October 24th, 2005

Putting on roux

I've been going crazy over roux sauces lately. I didn't know it existed until a few months ago and I haven't started using it until lately when I've found it to be a great way to make things creamy. I wanted to share my three favorites.

To start any of these variations: Heat 1/4 cup oil over low heat in a small saucepan. Add 1/2 cup or so of flour*, little by little, stirring constantly. Add more or less depending on thickness. When sauce is thick, add a cup or two of warm water, bit by bit, constantly stirring, until you reach the desired thickness. The longer you keep it on the heat, the thicker it will become. From this point you can add other ingredients to make different kinds of sauces.

Gravy: Add white pepper, black pepper, salt (plenty of salt!), sage, and a bit of dill. A bit of stronger soy sauce, some onion and/or garlic powder, pre-sauteed onion/mushrooms/garlic, or nutritional yeast also make it interesting.

Cheesy sauce: Add plenty of nutritional yeast, white pepper, garlic powder, turmeric, salt. Ground mustard seed might be good in it also, but I haven't had any around to try. This is good to dip broccoli in, would probably make really good potatoes au gratin, and maybe good mac & cheese if it doesn't give you starch overload.

Casserole topping: When I bake a casserole with beans, pasta, veggies, etc. I like to spread either hummus or a roux sauce on top to keep it moist and keep things interesting. The spices depend on what dish I'm making... I'll take whatever spices I'd normally sprinkle on top (like oregano or basil) and add them to the roux and spread it on top.

* I've been told whole wheat won't really work, but I've seen recipes that call for it. I've found it doesn't end up quite as creamy, but it still makes a good sauce depending on what you're using it on.

Anyone else have variations on roux sauce they want to share?

Whipped Cream

has anyone actually made a fluffy whipped cream? i know about hip whip, but i don't want hip whip. any recipes i've found didn't really work. i know it's possible because i know of a locally made vegan coconut cream pie that has perfect whipped cream. so hit me up, gracias

Apple cider cake recipe? / Spiced dal and saffron rice recipes

Fall always makes me crave apple cider donuts, the uber-bad-for-you staple of farmstands and apple orchards in the Northeast. I've been searching around online and found several recipes for apple cider donuts, both baked and fried, that could easily be veganized. However, I am feeling both lazy and creative. What about making a sort of tea cake/pumpkin bread type thing, except in the flavor of an apple cider donut? I will probably end up using a pumpkin bread recipe and substituting some of the liquid with apple cider...what do you guys think? If such a thing as apple cider cake already exists, does anyone have a good recipe for one? Something like this would be fairly easy to veganize, but I figured I'd ask for tried-and-true recipes on here, too, if anyone has them.

Here are two tasty Indian recipes for your trouble (we got the recipes when we made dal in my preschool, and it quickly became a family favorite.) It was very easy to veganize - enjoy!

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