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#1 Old 01-03-2013, 12:05 PM
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I really would like to try the recipe for Penne Vodka (p. 193) from the Veganomicon, but the recipe calls for an immersion blender to blend sliced almonds into the sauce as it's on the stove. I do not have such a contraption, and I have never made a sauce with nuts before (just foraying into vegan cooking really). Does anyone have any suggestions? Could I just blend the almonds in some water beforehand and add that to the sauce? I do have a normal blender, though it is not terribly powerful. Or, does anyone else have a good recipe for Penne Vodka?

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I really would like to try the recipe for Penne Vodka (p. 193) from the Veganomicon, but the recipe calls for an immersion blender to blend sliced almonds into the sauce as it's on the stove. I do not have such a contraption, and I have never made a sauce with nuts before (just foraying into vegan cooking really). Does anyone have any suggestions? Could I just blend the almonds in some water beforehand and add that to the sauce? I do have a normal blender, though it is not terribly powerful. Or, does anyone else have a good recipe for Penne Vodka?

 

Have you soaked the almonds? Or pour boiling water over the almonds and let that sit for a little bit? Should soften them up even for a weaker blender.

 

You can scoop out a little of the sauce, blend it with the almonds in your blender, and then put that back in with the rest of the sauce, giving it a really good stir.


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Have you soaked the almonds? Or pour boiling water over the almonds and let that sit for a little bit? Should soften them up even for a weaker blender.

 

You can scoop out a little of the sauce, blend it with the almonds in your blender, and then put that back in with the rest of the sauce, giving it a really good stir.

 

That's a decent idea. I haven't done anything yet, because I was sure if I should attempt the recipe without the proper equipment.

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Coffee grinders are really good at grinding nuts: just put a small amount of nuts in the coffee grinder at a time, and then pulse a few times untill it has a floury texture!

 

I once tried to blend nuts in a brand new blender, and in seconds it was smoking! As it turns out, it was a liquid blender; whoops! rolleyes.gif

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i've made a recipe like that before. i used a food processor to grind the nuts and then making them into a paste with some water.

but, i also like this recipe
http://www.8cpassport.com/2010/02/cupid%E2%80%99s-8th-continent-12-days-of-valentines-day-7/
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I blend nuts (mostly cashews) in my blender all the time to make nut "cheeses" spreads (just did tonight in fact) and I've never had an issue other than not being able to get it perfectly smooth. I'm not sure if it works in all blenders though. Mine's an Osterizer and can chop ice...so maybe not a weaker blender?

 

This won't help you if you want to make the recipe tonight or something, but I was actually just looking up immersion blenders because I am tired of batch-blending hot soups in my blender and I discovered you can actually get a decent one for fairly cheap. I expected them to be like $80+ or something but there are good ones for $30.

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Thanks, all! I may try that 8th continent recipe instead, because I would like some experience using nutritional yeast.

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Nutritional yeast is awesome. I was an avid cheese fan and now I just dump nooch in anything I want to have a "cheesy" flavor.

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I think I've seen in other recipes of hers that she says if you don't have an immersion blender, you can let the sauce cool, put it in a regular blender, then put it back in the pot to reheat it. You don't want to put hot liquid in a regular blender, which is why the immersion blender is handy.

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I think I've seen in other recipes of hers that she says if you don't have an immersion blender, you can let the sauce cool, put it in a regular blender, then put it back in the pot to reheat it. You don't want to put hot liquid in a regular blender, which is why the immersion blender is handy.

 

Thanks, Mojo. By the way,  I've been looking at your blog a lot recently while deciding which of Isa's recipes to make next. The visual is very helpful/enticing. You do a great job!

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Thanks, Mojo. By the way,  I've been looking at your blog a lot recently while deciding which of Isa's recipes to make next. The visual is very helpful/enticing. You do a great job!

 


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