I've spent a considerable amount of time in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest recently. I've learned a lot about the hippie brethren I realized that when hippies go extra hard, they basically take on the values and lifestyle of Chinese immigrants...like old-school style. Like my parents' old-school generation stuff (Not the current Chinese boom/name brand/new money neo-capitalist stuff). Like they compost. They reuse-recycle. They eat stuff way past expiration. They ride bicycles. Except all of this gets much more expensive when White people in America do it (DAMN YOU WHOLE FOODS!). I have embraced the hippie-ness that surrounds me. My boyfriend's from Eugene, Oregon, of solid hippie heritage. My roommate's from Oregon. I even just spent a week in Portland for a writing retreat. Then Seattle happened (we sold out our Dis/orient/ed Comedy show there) and that was amazing. It's like the Pacific Northwest is now in my blood! My spirit!!!!! My ESSENCE!!!!
And here's the proof I have: I MADE YUMM SAUCE.
Cue the choir of angels.
YUMM SAUCE IS THE OREGON VEGAN ANSWER TO UMAMI / FATTY EATING / SAVORINESS.
And I had to have it...even here in Los Angeles.
Let me 'splain: I realized that if I were to make this whole oh..you know creative livin' a reality, I better feel the best I can health and fitness-wise so I can be a creatin' machine! So I've gotten into researching healthy vegan-y food options. TRUST: I will NOT ditch my love of fatty pork. BUT I will certainly exercise umm and exercise more moderation.
YOU STILL WITH ME ON THIS?
Okay. Here goes...I'm gonna share my photos of making the said YUMM SAUCE via this recipe ..so that you can see how EASY it is and perhaps try it out yourself. THIS ISH IS DELISH. It's great on steamed veggies, brown rice and black beans or anything that could use a savory dip or sauce.
NOTE: When I first saw the recipe for this I'm like what kinda crazy hippie mess is this Yeast Flake thing AND with silken tofu? i'm confused. Then I tried it and the anxiety melted away. Tasty.
Here it go (Photos are mine. The recipe is taken from what I linked earlier but I modified to show what I did). The final verdict? Just like the original! :-):
Yumm Sauce (original recipe here)
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 3/4 package of silken tofu
- 1/2 cup of filtered water
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1-2 garlic cloves (small to medium)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried cilantro / coriander
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
Throw it all together and blend baby blend! My roomie's Vitamix makes a very smooth operation, The key here is buying yourself some of these nutritional yeast flakes online or at a local health food store. The silken tofu is more common to get nowadays (I got mine at Trader Joe's) and they are in those shelf-stable packages and last forever. Then there's the curry powder and other such seasonings. Have them on hand and now I can make YUMM sauce til the cows come home! (I never say that. Why did I just say that?)
These yeast flakes are actually kinda tasty and cheese-like. I heard they are tasty on popcorn.
Basic canola oil. The original recipe said cold-pressed organic or what-not but whatever.
Almonds baby! Nutty! These are roasted but raw works too.
Canned chickpeas are always good to have on hand. Easy.
Silken! They go great with thickening smoothies. AND they are the essential ingredient to this delicious peanut butter chocolate mouse pie that's vegan that I've had at Green Temple Vegetarian restaurant in Redondo Beach, CA. So yum. I think that'll be my next recipe try.
Let's see how that blender looks so far. Ew...for now.
Get yourself some serious lemons. Juicy and fresh,
Couple cloves of garlic.
Spice it up! These are some really awesome "secret" ingredients. Like I would have NEVER guessed all these little bits.
And awaaaaay we goooo! Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....
It got real creamy real quick.
Some saved jelly jars make for excellent storage. It basically makes like 4 cups so I filled two of these jars and THEN some. Mmm...
Whaddya think? Would you try this? I love to cook and learning about healthier yummy options is kind of fun for me. Here's hoping this powers the comedy juices. Cheers!