Bruschettas of the fruit variety are nothing new, as far as recipes go. Even the traditional tomato one falls into that category, with tomatoes being a fruit and all. I’ve seen a couple of different fruit combinations over the last couple of years, since starting my blog; but have not made one, myself. Once I saw a picture of a strawberry bruschetta, I knew that I needed to try my hand at it.
Ever since I wrote a Crostini recipe for VegNews Online, I’ve made a couple of different recipes like it. The one that I have for you, today is a sweet, fraternal twin version of the first. The may look totally different, but they have similar parts and are terrific in their own ways.
The first crostini is savory, with its salty olive-mushroom tapenade, garlicky cashew cream, fresh basil and balsamic, it makes for a sophisticated appetizer. This recipe has the perfect summer fruit bruschetta made of sweet cherries, white peach and cooling mint. When laid atop a layer of subtly sweet orange cashew cream, it turns into a playful appetizer better served with a margarita, as opposed to a more reserved red wine.
Before you think, “This looks complicated,” I assure you, it’s definitely not. Think of it this way: Dice, toss, blend, toast, layer, serve. Straight up, that easy. Now, go on, get some friends together, enjoy the summer sun and munch on these tasty morsels.
It’s Sunday, and I am worn out. I feel like that’s pretty common amongst most people, though. Work during the week, get other things done on the weekend, then end up tired at the end of it all before you have to start on the Monday grind, again. Kind of dreadful, huh? Although, today I’ve been working on a delightful little recipe for you all, so I can’t complain too much about being tired!
But first, I would just like to mention that I went sailing for the first time, on Saturday. It was super last-minute, but a very fun experience, that makes me feel extremely lucky to live where I do. We had a hot weekend in Southern California, which I honestly was pretty bitter about (I like cool weather!), but the winds made for a perfect sailing situation. It did get a little chilly when the sun was going down, but it was pretty terrific and the scenery and sunset were gorgeous.
Which is why I may have procrastinated on creating a recipe that I wanted to get done yesterday, oops. Never the less, I am really excited to share with you these delectable morsels that I have dubbed Mini Pizza Pies. Plus, I’ve tried out something new with my cashew spread! I have made it even healthier, by substituting a good amount of cashews with steamed cauliflower; and I assure you, nothing has been lost in this switch. The texture is pretty incredible and still very creamy and rich, success!
These little pizzas would be great served as an appetizer at a party, or even just served as dinner. They’re a fun, little dish that is very kid-friendly, and even more adult-friendly. The fluffy, homemade crust can’t be beat!
I have always been a fan of trying new foods from different cultures and parts of the world, even when I was a child I was not too afraid to dabble in traditional Chinese food, all kinds of Mexican food (I do live in Southern California!), Japanese, Italian and of course Polish food that was fed to me by my grandparents. My palate didn’t really diversify until I was in college and a little after I graduated; I tried Indian food for the first time and immediately fell in love.
But, there was Mediterranean dishes that I had become enamored with, and as a whole, this food appeals to me even more now that I am vegan. With refreshing dishes like tabouleh and cucumber salads, bold use of garlic and onion, many vegetarian options, and of course, hummus, how can you go wrong?
This brings me to the first time that I tried falafel. With its crunchy, albeit fried, exterior; the warm middle, seasoned with cumin and parsley is comforting but not too heavy. Don’t get me started on the tzatziki sauce; even though the first one that I tried was from Daphne’s (a chain restaurant) I could not stop eating it. Ever since I went vegan I’ve been dreaming of recreating my own tzatziki sauce to try out, hoping that it would live up to my aged expectations.
For this recipe, I changed things up a little. I had made baked falafel before, using a recipe from Appetite for Reduction by Isa Moskowitz, so I knew some of the ingredients that would be essential to making these; otherwise I sort of went with it to see what would happen. Because these are baked, and not fried, they are lower in fat but aren’t extra crispy on the outside. Also, I pulsed my falafel mixture a little too much in the processor so it was of a smoother consistency than I desired; make sure not to do that!