Those of you have cooked beets before have experienced the condition known as dun dun dun… BEET HANDS! Well thanks to an unexpected visitor this condition provided me with a bit of anxiety.
Let me set the scene for you… It was 8 o’clock at night and I was just finishing up my dinner preparation. I have had a huge pumpkin in my apartment for about a month know so I figured it was time to toss it in the oven and see how much pumpkin meat I could harvest. I really did not have high hopes for this vegetable because of it’s size. I ended up having to discard over half of the pumpkin because it had quite a bit of the white inedible portion but I figure the 4 cups that I did get out of it was worth it.
We will return to the pumpkin in a moment, but now onto the beet hands. Joining my plate with what would soon amount to be pumpkin mashed potatoes and gravy, was roasted cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and beet chips. Now, whenever I try to broil vegetables I set off my smoke detector so I decided rather than annoying my neighbors with the inevitable I would just remove my smoke detector until I turn off my oven.
Just as I was about to place my beet chips in the oven there was a knock on my door. To my surprise it was a police officer! So here I was, chair in front of the door from removing the detector, huge knife sitting on my kitchen counter from cutting the pumpkin, and blood-red hands from preparing my beets. Needless to say I was a little bit nervous to open the door! It turns out he was looking for a guy who supposedly said he lived at my apartment. He definitely seemed a little bit skeptical when I told him I lived alone considering I was standing there with my door only cracked half way open while hiding my hands.
It was an interesting night to say the least. Now on to my super easy recipe for gravy that goes great over any dish!
- ¼ cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 1 tsp. Tomato Paste
- 1 tsp. Nutritional Yeast
- ¼ tsp. Smart Balance
- 1/8 tsp. Better than Vegetable Stock
Heat all of the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat stirring almost constantly until it thickens. It’s as easy as that!
*If you do not have nutritional yeast you can sub whole-wheat flour, it just won’t have that slightly cheesy taste.
**If you want to give your gravy a little kick, ¼ tsp. of Sriracha is a very yummy addition
I served my gravy over mashed roasted pumpkin which is a great alternative to potatoes! I also decided to fry up some of my left over Citrus Marinated Tofu from our cooking class on top.
What is your strangest cooking story??