I have had a busy week…. I took another photography course, this time on food and product photography. I also had school on the weekend and my third cooking class on Saturday. My sister was here for a visit and we went to go see Stonehenge.
You could not go up close because it is roped off, but it was still very cool to see!
For my class on Saturday, I made my Corn Chowder, Tahini Biscuits, Caramel Banana Cupcakes, Root Vegetable Fries and this Cashew “Goat Cheese” Log. (By the way all of those recipes are on my blog under “recipes.”)
Does this really taste like cheese? I do not really know… it is salty, creamy, savory and delicious! To be honest, I do not think I have every tasted a vegan cheese that actually tastes “just like cheese.” After one bite, my dad’s exact words were: “Woa, this is good!” Whether or not this cheese tastes actually tastes like cheese, it is good in its own right. I guess you will have to try making it an let me know if you think it tastes like cheese! 😉
- 2 c cashews soaked in water overnight
- 1-2 T light miso (brown rice or chickpea) or salt to taste
- Blend the cashews with just enough soaking liquid to blend. You want it to be as thick as possible.
- Pour the cream into a double lined cheesecloth placed in a strainer over a bowl and cover lightly with plastic wrap. Place in a warm place for 24-48 hours or until desired taste is achieved.
- The cashew cheese should be spongey and smell fragrant ;-). Place cheese onto parchment paper and roll into a log. Fold the parchment paper ends under the log. The cheese may seem too soft at this point, but after it bakes and is refrigerated, it hardens and can be sliced.
- Bake for 1 and 1/2 hour at 200 F.
- Refrigerate until ready to eat.
Baking the cashew cheese at a low temperature gives it a nice crust on the outside.
On another note…
I thought I would expand a bit on my new decision of no longer being a vegan.
I have been vegan for about 8 years, so this was definitely a big decision!
Besides the insatiable hunger I was feeling here is a small list:
- lack of energy
- extreme fatigue after meals
- slow muscle growth
- and a big one… no periods
I have already seen an improvement in a number of those issues. I am so curious to see how my body might respond in other ways. I truly believe in listening to your body and not being afraid to experiment. Although I truly love the idea of “being a vegan,” what is the point if you feel awful? My diet is an evolving experiment and who knows what I may be doing in a year from now!
The truth is, no one “knows” what the best diet is. Everyone has a different idea. Which is why the only thing you can do is experiment and see what makes you feel your best.