You'll have to look at this photo of an adorable puppy-on-the-street instead of at my shepherd's pie. I can't for the life of me photograph it properly correctly. I tried just now to crop a photo and it looked terrifyingly pre-chewed no matter what I did. However, this is a beautiful, delicious semi-recipe, and I hope you will think about making it.
Summer Shepherd's Pie
fava beans, fresh, as many as you would like, maybe a few pounds still in the pod
1 sweet onion
rosemary, say 1 T fresh or 1 t dried
olive oil to taste
1 medium head of cauliflower
Earth Balance to taste, optional
unsweetened non-dairy milk to taste, optional
Tofutti cream cheese to taste, optional
Tofutti sour cream to taste, optional
truffle salt, optional but amazing
white pepper to taste
Prepare your fava beans. Shell them, then blanch them for 30 seconds and remove the skin. Place in a saucepan, fill to top bean level with water, and add a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add the rosemary as well. Turn on burner to medium, bring to simmer, and simmer ten minutes. Cool, and drain slightly if you have a lot of liquid.
Dice the onion, saute until tender, and add to the favas.
Break the cauliflower into florets and steam until tender. Puree with optional Earth Balance, non-dairy milk (please don't use sweetened, ew!), cream cheese, and sour cream--you are making mashed potatoes with the cauliflower. Add the white pepper and salt or optional truffle salt.
Preheat the oven to 400. Spread the fava mixture in the bottom of a pie plate. Cover with the cauliflower puree. Bake for half an hour, or until top is golden. Eat even if it falls apart.
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I hope that is a recipe befitting what's coming next, because today's giveaway is special. It's so special you can't even buy it yet. I have for you today a giveaway from the generous proprietors of Candle 79 for the Candle 79 Cookbook. The winner will receive a copy of this book from Candle 79 upon its release November 1!
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To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below. Tell me what you've eaten at Candle 79, or whether you like candles, or anything at all. This giveaway is open to US residents only, but others this month will be open to everybody everywhere. The winner will be chosen by random number generator and posted tomorrow below tomorrow's giveaway. If you win a giveaway on this blog at some point this month, please be kind and don't enter further giveaways--I'd love as many people to win something as possible!