Thursday, April 25, 2013

Smoky Mountain Cheez


The one thing that I miss the most while fasting from animal products during Great Lent is cheese. Not a day goes by where I don't want to come home after a day's work and gnaw on a provocative hunk of cheddar. But, the good thing about Great Lent is that it challenges me to do things I normally wouldn't - in this case, making vegan cheese or cheez. Like a lot of food bloggers, I am not big into following recipes, usually just inspired by them. One exception is the Vegan Diner cookbook by Julie Hasson. I've actually made/followed three of her recipes so far with this cheez being the third. I am forever a fan! I don't even own this cookbook - my husband picked it out at the library for me and I copied some recipes before returning it, but it's very worthy of permanent bookshelf space and I'm creeping amazon for a used version.



This cheese grew on my exponentially. The first taste there was a little funkytown going on, but by the 5th day it was all I wanted! I didn't use an ultra smoky paprika, but I will make the extra effort for the next time. Also, find agar powder at an Asian food store. I totally got punk'd by the $8 agar flakes from Whole Foods and I hope this does not happen to you. 


This recipe pretty much sums up the Vegan Diner's originals. Get after that cheez!



7 comments:

Katerina said...

Fasting is a challenge indeed and this is one of its purposes I think. You found the perfect way to substitute for cheese!

Sippity Sup said...

All cheese should have a little 'funkytown' to it! GREG

Banana Wonder said...

Katerina - For sure and I enjoy the challenge. Thank you!

Greg - Haha yes they all need to be taken to that place.

tasteofbeirut said...

I like your little funkytown going on expression! funny, never could get into soy or soy cheese so maybe this would be the exception!

Banana Wonder said...

Tasteofbeirut - Haha thanks! I was inspired by the series, Parenthood. And yes, hope this is your exception!

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