Guess what I am doing on this fine Friday? (Hint: the answer is the title of this post.)
To get myself pumped up for my day of glorified babysitting shaping young minds….
Thanks, Kate! (My students may not being thanking you, however, when I bust into song mid-lesson.) If you guys haven’t read Persepolis or seen the movie, they are AWESOME. I was never a comic book geek, and since these are *ahem* graphic novels I can still utter that claim. They are fan-freaking-tastic.
Wanna know what else is fan-freaking-tastic? Cashew Nacho Cheese (but you can’t have any. Why not?!? Because, they’re NACHOS! Get it? Nachos? Not yours?….That one is for my mom and Jo. You’re both welcome.)
With polenta and spinach….
With spaghetti squash and swiss chard (chout out to the chopstick challenge)….
Covering a veggie bowl.
You know how I know I love this stuff? I’ve eaten it everyday for a week straight and am still not sick of it. I know I’ve blogged about it before, but I didn’t give the recipe. And one blog post does not convey my love nor how truly life-changing this sauce is. I know there are other recipes out there, but here’s how I make it.
Cashew Nacho Cheese
- 1/2 cup water
- 75 grams raw cashews
- 1 T lemon juice
- 2 T nutritional yeast
- 1 t salt
- 1/4 t onion powder
- turmeric, cayenne, chili powder (chipotle chili powder would be great too)
- 1/2 c boiling water
- 1 T potato starch (or cornstarch)
Vitamix: Put everything except the last two things in and blend on high until steam comes out the top. Mix boiling water with starch and pour into the machine (while on but set to variable 5 or so). Blend until thick.
Regular blender: Soak cashews 2-3 hours. Drain water and blend all ingredients until smooth. Transfer to pan and bring to slow boil, add in 1/2 cup water and potato starch and simmer until thick – whisking the whole time.
Now’s the part where you thank me.
I shall leave you with a story about my modesty.
Last weekend, my advisor had a BBQ. While we were all eating (we all being several phd, some masters students and a professor, all in the field of biology), someone started talking about amino acids. Debate ensued as to how many amino acids there are. Answers ranged from 10-50. I said 22. After a quick google search via iphone, we discovered that 22 was in fact correct. I stood up and humbly accepted praise shouted I AM THE SMARTEST PERSON ALIVE!!! Oh yes, I did. You should see me play Scrabble.
Are you a modest person? Or, like me, do you often embarrass yourself in public? I don’t think I need to answer that one.