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homemade vegan cheese

Saturday, September 06, 2014

i have been looking for healthy alternatives for snack food for my kids and came across this recipe for a vegan cheese dip
minimaleats.com/vegan-cheese/

now i can´t say if this is the best vegan cheese as it says in the recipe as to be honest i have never eaten a vegan cheese so i have no comparisment. to be honest i was a bit disappointed as to me it didn´t taste like the cheese i know and love.as most of my spark friends will know cheese,is my downfall,my kryptonite,my trigger whatever you like to call it.i love cheese and had hoped to find a healthier alternative .that doesn´t mean it wasn´t tasty it was just differant than i thought.first if you look at the cheese in the link it was a deep yellow and runny mine looked like this

in the food processor i even doubled the amount of lemon juice and water given in the recipe.in total it made a small jar and the bit in this bowl


even though it wasn´t as thin as the one in the link i kind of liked the texture and consistancy as it was similar to a humus.i find with the amount of seasoning they gave that it was a bit bland for my taste and i knew my kids wouldn´t eat it like that but by adding more garlic and cayanne pepper it was ok.i tried to figure out why mine was so thick compared to theirs when i had doubled the liquid.the only reason i could think of if the nutrition yeast i used as both i and the shop assistant in the reform house weren´t certain if we had the right stuff but reading the nutritiant value on the packet we came to the conclusion it was the same.here is the german equivulant i brought

if any of you know any differant let us know as i like experimenting.guess at some point i am going to have to try a vegan cheese from the shop to see if this recipe is really for the best vegan cheese or not.if it is i am sorry it would never take the place of normal cheese for me but as an occasional alternative will go.well mickey hope this helps love as i know you wanted feedback from this recipe.it tasted nice with tortilla chips and with blanched bobby beans but i didn´t like it much with carrots.weather that is because carrots was in the recipe or not i couldn´t say but don´t forget we all have differant taste so you might like it with carrots.

anyway thanks as usual for reading my blog and a double thanks if you reply.take care and keep smiling

  
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DS9KIE 9/11/2014 12:01AM

    I have yet to find a vegan cheese that taste just like cheese

well I'm glad the cheese sauce did turn out good

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SAMZA83 9/7/2014 4:03PM

    Hiya Karen, I must say as someone who has been vegetarian for 15 years and Vegan for 3 months (haha a whole three..) Vegan cheese scares me because I know and love the real deal! ...That being said even if you were disappointed you get major credit for at least trying something I as a vegan, with many a vegan cookbook cannot do yet! I have seen Vegan cheeses in places like Reformhaus if you still want to give them a go...just have your Euros ready!

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KOLA619 9/7/2014 7:50AM

    Thanks for sharing!!! I love cheese, too. I tried the store-bought. It wasn't too good.
I have made a lasagna-like recipe where the cheese was very similar to mozzarella. I'll post it in the group.

And thanks for the pics, too. I take pics, but never get around to posting a blog. I wish you could put pics in when you post..... Oh well.

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SWEDE_SU 9/7/2014 7:28AM

    thank you for sharing - although i had "given up" cheese for several years after going vegan, i found that it is also my trigger food when jumping off the wagon. that recipe looks like "queso" - a drippy cheese that you put on chips. i'd like to give it a try too!

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2014TODAY 9/7/2014 4:09AM

    THANK YOU for sharing your experiences! I want to try the recipe but I don't know what 'nutritional yeast' is either - 'Hefeflocken' - I might be able to find that as I live close to Germany! emoticon emoticon

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MICKEYH 9/6/2014 10:41PM

    Looks great! And you did it! Sorry that you feel bit disappointed in taste. You think the key is the nutritional yeast? Taste may bit off for you but for sure it is good for you and your whole family member.
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MILLISMA 9/6/2014 10:18PM

    I've always like to try experimenting with a new recipe and I also LOVE cheese!!! Maybe I should give this a try. Thanks for telling as about it and what you did.

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 9/6/2014 9:47PM

    Good for you! I keep wanting to experiment with making things like that; but I'm afraid I will end up wasting the ingredients if it doesn't come out good!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/6/2014 9:29PM

    Good for you for experimenting!

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CIPHER1971 9/6/2014 3:23PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, from that I don't think I will be rushing out to try it.

Have a great day

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BOOKLADY36S 9/6/2014 2:57PM

    That's neat!

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MNDEBBIE1 9/6/2014 1:43PM

    I have never tried making homemade cheese. proud of you for trying something new. You are my inspiration

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INSPIREDSOUL 9/6/2014 12:20PM

    I love homemade vegan cheeses. emoticon

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totally awesome mindblowing video,i just had to share.

