Saturday, February 7, 2009

Beer Flowers

I took this recipe for Cauliflower Pakoras and pretty much just changed out the water for beer.


  • about 2 cups of cauliflower florets, sliced 1/2 inch-thick (other vegetables such as broccoli could work as well)
  • /2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup beer (pilsner or ale preferable)
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, chili powder, salt, baking powder, and beer to make a smooth, thick batter. It should not be runny. If necessary, add more beer 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time. Mix well.
  2. Warm 1/2 inch of oil in a medium skillet on medium heat. The oil is ready for frying when a drop of batter quickly crisps.
  3. Coat the cauliflower slices in the batter, and carefully place them in the pan to avoid splashing the hot oil. Don't crowd the pan.
  4. Cook until golden on both sides, turning once, for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
  5. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Serve as soon as possible.

This cheese-like sauce from Veganomicon works well as a dipping sauce. I increased the amount of flour to make it thicker and more of a dip. I also added minced olives because I had some leftover olives to use up. Incidentally, I used the leftovers of this sauce in my breakfast burrito this morning. It was a good idea.

Cheezy Sauce


  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch of dried thyme (crumbled in your fingers)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • a few olives, minced (optional)


  1. Whisk together the broth and flour until dissolved.

  2. Preheat a saucepan over medium-low heat. Place the oil and garlic in the pan and cook about 2 minutes, stirring often.

  3. Stir in the thyme, salt, and pepper.

  4. Add the broth, turmeric, and nutritional yeast, and raise the heat to medium. Stir constantly for 3 minutes, until the mixture bubbles.

  5. Once the mixture is bubbling, stir and cook for about 2 more minutes, then add the lemon juice, mustard, and olives. Keep covered until ready to serve.

1 comment:

Jason Henry Poetry said...

that was what you made last friday, right????? so good!