Appetizer, Sides, Snacks

Creamy Cashew Spread

“If you’re gonna to go, go now
don’t want to see your shadow moving by
blowing like a storm across the sky
passing like the echoes from your eyes
at the breaking of the morning

So, if you’re gonna to go, go quick
turn your face from the wind
you’re never going to see this one again 
given your body and smile is awakened in the morning…”
Raina Rose, “If You’re Gonna to Go”

Thoughts swirl inside my mind like the leaves outside dancing around the yard in dizzying circles. Raina Rose is quietly playing softly through the speakers that sit upon my desk. Her voice simply soars stopping me in my tracks as I try to think. As her voice soars alongside the accompanying instruments, the melodies and harmonies are rising up and down, intertwining seamlessly together. Talent, inspiration, and joy flow out from the speakers as I press ‘repeat’ and shuffle through all of my new albums. Beautiful.

The late nights chatting of all things important with my amazing Mom as we sip wine while catching the world series on the television. We are in her softly lit living room, the stove is churning out warmth and cheer, as her home just wraps its walls around you and gives you a great big hug. I also realize I am starting to really enjoy watching baseball. Strange.

The cat welcomes me back home and meows a few new sounds as I set down my bags. I wonder if there are books on interpreting cat meows? Moving along to cashew spread.

I first tried this while on my first vacation with my newly expanded family. My mother in law made this spread and I have been dreaming of it ever since. It is simple. It uses this newly acquired gadget in the kitchen…

…so many thanks!!!

I spread it on some cracked pepper crackers along with some roasted apple cranberry chutney.


I hear you can also use it as a dairy free alternative to ricotta as well. Next time I will try a few different spice combinations. Toasted and freshly ground spices seem like a good idea.  What about as a base for a sauce with tomatoes? Who knows, but lets just make up a batch now. Please and thank you.

Cashew Cheese Spread

Ingredients

  • Recipe from Bold Vegan
  • 1 Cup raw cashews
  • 3 Cups water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • few cracks of black pepper
  • 1/4 Cup water

Instructions

  1. Note: You need at least one hour of soaking time before this is ready to assemble
  2. In a small bowl add the cashews and water and allow to soak for at least an hour.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor add the soaked cashews, a splash of the cashew water, lemon juice, salt, pepper and start to pulse. Slowly add the 1/4 cup of water and process for 2-4 minutes until smooth. Store this mixture in the fridge for at least an hour to set up a bit. Enjoy!
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