Thursday, September 11, 2014

Creamy Zucchini Sauce - Vegan Month of Food

Poesy and Plate
Vegan Month of Food  2014
(check out the hundreds of VeganMoFo blogs HERE)
My goal: cook and blog about vegan food 20 times
  during the month of September. 

My theme: words and food


’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

This poem is pure genius. Read it ten times if you must, but be sure to read it with an open mind and a critical eye toward the structure of the beast (pardon the pun.) All nouns are in the correct place, verbs are in their proper tense and descriptors are true perfection. What,  in the English language, could be better than: "Twas brillig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe."? 

In case you don't know, this beautiful poem is in the middle of Carroll's novel "Through the Looking Glass," written in 1871. You could analyze the meaning of the poem for hours, digging into possible meaning for the 'nonsense' words that Carroll used. Apparently, he wrote the first verse years before publishing the novel and then extended it just for Alice's dream. 

Apparently, you must check the zucchini plants
daily. This sauce is perfect for the
monsters hiding in your garden.
Save the tiny zucchinis for a nice
presentation and use the humongous
ones for Creamy Zucchini Sauce. 

I don't need to know Carroll's purpose in writing it, I simply know that I love the sound and feel of this masterpiece. All my students study and memorize this one. 

And speaking of things that don't go together, like 'frumious' and 'Bandersnatch,' how about putting zucchini and cashew cream together? Another moment of pure genius, this time by ME! 

Creamy Zucchini Sauce 
Here's what you need:
Lots of zucchini - shredded
lots of garlic minced
red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
1 C raw cashews

Here's what you do:
Warm some oil in a large pot. Add the minced garlic and optional hot pepper flakes. Add the shredded zucchini. Cook and stir until all the veg is soft and wilty. Process all the zucchini in a high-speed blender until totally smooth. 
In the mean time, soak 1 C raw cashews in water for at least 30 minutes. Drain off that water and cover the nuts with fresh water. Blend at high speed in a high-speed blender. Add to the zucchini. Stir! 

I froze some of my sauce in plastic freezer bags, well labeled, laying flat on a baking sheet. When they are frozen solid, I slide them into another large freezer bag. 


  1. Thank you for sharing the poem.
    The zucchini dish looks comforting and delicious. Catherine xo

  2. Oooh, yummy! And I still have a few monster zukes left!

  3. Could you clarify for me roughly how much "lots of zucchini" is? ;)

    1. Lizzie, I have to admit that I did not measure, but I remember that my large Dutch Oven pot was about half way full of shredded zucchinis. See that picture up there, I probably used both of those huge zucs. This recipe is very forgiving! the cashew cream really put it over the top! I hope this helps!


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