Friday, 10 October 2008

I Love: Vegetables which are really Fruit

In order for me to be bc (botanically correct) I can't really call these guys vegetables, though that is how they are used. Ever had a tomato, an avocado or a pepper in your fruit salad? OK, I do use the avocado in desserts (Chocolate Pie being a case in point - see the recipe below) and sweet muffins, but I use sweet potatoes and pumpkins in them too, and they aren't used as fruits either.

Botanical correctness aside, there's so much you can do with tomatoes and peppers, other than eating them raw which in itself is pretty yummy, (unless you have a hot type not sweet bell pepper!!) Stuff and bake them, make all sorts of Mexican dishes (and throw in some guacamole!), use these as pizza toppings, make them into pasta sauces and spreads, roast them to intensify their natural sweetness, toss with other vegetables, I've done them all!
I really do like these vegetables, or to be bc - fruits, excepting one - the only vegetable I really don't like - I'm sorry Eggplant, even when you use your posh name, Aubergine, I just don't like you. But don't be too sad that I don't love you, as I know someone who does! as you can see by all the recipes she has posted featuring you!
and as promised above - Chocolate Pie

1 X 9” pie crust
2 large soft Avocado
1 T Lemon Juice
1 pkt soft / silken tofu
2 C Semi Sweet Vegan Chocolate chips
2 T Choc Soy Milk (or plain)
1 T Vanilla
1 T Maple Syrup

Using your blender or food processor, blend together the avocado, lemon juice and tofu until very smooth and lump free.
In either a double boiler or microwave (taking care with this) melt together the chocolate chips, soy milk, vanilla and maple syrup.
Add the melted chocolate mix to the food processor and blend into the avocado / tofu mix.
Pour into the prepared pie crust and chill overnight.

Decorate top with chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or as desired. Serve plain or with vegan ice cream.


Megan said...

I have been very curious about using avocado to make frostings, etc. Is it good? Would you use it again, even if Earth Balance was handy?

Carla said...

I've never made a frosting with avocado, so I don't know how that would work, just used it in muffins and this pie. In the recipes I've used it in I don't think EB would work, maybe I'd use silken tofu instead?

Bex said...

this sounds cool. It has chocolate so I can totally go for this.