Ca-shew!

Bless you!

I bought a jar of cashew butter the other day, something I hadn’t had for ages. I’d liked it before but not been overwhelmed, which is weird considering I always used to pick every single cashew out of the mixed nuts my mum used to buy at Christmas… she buys them on their own now :-)

But I saw some at a farm shop the other day, thought it was worth another go – and was proved right; I’ve since been using it in just about everything.

One of the ways I used to love the nuts was with Dairylea triangles, which might sound like a weird combination but I reckon nuts and cheese together is the way forward, as is nuts and nutritional yeast.

I used them both, with some of this, also bought at the farm shop, today:

Crispy cashew polenta fingers:

100g fine polenta

400ml vegetable stock

2tbsp nutritional yeast

2tbsp cashew butter

2tbsp ground flax seed

1/4 tsp garlic powder

Pinch of dried mixed herbs

Meausure the flax, garlic, herbs and nutritional yeast into a bowl so you can add them quickly in a minute.

Bring the stock (I used 1.5tsp bouillon vegetable stock powder in 400ml cold water) to the boil, then add the polenta in a steady stream. Turn the heat down a bit and cook the polenta for a couple of minutes until nice and thick. Keep whisking all the time to get rid of any lumps and watch it – when the packet says “bubbles explosively”, it ain’t exaggerating; it’s like Vesuvius :-)

When it gets arm-achingly thick (and I ain’t exaggerating either) take pan off the heat and add the flax mixture and the cashew butter and whisk till well mixed - I had lumps in the polenta so I used my hand blender to get it really smooth – then dollop into a greased roasting pan. Set aside to cool and set, then slice into fingers:

Then either saute, or spray with olive oil and cook under a 180C-ish grill, till browned and crisp on both sides. I tried both ways and the saute-ing is crisper… but then, I was starving as I waited for the grilled ones and too impatient to leave them any longer :-)

Whichever way, they were delicious, they reminded me of potato croquettes (old school!) with their creamy soft insides and crunchy, crispy coating – only with much more flavour and much healthier than mashed potato covered in breadcrumbs!

I had mine with vegetables and some more of the red pepper pesto, which is even better than I remembered. Seriously, make the pesto, it’s amazing.

It was perfect comfort food for the end of a day in which autumn not only arrived, after a lovely roasting hot weekend, but after which I’m going back to work :-(

On a more positive note though, my tumble dryer has mended itself. Last Sunday, it took me a while to cotton on to the fact that my sheets were spinning around happily but not getting any drier – because there was no heat coming out. I meant to ring Phillips and ask whether they still make the model (doubtful as it’s older than I am) and whether they had any advice, forgot and put the sheets in again today without much hope.

Weirdly though, it worked perfectly! The rest clearly did it good :-)

Hope everyone’s had a great weekend.

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33 Responses to Ca-shew!

  1. haahha cute post title!! oh my i love polenta! i never eat it enough!

  2. I’ve never tried polenta before. Does is usually come in grain form..like rice-looking or am I thinking of something else?

  3. Too funny! Sounds like your dryer just needed a little R&R!

    Your recipe sounds delicious! I’ve never actually made polenta before. I can’t believe the package has that warning on it! Haha!

  4. I absolutely love cashew butter and if they taste like potato croquettes then I need them in my life! I just need to find some pollenta in the shops!

  5. ~Jessica~ says:

    Such an original idea with the polenta fingers: I have some at the moment but it’s not as nice as the brand I used to use (which has since disappeared from shelves for some reason. Grr.) so that would be a good way of using it up.

    I love cashews but find cashew butter a bit overwhelming and sickly for some reason? Odd, as I like just about every other kind of nut butter…

    We have a ye olde tumble drier too! Ours is still going strong…ah, they don’t make ‘em like they used to ;)

    xxx

    • I kind of know what you mean; I love it but can see how it would be sickly, if that makes sense – not like coconut, which I could eat the whole jar of :-)
      I love it when things last like that; like the stories in the paper of people who’ve had fridges since 1950 – brilliant!

  6. These look fab! What a great idea and recipe. Cashew butter is amazing so thick and creamy- yum!

  7. Leigh says:

    These look amazing!! I have never tried polenta, will be addidng it to my to try list.
    Cashew nut butter is one of my favourites, it’s so creamy.

  8. Hmm, I’ve never had cashew butter–but yes, I pick them out of the mixed nuts :D Polenta is so good! But I don’t think I’ve had it all summer. I am all over that red pepper pesto–sounds amazing. As do appliances that fix themselves!

  9. I’ve never tried polenta, but it’s one of those things that I’ve always meant to try – I even have a ready-made block in my cupboard. I love cashew butter, it’s milder than other nut butters. I love cashews in general actually.

  10. Woah that sounds freaking amazing! I just had polenta for the first time last week, and it was tasty!

  11. Errign says:

    I love polenta, but not cashews :) I also used to pick them out of mixed nuts, but it was to throw them away!

  12. Maria says:

    I love your post titles, pun-tastic :)
    I like cashews, but I used to love them more which is weird. I like cashew butter but I think it is more savoury than other nut butters.

  13. I just recently started eating polenta. I love the idea of adding cashew butter to it! How interesting- thanks for the idea :)

  14. lucie says:

    So funny! Ive never actually tried polenta before, I must put it on my ‘to try’ list!

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  16. Joanna says:

    I’ve never had polenta and am curious about it. Love cashews so maybe this would be a good experiment. I don’t have nutritional yeast, do you think I can substitute something? Like marmite? Did you add it just for the taste?

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