When I visited my friend Ann last year, I nearly died laughing at this book:
and at the image you see above in particular. I'm not really a grammar po-lice, honestly I don't understand the intricacies of English grammar well enough to join that force. I do however get kind of stabby over abused quotation marks and their sadly misused cousins, the apostraphes. I just thought I'd share that fun fact- since when I typed "alfredo" up above I started thinking about fresh brown "eggs" and giggling. Because I am 5.
Anywhoo. My stepmom An anonymous vegetarian emailed me some time ago a recipe (I really wanted to type "recipe") for a vegan alfredo based on cauliflower (look away, K-dog). Caulis are cheap or seasonal or something here at the moment and I find myself with 4 in the fridge. I like cauli, but 4? It could be time for a Big Roast Up. The recipe, as written originally would have been pretty bad, but heroically I managed to diddle it into something quite good. It wasn't very photogenic, but I did take a pic of an empty bowl with about 6 green peas in the bottom. That was all that was left after one of the dogs cleaned up a portion that I couldn't store. I figure that if my hounds ate the pasta and sauce, and carefully licked the peas clean before spitting them out, it wasn't too bad.
Here I "present" for you- Pasta "Alfredo":
-1/2 cauliflower steamed until very soft (I threw mine in the slowcooker on HIGH with some boiling water- an inch or so while I went to kid-ballet for about a hour)
-an onion (I used one red onion and a few spring onions. Don't think it matters. Onion flakes would have been ok too)
1 stock cube (I used Massel "chicken" (see what I did there?)).
- garlic (to taste. This was pretty bland so I ended up using about a teaspoon of the dried garlic stuff).
- salt, pepper
- nutritional yeast
brown onions, add stock, simmer
put cauli, onions and stock into blender (I used a stab blender because that's all I have) and blend it all up. Taste it- add salt, pepper (lots) and about 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast. I added some arrowroot flour to get rid of the slightly watery consistency, and simmered it while adjusting seasonings. When it tastes the way you like it, add some frozen peas- it was so bland looking I had to and even though the dog wasn't impressed I think it was a good move. The consistency when I served it was like a thick soup, and in fact it would not make a bad soup!
Served on pasta, and it was indeed good. They way I remember Alfredo is a lot richer and this wouldn't fool anyone, especially cauli-haterz. But if you like cauli this is a nice, very light pasta sauce.