I LOVE cheese. I really do, or did. But these days I choose not to eat it as, well, I can’t be sure it didn’t come from a hormone filled, stressed out, bred out of it’s natural environment, off it’s udders on antibiotics cow. I’m not going to go on about it but if you want to read what’s so wrong with cheese, see this. So I make my own. It really does taste just like cheese. AND my dad likes it which must mean that it’s good as he is the fussiest man alive.
It’s actually quite amusing as everyday I make something new, I offer it (read: force feed) to my friends and family. At first they screw up their noses which as it touches their tongue then turns into an eyebrow raise, a nod of the head and a smile which means, “Actually, it’s alright!”
So how do you make homemade cheese? NUTS! Nuts nuts and more nuts and few other things but mainly, you got it, nuts.
I just whipped up some red leicester-looking soft cheese which has quite a smoky taste in all of 3 minutes.
- 1/2 cup cashew nuts
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup red sweet romano pepper (or red bell pepper)
- 1/2 lemon, peeled
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon tamari or nama shoyu
Blend in a Vitamix or food processor and use as a dip, cheese spread for a pizza base, crackers or anything else you fancy! (Depending on the food processor you use, you might find it comes out slightly chunkier as the Vitamix is the only machine I know of that is able to make nuts into a creamy texture)