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Rustic pumpkin cheese ravioli

“You are a ravioli making god!!!” is something that won’t be said about me. Probably ever.  But when you have an extra can of pureed pumpkin from pumpkin muffins  and an overly ambitious cooking agenda, this is what happens.

We’ve never made pasta from scratch before, let alone ravioli. But this recipe from vegandad was so simple. We don’t have a pasta machine so we rolled it out with a bread pin. It’s hard to tell, but each one is “uniquely shaped and specially hand crafted” (read: irregularly shaped). That’s the rustic part.

The filling was composed of a can of pureed pumpkin mixed with about a tablespoon of satueed minced garlic and some black pepper…

…and the cashew cheese pictured below. I was inspired by Tal Ronnen’s cashew cheese recipe but tweaked it a bit. I blended 2 cups of soaked cashews with 2tbs of nooch, 2 tbs of lemon juice, 2 tbs of almond milk, 1 tsp tahini, 1/2 tbs onion powder and 1 tsp of salt. I stirred in 2tbs of chives after that.

I then mixed some of the pumpkin with the cashew cheese to make the ravioli. I didn’t use all of the cashew cheese mixture, only about 1/2 of it.

We had one very wistful watcher while we worked (whoa, alliteration).

After giving the ravioli a quick dip (~4-5 minutes) in low boiling water, we tossed it with olive oil, salt and pepper and threw a dash of nutmeg on top. Even though the ravioli looked kinda funny, it was creamy, cheesy, pumpkin-y goodness!

I made it around the sun again

Last week, I completed my 33rd round trip around the sun. Such things call for small celebrations around these parts. When I got home from work, I discovered that N hid gifts for me around the house. One was this commissioned piece from local vegan artist Kenn Twofour. I’ve always admired his work when we see it around town and had mentioned to N that it would be cool to get the word “vegan” done by him. It is all sorts of awesome. The cookbook shelf is its temporary home until we find a good place to hang it.

For dinner, we ate at Cafe Sunflower. We started with the vegan nacho tapas covered in chili, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and jalapeños. Nom!

N continued with the Mexican theme and had soy chicken enchiladas with salsa and cheese. I had his leftovers the next day 🙂

I ordered the handmade ravioli stuffed with kaboacha squash, spinach, grilled vegetable and tofu ricotta and served with roasted shallot marinara, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and green beans.

And for dessert, we shared a slice of strawberry cake.

The gifts from N, the dinner and birthday wishes from friends and family already made me feel all special and loved. But my pa also got me this equation cup speaking to my inner nerd and N’s parents got me a book on digital food photography.

And to top it all off, I also received $50 gift cards to the movies in the mail the next day.

It was the perfect quiet celebration for this introvert and I’m looking forward to what this next trip around that flaming ball of plasma has in store for me!