Cashew Creme

Hey!  Sorry it has been so long. To be honest, I just haven't felt like writing!  I have been trying to stay on task and writing the blog took a back seat. I taught my Kaplan class last week and it went well.  The school is about 35 minutes away and it was odd to be commuting and working again.  Felt nice, but I spent most of each day either doing last minute preparing, commuting or actually teaching.  I enjoyed it and the class seemed to learn so it was win-win.  Now I am focused on getting my nurse refresher program done. I am trying to do a module a day so I can finish by the end of December.  I have finished 14 out of 24!  The staff of the program advise you to take 6 months to do the course (No way!) and I am set to finish 2 months start to finish.  I hope to work on the Wake Forest Baptist medical oncology floor for my clinical and if all goes well I can start that sometime in January.  Let's see, what else.  I have found a church -  St Timothy's Episcopal Church.  I like the high mass service with the incense, amazing choir, a homily I can folllow, and the rituals and traditions.  Somehow it is a good fit. The people I have met are very welcoming and friendly, and the church has a variety of outreach programs.  They house a women's homeless shelter every night during the cold months and am signed up to start helping. It feels nice to have a meaningful way to meet people and serve the community.  

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Last Sunday I got up early and went for a long walk in the neighborhood. I had forgotten that there was a 5K and a half marathon that started at the YMCA and wound around through the area.  It was great fun to see all the runners.  There were 3000 runners in the 1/2 marathon.  Made me miss my Houston running days with my friend Karen.  My knees sadly feel the hills here just with walking so I think my running days are over. 

Domino has a new favorite place to sit -  on the washing machine to look out at the birds that flock in the bush just outside.  Of course I leave the curtain open for him!  Lastly, here is a favorite recipe.....cashew creme.  It is one we learned in school and takes the place of whipped creme.  If you can't eat dairy or just chose not to, this is a tasty substitution to top all your pies, cakes, fruit salad.  It is just barely sweet but very rich and creamy.  I made it for Thanksgiving for our pumpkin pie.  I am not sharing the pie recipe as I think most of you won't want to bother with agar and arrowroot, two critical ingredients that I'm pretty sure you won't have in your pantry.  If you really want it, message me and I will send it to you. It is healthy and delicious. I ate it left over for breakfast three days in a row!  For the cashew creme you need to plan ahead and soak your raw cashews for 3 or 4 hours.  It makes them blend up very smooth.  Other than that, it is so easy  and totally delicious. I hope you'll try it! 

Cashew Creme

by Catherine Craig

Prep Time: 5 minutes plus soaking time

Keywords: blender dessert gluten-free vegan cashews

Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 1 cup raw cashew pieces (no need to use whole ones!)
  • water to cover by an inch
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Place the cashews in a small bowl and over with water. Let soak 3 to 4 hours or overnight.

Drain the cashews, saving the water.

Put the nuts in a high speed blender with the syrup, vanilla and salt. Turn on the blender and add the water gradually until you get the consistence you want. I sometimes put about 1/4 cup of water in to get the blending started. This may be enough, depending how thick you want the creme.

Store leftovers in the refrigerator. It will thicken as it sits, just add a little more water if needed. Serve on pie, fruit salad, pudding, cobblers.....

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