Squash is one of my favorite fall foods, and I love to pair its deep, sweet flavors with some of my favorite spicier oolongs, such as Rou Gui, Oriental Beauty, or a nice, malty, peppery black like Yunnan Goldtips.

Below are a couple of my favorite vegan recipes for pairing with these teas in the fall.  Hope you enjoy them!

Pumpkin-Rye Bread with Sherry Plumped Raisins

Ingredients:
3 tbs ground flaxseed
1/2 cup water
1/2-1 cup brown or turbinado sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup canola oil
2 cups fresh pumpkin puree
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1-1/2 cups dark rye
1 tsp each cinnamon, fresh nutmeg, and ground ginger
dash of cloves & white pepper
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup dark raisins, plumped in hot sherry (we used Pedro Ximenez)
Sprinkles of oats and turbinado sugar for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together the flaxseed and water until thickened.

Combine the flax mixture in a large bowl with sugar, applesauce, oil, and pumpkin.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.  Fold in the drained raisins.  Lightly grease loaf pans.  Divide into two regular 8-inch loaf pans or four mini loaf pans.  If you’d like, sprinkle on some oats or turbinado to decorate the loaves.  Bake the large loaves for about 55 minutes and the smaller loaves for about 40 minutes.  Let sit for 20 minutes before removing from the pan.

Warm Rutabaga + Buttercup Squash Kamut Salad

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups kamut, cooked
3-4 large shallots, diced finely
2 garlic cloves, diced finely or pressed
1 cup diced rutabaga
1 cup diced buttercup squash (also known as kabocha)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 tsp garam masala, or to taste
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp fresh ground coriander
salt and black pepper to taste

Cook the kamut and set aside.  Lightly saute the shallots, rutabaga, squash, raisins, and spices in olive oil until the veggies are slightly soft (rutabaga is better if it still is crisp-tender).  Add garlic and continue to saute 1 minute.  Set aside to cool slightly.  Gently stir the kamut and veggie mixture together.  Add dressing (see below) and season to taste.

*Note: This salad is also good with shredded radicchio and walnut oil.  Experiment!

Dressing

1/4 cup cider vinegar
1-2 tbs maple syrup
1-1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp garam masala, toasted
1 tsp fresh ground coriander, toasted
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil

Whisk everything except olive oil together.  Slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking.  Season and adjust taste.

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