Sweet Yogurt Curry

Source: Indian Recipes Under 30 Minutes
Made: February 3, 2014
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time to make: 20 minutes.

An interestingly different way to make a curry sauce based on yogurt, and, of course, a panorama of Indian spices.  Definitely worth a try.  I used it on green beans and macaroni.

Sweet Yogurt Curry

Sweet Yogurt Curry

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Cashew Cheddar Cheeze Sauce or Spread

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: June 9, 2012
Yield: 3 cups
Time needed:  About 5 minutes

Today I am making the Spread version of this recipe.

A word about this recipe.  I LOVE cheese.  Probably the single reason I have not adopted a 100% vegan diet myself is my love of cheese.  And I love good cheese.  I have tried substitutes and always found them wanting.

This is the one and only “cheeze” sauce I have ever tried that I really like!  It’s great! I love it! It really does have a cheesy flavour without the cheese.  The spread doesn’t quite come off as cheese spread.  The tahini taste is too distinctive.  Nevertheless, it is a really, really good spread.  So try either as needed, even if you too are a cheese lover who never thought any sort of substitute could satisfy.

Cheeze Spread

Cashew Cheddar Cheeze Sauce or Spread
½ cup raw cashews
1 cup water

2 whole pimientos, drained and cut into large pieces (about 1 cup)
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. Vegesal
2 ½ tsp. onion powder
4 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 cup vegetable oil or 2 cups tahini
1/3 to ¾ cup lemon juice to taste

For sauce: Blend together all ingredients except oil and lemon juice.
When mix is very smooth, begin adding oil VERY SLOWLY while processing to thicken.
Add lemon juice and blend briefly.

For spread: Blend together the same ingredients as for sauce.
Then remove mix to a bowl and add tahini in by hand.
Add just enough to get the consistency you like.

Both sauce and spread keep well in fridge and may be frozen for long-term storage.

Split Pea Rarebit

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: April 13, 2014
Yield: 5 servings
Time needed: 45 minutes

Time saver
Use leftover rice and peas and take only 15-20 minutes to prepare sauce and serve.

I am not a beer drinker. My father was, as were his friends, and I remember many a Saturday morning they spent around the kitchen table with a case of beer as they played endless hands of cribbage. So I had plenty of opportunity to acquire a taste for beer as I grew up, but I never did. (I can still play a mean hand of cribbage, though.) Wine is my choice of alcoholic beverage. I only buy beer when I need it for cooking.

According to this recipe, the beer is optional. But don’t omit it. I found the sauce quite unpalatable without it. An even better choice is to make a more traditional rarebit. I did follow the tradition of using toast rather than rice as the base for the sauce.

Did you know that “rarebit”is a made-up culinary term to replace “rabbit”? The original name, “Welsh rabbit”, was an English slur against the Welsh, implying such poor hunting skills that a Welsh hunter had only bread and cheese to eat after a day hunting rabbits, while an English hunter, of course, had rabbit stew. As the dish made its way into cookbooks, “rabbit” became the more genteel “rarebit”.

Split pea rarebit

Split-Pea Rarebit
1/2 cup split peas or other small bean
1 small onion
11/2 cups brown rice
1 recipe cheese sauce

Cheese Sauce Ingredients
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
11/2 cups water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
dash nutmeg
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
pinch dried chili peppers
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup beer (optional)

Cook the rice (45 minutes)
Cook the peas until tender (20-30 minutes)
Sauté the onion

Make the cheese sauce:
Heat oil
Stir in flour and cook until bubbly (about 2 minutes)
Add water and simmer until thick (about 15 minutes)
As the sauce is thickening, add the salt, tomato paste,nutmeg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and dried chili peppers.
When the sauce is thick, stir in the shredded cheese until it is melted and the sauce is smooth.

Add the cooked peas and onions to the sauce, and the beer if you wish.
Pour over servings of the cooked rice.

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Fresh Tomato Sauce

Source: Food Combining for Health
Date tried: January 11, 2013
Yield: 2 quarts
Time needed: 30 minutes

One of my favorite meals as a child was macaroni with tomatoes.  That is how I used this sauce today. But it will come in handy at the height of tomato season, especially as it freezes well.

July's Tomato Haul

July’s Tomato Haul (Photo credit: statelyenglishmanor)

Fresh Tomato Sauce
1 medium onion
1 lb. fresh tomatoes (beefsteak if possible)
2 Tbsp. butter
1½ cups vegetable stock
1 crushed garlic clove
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 small handful chopped, fresh basil
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Chop onion. Skin and chop tomatoes
Melt butter in a large pot or pan and cook onion gently until transparent.
Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes.  Do NOT cover the pan.
Adjust seasoning if necessary.