Carbtastic Fun With Food

I had a few cooking binges while at my friend's condo in Ottawa. The chocolate macaroons were the yummy result of one; a second bout yielded cumin butternut squash ravioli, cinnamon butternut squash baked ravioli, and sweet potato gnocchi.

I had never made ravioli before, but I've made the gnocchi and some squash empanadas before, so I didn't think it would be too hard. I wanted to make things vegan--the friend I visited used to be hardcore, but not so much anymore (she kept trying to slip me seafood, telling me that it isn't meat, so being a vegetarian, I'm allowed to eat it. She is tricky tricky!). Finding a vegan ravioli dough recipe is difficult, and having all the ingredients without having to go to the store is even more difficult, so I adapted this one. I didn't have/didn't know what semolina flour is, but I guessed after a quick search that it is used as kind of a binding agent. So, instead, I used 3 cups of regular all-purpose flour, a bit more water than the recipe called for, the same amount of oil, and a prepackaged serving of apple sauce that my friend kept trying to make me eat at breakfast and I kept turning down. I thought that would help as a binding agent because I've read that it can replace eggs as a binding agent in vegan recipes. Although, refinding that information was pretty difficult. Either way, the ravioli dough worked out well (even without a rolling pin--I had to use a metal water bottle to roll it out).

The sweet potato gnocchi (on the plate on right) is, again, Nick's recipe from Macheesmo. I didn't bother trying to make them look pretty this time--four hours into preparing all these random dishes, and I was just like "Screw this." The ravioli wasn't a recipe so much as two batches of cooked butternut squash: one batch had basil, celery salt, cumin, and pepper; the other had cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and a bit of vanilla. The sweet ravioli (on the cookie sheet with the parchment paper) were baked little pockets of deliciousness. The more savory ones (on the plate at top) were boiled for dinner. You can ignore what's in the pan on the left--that's just my veggie stirfry that I made for lunch while preparing all this other goodness.

Of course, I only thought to take a picture with my phone. I don't know why I didn't get a picture with the camera, but once I thought about it, dinner was almost over.

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