Ladies and gents, I have a word for you. This word has been on my mind for the last several weeks, haunting my dreams and weakening me in waking moments. I've been wanting to tell everyone about it, because it's such an amazing thing, and I think everyone should experience the joy it brings. My life is more tolerable, knowing this thing exists, and I think it's perfectly appropriate that I share it with you on Valentine's Day. This one word?
I made vegan - vegan! - gravy a couple of weeks ago, to go with garlic smashed 'tatoes, and it was a heavenly delight. I haven't had gravy in a very long time, so I was thrilled to finally have a recipe I could make over and over and over again. It's one of those things I thought I would just never be able to taste again, now that I'm vegetarian, but it turns out I was very wrong. And I'm so glad I was.
It tastes just like gravy made of animal fat, but with the delight of being critter friendly and much healthier. (It's still gravy though, so drenching food in it is still not a good idea. Unfortunately.) I haven't been this excited about something I made since... well... maybe ever.
But on a serious note: if the one you love has been looking a little down lately, make him gravy. If the moon of your life has been kind of dreary, gravy will perk her up. If you have yet to get a Valentine's gift for anyone - lover, friend, or family - gravy will give them hope that yes, you still love them, and you always will.
(But failing that, bacon's always a good back-up gift.)
Vegan Pepper Gravy
Oil, flour, and water are approximate; adjust to appropriate gravy thickness.
1/4 c olive oil 1 c veggie broth
2 tbsp flour Pepper to taste
3 tbsp warm water
Heat oil on medium-low. Mix water and flour together, careful to create a smooth mixture. Whisk flour mixture into oil. Boil; continue whisking. Add broth slowly. Return to a boil and continue whisking. Add pepper. Boil until mixture foams. Serve hot, to the admiration and applause of all in your life.