March 25th, 2009

dips for fruit and veggies?

What are everyone's favorite recipes for savory and sweet dips? My campus job has a little employee "picnic" every year and the sign-up sheet was posted today for what everyone wants to bring. I may be the only vegetarian here (wtf), and almost definitely the closest thing to a vegan, so as you can expect I'd like something with broader appeal, and without a lot of weird ingredients.

-Veggie dip: was going to make a platter of baby carrots, bell pepper slices, celery, etc. When I was a kid my mom made this dip that was just dried veggie soup mix + sour cream, so something tangy to approximate that would be nice. (As a fall-back option I'm thinking hummus and pita.)

-Fruit dip: platter of strawberries, fresh pineapple, and whatever else is affordable. I have great recipes for chocolate ganache/hot fudge, but as other people are bringing cookies and stuff I wanted to try for something slightly different/lighter. Again, I'm remembering a dip from my pre-veg days: marshmallow fluff + cream cheese. Thoughts?

Pancake toppings.

So, I regularly make the blueberry corn pancakes from Vegnomicon, but I'm not a huge fan of dousing my little pancakes in maple syrup. It's probably a mix between the overload on sweetness and the fact that, unless I'm eating Log Cabin or Aunt Jemima (ugh), I'm shelling out ten or more dollars a bottle for pure maple syrup. I'm always just fine eating waffles wit nothing on them, but pancakes lack the complex texture to keep things interesting without something drizzled on them.

But! This morning I decided to try dipping a pancake I had burnt a little in some of the uncooked batter, since vegans don't use eggs and we can actually enjoy batter without worrying, and I thought it was great.

Pancake batter is now my new favorite pancake topping. Just thought I would share in case any one else was in my predicament.