Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Carnival Squash Candy Improv
Said latest book's exact emphasis is not yet to be revealed, but in essence, it's about raising children naturally, organically, peacefully, gently...and vegan-ly.
That means it's time to turn my attention to all things kiddo--especially foods they would like, and foods that can help them be healthier, happier, calmer, etc. This applies to both those raised vegan and those whose parents decide to make the switch.
So, about that squash candy I mentioned in my last post...
Yeah, it didn't really work at all.
This is what I did: First, I roasted a panful of Carnival squashes--actually, two Carnival squashes and one Sweet Dumpling squash. (Will roast seeds later, with salt, to aid in coming down off candy high.) I scooped out the cooked flesh, and put it in the blender--about 4 cups-ful. Added 1/4 cup almond butter, 1/4 cup brown rice syrup, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, pinch cinnamon, pinch salt. Pureed.
At this point you are supposed to form balls and chill it, but it was more like a very fluffy pudding. There was no forming it into anything. I stirred in a cup of unsweetened coconut, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, some maple syrup to sweeten it up a little more--still not roll-able.
So I spread it in a pan, sprinkled more chocolate chips on it, and put it in the freezer. We'll see how it looks tomorrow. If it's not good frozen, maybe it will end up getting spread on toast.
Post script: It's not good frozen. It's not even that good on toast. It's more light, like a mousse. I think I'll just defrost the rest of it, and eat it with a spoon!