Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Chocolate Lady’s Vegan Shvies (Shabuoth, Shavuot) Survival Guide (Honey Vanilla Kernik)


The difficulties faced by vegetarians during the joyous festival of peysekh are the subject of endless brow-furrowing, hand-wringing, and beard-tugging, but really, a vegetarian Passover is a day at the races, a veritable (peysekhdik) cakewalk compared to steep and slippery slope scaled by vegans at the joyous Feast of Weeks. Yes, I know peysekh is way longer, and comes with actual mitsves, but everyone is more or less in the same boat with regard to facing culinary challenges at peysekhtime. Shvies, on the other hand, has no dietary restrictions, and on the contrary offers the extra option of having milkhiks at a holiday meal. This beloved shvies tradition is of recent origin, dubious provenance, and is by no means universal, but it has earned shvies the title as the best of all holidays.

Here are your shvies survival links:
The most important recipe you need is this cashew and hemp cheese for filling blitnses, pierogi, vereniki, naleszniki, and other cheesy delights.
Have a look as well at this amazing pistachio cheesecake (or Yiddish pistachio cheesecake)

And here is the honey-vanilla kernik you have been waiting for.
A sweet and happy yontif to all In Mol Araan.

װעגאַנער טאָרט מיט קאַשוניס און קאָנאָפּליעס
1 טעפּל קאַשוניס
½ טעפּל קאָנאָפּליעס
‏2 לעפֿל קאָקאָנוס בױמל ‏
¼ לעפֿעלע זאַלץ
¼-1/2 טעפּל האָניק
זױמען פֿון 1 שױט װאַניל
2 לעפֿל אַגאַר (קאַנטען)
װײקט אײַן די קאַשוניס און קאָנאָפּליעס אין װאַסער אײן נאַכט. גיסט אױס דאָס װאַסער. מאָלט אָפּ די ניס מיט 1 ½ טעפּלעך פֿרישע װאַסער, האָניק, זאַלץ און װאַניל. קאָכט דאָס געמיש אין אַ טאָפּ מיטן אַגאַר דער אַגאַר זאָל צעגײן. גיסט אײַן אין אַ טאָרט־פֿענדל פֿון 6 צאָל און קילט עס אָפּ.

Almost Raw Vegan Honey Vanilla Cheesecake (Kernik)

1 cup raw cashews
½ cup hemp seeds
2 tablespoons coconut oil
¼ teaspoon salt (2 fat pinches)
2 tablespoons agar-agar (kanten)
¼-½ cup bamboo honey or other flavorful honey, to taste
seeds from one vanilla bean
1 6-inch pastry crust (ah, look! You have a leftover chocolate crust right here!)
Soak the cashews and hemp seeds overnight. Drain them and add 1 ½ cups fresh water, the honey, oil, and salt, and blend at high speed for several minutes. Heat the blended nut mixture with agar until the agar dissolves and pour into a six-inch springform with or without a prepared crust. You can pour the mixture into individual cups or bowls.

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Anonymous Venmum said...

What an incredibly beautiful dessert of non-milk and honey! I trust there are ten walnuts to represent the Ten Commandments at the center, or summit, of the feast?

7:27 PM  
Blogger the chocolate doctor מרת שאקאלאד said...

Thrice Venerable Mother,

Yes that is exactly it! Ten commandments! What she said!

12:09 AM  
Blogger Lao Qiao said...

Sheng ri kuai le.
Da dao Gongchandang.

11:51 PM  
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Anonymous Benjy Ben-Baruch said...

Pesah (paysach) should not be a burden to vegetarians or even vegans. Pesah only becomes a burden to thos vegetarians who insist, very foolishly in my opinion, to observe "the foolish and stupid" Ashkenazi custom of not eating qitniyot (e.g. beans, rice, lentils, maize, etc.). This custom was "foolish and stupid" from its obscure beginnings and should have been abandoned by contemporary Jewry. Perpetuating this "foolish and stupid" custom today in a world where Jews from varied traditions live together in the same communities and neighborhoods is destructive, and in my opinion, carries racist overtones. Jews who have incorporated vegetarianism or veganism into their lives and ethical systems should not allow themselves to be subjected to this "foolish and stupid" custom.

Cf. my abridged summary of the scholarly responsum of the Israeli Masorti movement (which contains links to the original Hebrew source) at The reasons why the epithets "foolish" and "stupid" are applied to the prohibition against eating rice and beans are explained.

3:44 PM  

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