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Virtual Vegan Potluck Nov. 2012 – Air Eater Vegan Hot Chocolate

Welcome to the November edition of the Virtual Vegan Potluck! Thank you for visiting Air Eater. My name is Lidia, I am also the host of the VVP through my other blog Vegan Bloggers Unite! If you’re a vegan blogger and you’d like to join the VBU! family, please feel free to check out the instructions/directions and drop a line.

Please feel free to sit back and relax. My recipe below is a part of the beverage menu.

Had to pull this goodie out of retirement. What’s more comforting on a cold night than a warm cup of hot cocoa? Just because we’re vegan, doesn’t mean we can’t have the same comforts. I’m particularly fond of almond milk, vanilla unsweetened to be exact and that is my personal preference. You can use any milk alternative be it coconut milk, rice milk, hemp milk, etc.

So how did I make my hot cocoa?

Ingredients:
2 cups almond milk
2 tbsp Cocoa Powder or more
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tbsp Maple syrup

I boiled the milk and whisked in the ingredients. Simple really. You can adjust these measurements to your tastes.

I am a huge Alice in Wonderland fan and I couldn’t resist buying this mug. It’s incredibly oversized and holds two cups comfortably. I’m sure you have a favourite mug. Be sure to use it when making this recipe.

Please feel free to go either way up or down the chain.

Alice: Oh, no, no. I was just wondering if you could help me find my way.
Cheshire Cat: Well that depends on where you want to get to.
Alice: Oh, it really doesn’t matter, as long as…
Cheshire Cat: Then it really doesn’t matter which way you go.

Either way you click you’ll be off on an adventure. Enjoy!

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Virtual Vegan Potluck – Raw Appetizer: Pulp cracker with Cashew sauce

Welcome! I have the pleasure of being the host site and the first blog post to start the Virtual Vegan Potluck. What a cool idea and thank you very much Annie for thinking of this. Being the creator of VBU, I totally appreciate building a community. This kind of potluck idea is excellent and I am already excited for next year.

Away we go!

I love easy party finger foods. I’m a fan of: apéritif,  hors d’oeuvres, canapés, petit fours, and crudités. Looks like the French really enjoy bite sized foods, non?

I often find I have a lot of left over pulp from juicing. Why not keep the momentum going and not waste?

Pulp crackers:
- 2 cups of pulp
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed meal
- 1/2 to 1 cup of water

Take your pulp and add some ground flax seed meal. Depending on how much pulp you have the ratio should be 1/2 cup flax meal to 2 cups of pulp. Mix the pulp and flax meal in a bowl by hand and add the water in slowly. You might not need all of the water. If you over water, don’t worry, you’re going to dehydrate anyway. Add in some of your favourite spices, I prefer Italian spices and garlic powder. If you’re up to it you can add some cayenne for a kick, but only 1/2 a teaspoon.  Too much can ruin a good thing.

Spread out the mix your non stick drying sheets and take a shot glass to cut the crackers out. My mother always made her cookies this way and I love how perfect cookies come out using this method. Who needs to spend on fancy cookie cutters when you have a shot glass. The left over shapes make excellent croutons.

Dehydrate at 115F for 6-8 hours, depends how crispy you want them.

As for the cashew sauce, hopefully you have soaked cashews the night before, but in case you don’t, just soak for at least 2 hours. This really helps with the blending process and also brings the nuts’ enzymes “alive” so to say.

Cashew sauce:
- 1 cup of raw soaked cashews overnight (minimum 2 hours)
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Mix everything in a food processor until you have a consistency you’re happy with and there you have it. Additional options: parsley, dill, cilantro. Perhaps not at the same time, but they do add a nice flavour.

Raw appetizer full plate, Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater

Close up raw appetizer with cashew sauce, Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater

Happy eating!

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