However, true creativity can come from limitations. "John, the broccoli just won't fit anywhere...really." This is when you pull out some odds and ends and get creative. A couple containers of olives may not seem to take up much room until you open the fridge and a bottle of PBR falls out on your toes. And the great thing about tapenades is that you don't need a recipe. All you really need is olives and some various other culinary accoutrements. No need for heat--slap it in the food processor. Season, as always, to taste.
--olives, about a cup, preferably pitted, but, if not, smash with a meat tenderizer or under the broad side of a knife (I used picholines and cured olives)
--3 cloves garlic
--1 T. capers
--juice of 1 lime (or 1 T. lemon juice)
--a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil, to reach desired consistency
Combine all ingredients in food processor and pulse until a paste is formed. Voila--a non-dairy bagel topping. Easy peasy.
**Note: I also considered using some sort of booze to add flavor to this, and then realized that I had none. Don't let this stop you from trying it. I also thought of red wine vinegar or champagne vinegar. I would imagine that countless herbs and spices would work here too.