Monday, November 9, 2009

Vegan Asparagus Soup

Hi Hi! Hope you had a nice Monday! I had a busy and relaxing day (which sounds odd…I know). Today I:
  • Got up early and cleaned the whole house
  • Went for a run (felt good to run after all that weight lifting this weekend!!). I did 7.4 miles:


  • Lots of laundry and ironing
  • A half day of work with a cranky co-worker:

  • Just over 4 mile walk/chat with my Aunt ;) :




I was a bit nervous about how this was going to turn out. It was my first time making/using Cashew Cream:



The result(sorry it looks a bit foamy, I used an emulsion blender):


TOTALLY fantastic and creamy! I went back for seconds. Thank you for the great recipe Tal! Have you ever made a recipe you were nervous about? How was the outcome??


47 comments:

Marissa said...

Looks great! I am making a vegan alfredo sauce this week that I am a bit nervous about. It is from Vegan Yum Yum so I am sure it will turn out fine :)

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

I really need to step outside of my comfort zone and try making more dishes that scare me! Seems like the results were awesome.

VeggieGirl said...

Many times; and thankfully the results have almost always been favorable (phew! haha).


Have a fabulous evening!

Abby's Vegan Eats said...

Sounds like a really yummy soup.. Ive never made that before! Im always a bit nervous about new recipes simply because I hate wasting food and money (that is if I end up hating it).

Wow, girl 7 mile run and 4 mile walk.. you rock!! Happy Monday eve. :)

Lauren said...

Sounds like a lovely way to start off a week.

I beleive I try a new recipe without knowing how it will turn out at least once a week. But that is the joy and fun of cooking. I figure, if I like at least 95% of the ingreidents that go into it, it has to turn out great, right?!

Glad you had a great day Erica!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

nervous? no.
making recipes that i have no idea what the outcome is going to be, exactly? yes, daily :)

I dont use cookbooks, and just roll from intuition so one never knows!
love cashew cream. If you just soak cashews, then drain them, add a dash of agave and blend the heck outta them, that's cashew cream, i.e. vegan coolwhip, and it's sooo good!

Dawn Dishes It Out said...

The soup looked great! I love trying new recipes. Sounds like you did a great job!!

Jessica said...

That looks great!!! Yum!!

lesley living life said...

Haha, the pictures of your "cranky co-worker" cracked me up, Erica! :D

Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE cheesecake--but I'm always too nervous to make it. I've seen/experiences so many cheesecake disasters--but I'll have to man up one day, and just do it!

The soup looks delish!

Julie said...

look at you busy lady! what a fun day in a totally productive way :)

that 7+ miler is awesome girl woo hoo!

I'm seriously nervous everytime I make something new haha I'm always so afraid people arent going to like it!

Molly said...

vegan cool whip...i need to try that!
oh frank...every time i see his droopy face, I smile :)

Anne said...

Ooh, that looks awesome! Haha I always get nervous with new recipes. Especially pancakes! I always failed on pancake making until very recently :)

Michelle said...

huh!! Cashew cream is fascinating and the soup really does look creamy and yummy. Thank you for sharing Erica!!! I used to be skeptical about how moist vegan cakes would turn out, but after a very successful vegan pumpkin cake, I am now free of any doubts! :)

Stephanie @ cookinfanatic said...

Oh how interesting with the cashew cream! Looks like you did a great job girl :) and woah major exercise day, hope you ate 8 lbs of that soup to make up for that serious calorie burn!!

Maria said...

I always make up recipes as I go and hope for the best:) Glad you had a nice Monday!

Yum Yucky said...

Sorry, but the cashew cream is scaring me. Now I have a knot in my throat.

laura dishes said...

Ahh I love that picture of Frank!

I normally make recipes that I'm really comfortable with, but I'd like to try one that I'm not so confident about! That's the only way to learn how to cook well, right? :)

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

Vegan Asparagus just sounds so creamy and delicious!

Lizzy said...

hmm this soup sounds good!

I want to ask where did you get your work out watch and how much did it cost!?

have a great night love!

Angharad (Eating for England) said...

Oh my gosh - my lovely friends made this cashew cream once and we had it on beer and chocolate waffles (i kid you not). It was a dream!

Priyanka said...

I have been wanting to try the Cashew cream paste as a substitute for a while now, but have been worried about how it will taste.I think i should try this!

Jessie (Vegan-minded) said...

That soup looks amazing! I love asparagus, and I can imagine it tasted great with the cashew creme. Honestly, I don't really get nervous when making new recipes, unless I am serving them to other people. For example, if I bake a cake for someone I can't cut into and taste it before giving it to them. I am always afraid it won't taste good!

