Tis the season for nog!
Around my circle of friends and family, it’s no secret that I am a complete junkie for some chili garlic sauce. I put it on everything. Anything. Sometimes I eat it straight from a teeny tiny spoon. I have absolutely no shame when it comes to this addictive condiment.
Whatever I put chili garlic sauce on only becomes that much better. It’s sort of like salt… except spicy, and garlicky. Two of my favorite tastes. Works in this example too. Pumpkin, during Autumn months, pretty much makes everything–including hummus–better. So, it only makes sense that adding a little chili garlic sauce would have to make that already better hummus, even better. Ya know?
Plus, it’s orange, so serving with purple cauliflower makes for a show stopping Halloween party tray addition.
The key to making this dip’s texture smooth and creamy and not so much like pumpkin pie filling is to blend it in your food processor (or blender if you prefer) for a long time. At least 5 minutes, and I’d shoot for 7 to be safe. Also, be sure to start with just a little water and add as needed, since some varieties of canned pumpkin seem to have more liquid than others.
While I completely fubbed up with my last freeloading friday post (pathetic that I can’t even freeload in style, eh?), I’m taking advantage of this Tuesday evening by posting this awesome xgfx (vegan & gluten free) survey that my pal Jessy came up with.
Isnt it rad? You should fill it out too, either on a comment here or as a post on your own blog! Sharing is fun.
some cool birds i shot while at the jersey shore ♥
Do not underestimate the simplicity of this soup. Three ingredients I had waiting to be used in my kitchen, blended with vegetable broth became the ultimate autumnal soup.
- 1 red pepper, roasted (about 1 1/4 cup sliced) *
- 1 butternut squash, roasted **
- 1 entire head garlic, roasted *
- 3 cups (or more) vegetable broth
Blend all ingredients in blender until very smooth. Salt to taste if desired. I used salted broth so I didn’t need to add any.
Garnish with cashew cream and fresh thyme.
*For an easy tute on how to roast red peppers and garlic, see here.
**To roast a squash: preheat oven to 350 °F. Slice squash in half, remove seeds, rub insides with a touch of salt and/or minced garlic, place face down in a baking pan with about 1/4 cup water and allow to bake about 40 minutes, or until knife easily pokes through skin.
I’ve decided to give myself a break for Friday posts this MoFo, and do a little something I like to call “Freeloading Friday”. Each Friday of this month, I will be taking a little summin’ from the Vegan MoFo blogosphere to give me a boost for my own Friday posts. In return, the people I took from will get, well… not much. Hence the freeloading part.