Here in Austin today it snowed for about 30 seconds. It is mildy cold, about 38 degrees. This is a simple cauliflower soup to help stay warm when it is mildy cold outside.
Heat oil in medium stockpot at a medium low heat. Add curry powder, mustard and coriander seeds until mustard seeds start to pop, stirring constantly. Be careful not to burn your mustard seeds.
Add the cauliflower and shallot to the pot and saute until the shallots are translucent.
Add the salt and the water. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and let simmer until cauliflower is soft.
Using a food mill or blender, carefully blend the soup until smooth, adding more water to desired consistency.
What better to do on a snowy day in Colorado than to cook up a storm? These are some of the recipes I made on my winter break at my parents house in Colorado. I am excited to say I have some great photos to share of what I have cooked, courtesy of my father.
The first dish I prepared is a rosemary-sage polenta cake topped with a lentil gravy and mushrooms. I really like having the hearty gravies in the winter to stay warm, especially paired with some rosemary, sage and herbs de provance.
A quick and easy lentil gravy consists of cooked lentils, roasted walnuts, sautéed mushrooms and onions. Pulse these in the food processor with leftover lentil cooking water or stock to make a delicious sauce.
Polenta cakes are simple to make as well. Cook down some polenta, I use about a 4:1 ratio when making a cake to get that soft texture (that is four cups water/stock/vegan milk to one cup polenta). Oil a deep dish pan and spread the polenta evenly in the pan. Let cool completely then flip over and cut shapes into the soft cake. It is really nice to give the cake a pan sear to get that delicious crispy texture on the outside, and soft in the middle.
Another item I made was a chocolate cranberry biscotti. As you can see by the pictures, they turned out looking a little like spare ribs! The biscotti themselves where quite tasty, I used an almond flour and omitted the eggs for a flax and chia mixture. I had a hard time getting the long cookies to dry out and have a crisp texture throughout, I plan on throwing them in the dehydrator next time I make them.