Do you have a certain dish you’re “famous” for?
In my case, what I want to be famous for and what I really am famous for are two different things.
What I want to be famous for is my pies. I learned how to make pies at my Grandma Virginia’s side and I usually bully my way into making pies for most family events as evidenced here.
But people don’t want my pie. They want my corn casserole.
Now, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that my corn casserole is amazing. Amazing. I use this recipe from epicurious and I’ve been making it for years now. Before I was vegan. Before I shunned things like heavy cream.
But it’s too late. The world has been exposed to my corn casserole and there’s no turning back. If you look at the ingredient list you’ll see that it’s almost impossible to “veganize” this recipe. The main ingredients are whole milk, real butter, eggs and heavy cream.
And people want, no need, my corn casserole.
My family is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today.
We’re they’re celebrating with corned beef and cabbage. I was instructed (as I am at all family gatherings) to bring corn casserole.
I went to the store and purchased the smallest containers of whole milk, real butter, eggs and heavy cream that I could, feeling like a vegan traitor.
And then I bought some spinach, cause it’s green. And green is for St. Patrick’s Day. And they may request (and receive) corn casserole, but you know what else is showing up at the party?
No, not guacamole (although that’d be a winner in my book.)
Green hummus. Spinach hummus to be exact.
The most amazing, delicious spinach hummus anyone has ever eaten. So good, that they’ll turn up their noses at corn casserole, requesting, no, demanding, more spinach hummus.
And pretty soon corn casserole will be long forgotten and I will be known for my amazing, healthy, “who cares that it’s vegan cause it’s so good” spinach hummus.
I still want to be known for pies.
1/4 cup water
Giant handful spinach
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 clove garlic
1 can white kidney beans
1 TBS tahini
2 TBS olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin
Purée everything (in this order) in a vitamix or high speed blender. Chill and serve with crudités.