks like a diamond.

b.    Place 2-3 tablespoons pork filling in center of wrapper.

c.     Fold bottom point up over filling and roll once.

d.    Fold in right and left points.

e.    Brush beaten egg on top point.

f.     Continue rolling until you have a tight cylinder.

6     6.    Place filled rolls aside and cover with a damp cloth while filling remaining rolls.

keep under a damp paper towel so the skins don’t dry

7     7.    In a large pot or wok, heat 1-2 inches of cooking oil over medium-high heat to 350ºF.

a tip to ensure the oil is at the right temperature:
place the end of a wooden skewer into the oil.
If tiny bubbles appear around the wood and spiral out,
the oil is hot enough. If not, wait!

8     8.   Add egg rolls, a few at a time, and fry until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side.

9     9.    Lift out with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Serve with hot mustard. Enjoy!

Makes about 20 egg rolls.


Leave a comment today about your favorite Chinese or fried food, and you'll be entered to win a copy of WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL, either print or e-book, winner's choice. Remember to leave your email so Diane can contact you if you're the lucky winner! Winner will be picked Monday.

You can find Diane on the Internet here:

Twitter: @DianeVallere
Or on her website: DianeVallere


  1. The recipe looks delicious. My favorite Chinese food is boneless ribs. Thank you for this chance!

    1. Hi Robyn,
      Boneless ribs are yummy, too! Good luck!

  2. I live in Louisiana, and I have to say my favorite fried food is soft shell crab po'boy, the crab being the fried component of the dish. That said, I eat anything and enjoy Chinese egg rolls immensely so perhaps I will try to make some. You made it look very doable.

    1. Teresa,
      It's not the fastest process, but the end result was very tasty! Good luck!

    2. Also, I don't think I've ever had a soft shell crab po'boy!

  3. My favorite Chinese food is egg fried rice; but egg rolls are a close second!

    1. Liz, I also love making egg fried rice. My instructions for that will be included in an upcoming book. Good luck with the contest!

  4. I like egg rolls. There look good.

    1. Hi Ann,
      I hope you give these a try (or you can just get some eggrolls at your favorite Chinese food restaurant :) Good luck!

  5. I love egg rolls and fried rice. The book sounds like a good read.

    bevarcher AT me DOT com

    1. Hi Booklady,
      Another fan of egg rolls and fried rice! That is a yummy combination.

  6. I like tofu with vegetables.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

    1. Hi Sandy,
      I had fried tofu for the first time a few months ago and was surprised at how good it was. Do you stir fry?

  7. Crab Rangoon ans shrimp spring rolls!

    1. Meg, My mouth is watering! I've also made crab Rangoon. Super easy and worth it.

  8. I really, really like Kung Pao chicken. And Doris Day movies are some of my favorites, too. Thanks for the contest.

    1. Hi Sue,
      A Doris Day fan! Good luck with the contest!

  9. What fun! Love old Doris Day movies, as "other time" as they might be. :) Fun series. Wishing you tons of success.

    Daryl / Avery

    1. Hi Daryl, Thank you for inviting me to guest post today! That's truly the fun of the series: taking inspiration from Doris Day movies but placing it in a contemporary mystery.

  10. Kung Pao chicken is usually my favorite, too, but today it might have to be egg rolls for breakfast! Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Hi Grandma, I had egg rolls for breakfast the day after I wrote this post (leftovers) and they were just as good!

  11. I love egg rolls. I get one every time we eat Chinese food. I love your book covers. That is what drew me to your wonderful books.

    1. Hi Donna,
      Thank you!

      When I was a poor college student, I used to treat myself to egg rolls on Friday nights. I could get two for a dollar, which was about as much as I had to spare in my budget.

  12. My favorite Chinese food is crab rangoon but the recipes looks yummy and I'll have to try it. Great contest!

    1. Hi Cupcake,
      Good luck with the recipe! Give yourself plenty of time :)

      Good luck with the contest, too!

  13. Crab rangoon, egg rolls, and sweet/sour chicken.
    thanks for the directions on making the egg rolls.

    1. Mary,
      That sounds like a great menu! Perhaps a dinner party is in order?

      Good luck!

  14. My favorite Chinese Food is Egg Drop Soup and Spring Rolls. Great post. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Hi Petite,
      Another yummy meal suggestion! Good luck with the contest!