Vichyssoise

This was a really fun soup to make because I had never made Vichyssoise before and it is a pretty particular dish. Love learning new things about food. If you are one of those people that don’t dig the cold soups (it’s cool, it happens), it is just as yummy heated up! Enjoy it your way.
Vichyssoise
2 cups chopped potatoes

3 leeks

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk

2 cups vegetable stock
2 tbsp dairy free margarine, Earth Balance or other
3/4 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
Chives for garnish
Trim off the green tops of the leeks and slice lengthwise. Wash leeks making sure to clean in between the layers and slice thinly, discarding ends. In a saucepan over medium low heat melt the margarine. Add the leeks and cook, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes or until leeks have become tender. Add potatoes and stock, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover pot, simmering for 30 minutes until potatoes are tender.
Allow to cool a bit and puree in a blender. Add salt, pepper and milk and blend to mix. Allow soup to chill before serving. Top with chopped or whole chives and enjoy.

Watermelon Pie

Watermelon pie, you say? Yes indeed! It sounds odd and it looks a little freaky. But man oh man does it taste amazing. It’s a no bake pie so it’s perfect for those hot summer days that you dread turning the oven on.

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To start off let’s gather our ingredients and supplies.

For food you’re going to need:

  • 1 cup vanilla cookie crumbs
  • 1/3 cup vegan margarine, such as earth balance
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 6 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch, plus 6 tbsp water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 lime

For supplies you should gather:

  • A Fine Strainer
  • Cheesecloth
  • 8 inch springform pan, lined with parchment paper on bottom and sides
  • Food Processor
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Bowl
  • Pots
  • Spoons

Once you know you have all the good stuff, let’s get started!

Making the Base:

To start off, we make the cookie crumbs. To get 1 cup of crumbs it took 20 arrowroot cookies. If you’re not a fan of arrowroot, feel free to use your favourite non-creme vanilla cookie. Place the cookies in a food processor and process until they are fine crumbs. Place crumbs in bowl or measuring cup.

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In a small pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, stir in finely chopped chervil. Continue to cook for about 1 minute and then remove from heat.

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Pour butter mixture into the crumbs and mix until thoroughly combined. Put the crumb mixture into the springform pan and press down firmly until you have a nice firm crust. Put in the freezer until needed.

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Filling Fun:

Rinse the cookie crumbs out of the food processor.

Cut 6 cups of cubed watermelon. It took about half a medium watermelon for me, but sizes vary, so just keep cutting until you’ve got your 6 cups worth. Place in the food processor and process until fully blended.

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Line the strainer with cheesecloth and place over a medium pot. Pour the watermelon puree into the the strainer. Force the juice through the cheesecloth using a spoon. Continue until all juice has gone through and only pulp remains. Discard the pulp.

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Add 1/2 cup milk to the watermelon juice. Heat the watermelon juice mix over medium high heat and bring to a boil. While the watermelon juice is heating, create a cornstarch slurry. I a small bowl mix the 1/2 cup cornstarch with the 6 tbsp water, mixing thoroughly until its a smooth liquid.

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Once liquid is boiling, slowly pour the slurry into pt, while whisking quickly. Continue to whisk until the filling has thickened and all the slurry has been incorporated.

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Remove the crust from the freezer. Pour filling over crust. Put into fridge to set, for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.

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Lime Syrup Time:

This really is the most important part of the pie. Without it, the pie is nothing. It brings everything together so nicely while adding that sweetness and tartness and oh-so-goodness.

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Zest the lime, and then cut the remaining lime into quarter wedges. Squeeze juice into small pot. Add the zest, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water into the pot and stir to combine.

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Over medium heat, bring to a boil stirring constantly, ensuring that all sugar is dissolved. Once it starts to boil, continue to stir and cook for 1 minute. Literally 1 minute. Use a timer or your watch because if you cook to long it will be too thick, and not long enough it will just be sugar water.

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Remove from heat after 1 minute and transfer to glass storage container. I like to use mason jars, but the choice is yours.

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The Finishing Touches:

Everything’s done and now you have to play the waiting game. It sucks, I know, but it’s totally worth it in the end.

Once the pie is set, remove the sides of the springform and gently take the parchment paper off of the sides of the pie. Transfer onto a serving dish, keeping the bottom parchment, or leave on the bottom of the springform pan. Cut it into 12 pieces.

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When serving, make sure you pour the lime syrup generously over each individual piece. As i said earlier, it makes it, so don’t be shy.

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Eat, enjoy and go back for seconds! Hope you love this pie as much as we do!