Britt - Runnerbelle said...

You logged some good mileage today!

The first time I made a green monster, I was highly skeptical.... it just looked so odd. BUT it tasted fabulous. Why did I doubt so many bloggers?! ;-)

Courtney said...

I am new to your blog - but we have the same Polar (niiiice!!) and I LOVE YOUR BULLDOG!!!!!!!!!!

Holly said...

You got in the miles today, girl!! That is awesome, especially for a Monday!

haha I LOVE that picture of Frank!! He has that "Monday" look about him. I kinda looked like that this morning. ;-)

Yes...I'm scared to make a lot of new things!! I was scared to make acorn squash and tofu, but I absolutely LOVE them both now. Next up? Brussel sprouts!!

Living and Loving in L.A. said...

Yum! I love trying new things, but I do get nervous because I hate wasting food! So if it's something entirely new, chances are I'm cautious. But I love cashews and I love asparagus, so this one looks like a winner!!!
Great job getting in those miles today! You're a machine!!!

Juliana said...

The asparagus soup looks yummie, I would mind trying it :-)

BroccoliHut said...

What a yummy recipe! I've been too scared to try the cashew cream myself actually, but you've given me a boost of confidence:)

J said...

Everytime I "healthify" a recipe, I am nervous about the outcome. I always tell Mallard to be real about how things taste so I can tweek the recipes to make them better so he does not hesitate to be honest ;)

Kris | iheartwellness.com said...

This soup sounds so good! How was it??

Oh yea a lot of my recipes I make up I am nervous about....lol...but thats whats fun!

Have a great night doll

Esi said...

Sounds like an interesting soup. All my daring baker recipes make me nervous, but most turn out ok, lol.

Alison said...

LOL on the cranky co-worker! So glad the vegan asparagus soup turned out good! I'm new to the world of cooking with cashews myself but so far everything has turned out great! I love experimenting with vegan recipes these days.

*Naomi* said...

wowww that soup looks great!!! well done...i love asparagus and have never had aspargus soup! go figure...you need to take a youtube vid of you doing thte body pump! i want to see you in action(i did not mean that in a creepy way at all) more that I love the music and intensity and I am sure you ROCK as an instructor!!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Oo that soup looks creamy and tasty! I have made a recipe that I was nervous about and it was actually soup also! My Italian neighbor lady used to make a spinach white bean soup and I wanted to try and remake it--I didn't think it would turn out anything like the original, but it was identical!

Dawn said...

why is the frankster cranky?
Oh I could write a book about how many food items I made that made me sooo nervous. but step by step it comes together.
I bet the cashew cream made that soup taste so good.

Mom on the Run said...

Great job with the runs and walks!

I have made many recipes that I use new ingredients and usually they come out great :)

RunToTheFinish said...

I am nervous about most of the things I make, since I have been trying all kinds of new things this year!

Bridget said...

Yeah making a soup with cashew cream would definintely make me nervous as well! But it sounds awesome!! Sounds like a great run...man your in shape! I'd probably burn that many calories in a 4mile run. Hi Frank!!!!

Therese said...

Look at your with a cardio filled day! The cleaning counts too right?

I don't know how I would feel about asparagus soup...although I do adore a good cream based soup!

Deirdre said...

I'm always nervous when I make crab cakes because I always mess them up. I have yet to make good ones, but I'm going to keep trying!

teresa said...

mmmm, yummy soup! asparagus is one of my faves!

whever i've cooked with a recipe i've been nervous about, it either works out incredibly amazing, or horribly bad. never a middle road. it's always fun to take that gamble though!

Krista said...

Just last night i made Mama Peas cinna rolls and was SO nervous that they wouldn't rise because I wasn't sure if my yeast was dead! Thankfully they worked out!

Asparagus soup sounds divine!

eatingtolivelovelaughtri said...

Your cranky co-worker is much cuter than my cranky co-worker! : )

Shannon said...

soup sounds great! and what fun with bodypump all weekend :) jealous!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

OMG girl! Way to branch out! That soup sounds glorious - normally I think soups are kind of ho hum but this one does not fall into that category :)
Nice calorie burn! Ow ow!
P.S. XOXOOXXXXXXXXXX to Frank :)

Alisa - frugal foodie said...

What a coincidence. I am featuring that cashew cream recipe from Tal on Go Dairy Free this weekend.

Are you kidding? I get nervous every day about a recipe not turning out! :)