Broccoli Olive and Corn Salsa Recipe

I'm just mixing up cultures as I see fit. All cuisines, from all over the world, have the human palate in common. They can blend in some amazing ways. 
This has a really fresh and clean flavor. It's light, but filling. Ideal for the end of summer. It just needs a little bread or rice to go with it. 

Make sure when you serve it to coat the bread or rice with some of that scrumptious sauce!
Salsa Recipe Ingredients
2 broccoli crowns, chopped small
1 can small black olives, halved
2/3 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 shallots, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 poblano, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tlbs olive oil
1 tbl hot sauce
2 tsps spicy mustard
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps dry thyme

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Let rest overnight. 

The broccoli cooks in the acid and the frozen ingredients thaw without losing their color or flavor.


Creamy Tofu Pesto

Since I was totally in love with the cilantro aioli that I had made previously, I decided to try a tofu pesto.

Instead of nuts I went with a toasted whole wheat bread for the nutty aspect and used a little nooch for a bit of cheesy essence.

It turned out with a creamy texture and a very clean flavor. With just a handful of ingredients, each one was really able to shine. The tofu simply provided that creamy mouth feel and filling protein. It's totally vegan.

Ingredients
6 ounces silken firm tofu
2 bunches fresh basil, leaves only
1/4 cup white wine
3 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno pepper
1 small piece whole wheat toast
2 tsps nutritional yeast
2 tbls vegetable shortening
1 tbl olive oil
2 tsps each, salt and pepper

I cooked half the basil and all the garlic and wine in a small pot with the shortening still on a metal spoon. After a few minutes, as the pot heated and the shortening softened I stirred the basil and garlic to coat it in the fat. Just barely wilting the basil. The other bunch of basil I used raw.

It's important to toast the wheat bread to bring out that nutty quality.

Add all ingredients to food processor and puree until smooth.

Mix into warm linguine.