Today’s post is part of a blog tour for Robin Robertson’s latest book “Fresh From the Vegan Slowcooker”. Most of you are probably familiar with this author as she is practically the queen of vegan cuisine with more than 20 cookbooks under her belt (two of my favorites being Vegan Planet and Vegan Fire and Spice).
“Fresh From the Vegan Slowcooker” is amazingly helpful for those of us who adore their slowcookers, and especially for those of us who often rely on crockpots to get a ton of food on the table almost effortlessly. Robin and her publisher have been very kind to share this delightful recipe for Crockpot Callaloo Soup with us. I happily devoured an entire recipe’s worth of the Callaloo Soup all by myself this past week… truly delicious.
I am so happy to announce that I am almost done with my next book*, Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats Gone Global! I have to give a emphatic nod of appreciation to all the amazing people who are helping me out by testing, editing, and/or lending an ear while I groan through the last stretch: I love you!
These past few weeks, I’ve been on a constant schedule of wash (dishes), bake, sauté, rinse, and repeat. My laptop has crusted batter on the keys–despite my efforts to keep it clean–and my pants just may be a wee bit too tight. Ah yes, life is good.
You know what else is good?
Tis the season for nog!
Around my circle of friends and family, it’s no secret that I am a complete junkie for some chili garlic sauce. I put it on everything. Anything. Sometimes I eat it straight from a teeny tiny spoon. I have absolutely no shame when it comes to this addictive condiment.
Whatever I put chili garlic sauce on only becomes that much better. It’s sort of like salt… except spicy, and garlicky. Two of my favorite tastes. Works in this example too. Pumpkin, during Autumn months, pretty much makes everything–including hummus–better. So, it only makes sense that adding a little chili garlic sauce would have to make that already better hummus, even better. Ya know?
Plus, it’s orange, so serving with purple cauliflower makes for a show stopping Halloween party tray addition.
The key to making this dip’s texture smooth and creamy and not so much like pumpkin pie filling is to blend it in your food processor (or blender if you prefer) for a long time. At least 5 minutes, and I’d shoot for 7 to be safe. Also, be sure to start with just a little water and add as needed, since some varieties of canned pumpkin seem to have more liquid than others.