Monday, September 01, 2014

i think this is just totally awesome and it makes you realise that with a bit of deadication and hard work what a body is capable of.totally amazing.if you like the video as much as i did please click the like button so that hopefully it can be shared to other spark members.once again thank you for taking the time to read my blog and a double thankyou if you take the time to reply.
www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?email
id=11896&memberid=874628

  
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RDEE22 9/2/2014 9:34AM

    Fantastic. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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CIPHER1971 9/2/2014 5:06AM

    Thanks for sharing

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MILLISMA 9/1/2014 9:27PM

    All I can say is WOW!!!! That is AMAZING!

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DS9KIE 9/1/2014 8:39PM

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1CRAZYDOG 9/1/2014 5:25PM

    Wow! Had to watch it several times to take it all in! Thanks for sharing.

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MICKEYH 9/1/2014 5:03PM

    emoticon amazing!! I think only Chinese people can do it. Thanks for sharing.

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MUSIC66 9/1/2014 4:45PM

    Awesome

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MCFITZ2 9/1/2014 2:44PM

    Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing the link.

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for CTUPTON food blog with photos(lots)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

this blog is for my spark friend chris better known as CTUPTON.she inspired me to do another food blog as it has been a while since i did one.to be honest with being alone at the moment though i have been cooking myself i have been doing very basic and simple food that can been made into differant meals just by a view touches here and there.the meatsauce i used in my midday meal was a left over from my chilli con carne and before i had changed the sauce to chilli con carne by adding kidney beans and chilli pepppers to my basic ground meat sauce it was used to make a cottage pie using a topping of 1/3 potatoe,1/3 kohlrabbi,1/3 carrots mashed together put on top the sauce with a sprinkle of low fat cheese and seasame seeds then heated in the oven till the cheese topping has melted and started to brown.

i love ground meat sauce as from a basic sauce you can make various other things just by adding a bit here and there.e.g.cottage pie,bolonaise sauce,chilli sauce,curry sauce,meat sauce for rice,topping for baked potatoe,meat pie/pasty,stew/soup,tacos filling,samoses etc,etc.

well today i made some flat bread
flour
pinch of salt
teaspoon of baking powder
natural yougurt

mix all together till it forms a ball.cover with clingfilm for half an hour then form into small balls


then roll the small balls out too a small pattie

once rolled out putin a plastic bag so it doesn´t dry out while you roll the others(this is for those who are not used to rolling out as to do it while cooking the bread it has to be done very quickly)

once done heat a griddle pan or normal none stick frying pan when you have no griddle pan

then take one of the rolled pattie using your clean finger tip,dip it in some olive oil if making bread but if using the bread to make samosas or fried patties or brick use a plant oil that you would cook them in.as i said just dip the tip of your finger in the oil(too much oil and the two bread patties wont roll at the same time and would slip away from one another.so cover the bottom pattie with the oil put another pattie on top and then roll them together(i only do this with two pattied but in lands like samalia etc they do 4 to 5 together.)so roll the two patties together till they are as thin as you canroll them

if you look closely at the photo you will see that there is a line where the one pattie finishes which is on top of the other pattie.this side you put down on the hot griddle first.it takes between 1-2 minutes when it is lightly brown in places turn over it will then look like this

if you look closely you will see the seperating line between the two patties.useing a fork gentla seperate the two patties then cook the uncooked side of the two.about 1 minute.put in a table/dish cloth to stop the bread going hard and to let the steam out so it doesn´t go soggy.here is the finished product.


this bread as i said earlier can be used to make samosas,brick,fried patties,wrapps,tacos.you could also cut them in wedges to bake in the oven to make like pitta crisps with them.you can alter the taste of the bread by adding various spices,thyme,sage,garlic,curry etc.you can add tomatoe mark or purried spinach with the yogurt to add an interesting colour and taste.this is how i served mine.


using my left over chilli concarne i added sliced advacardo and cottagecheese with chopped up chives in it.normally i would also serve a salad but as i plan to do a nice veggitable stir fry tonight(mung beans were on special offer in the local supermarket yesturday)i thought it was ok to skip the salad after all in my chilli con carne were mushroom,onions and kidney beans as well as tomatoes and garlic.

here is an added bonus zakariya took the photo this is what ayman wore to eid last month.zakariya and ayyub are at the age where they didn´t want thier photo taken.


so thanks once again chris for inspiring me and hope you all enjoyed this blog.thanks you all for taking time to read this blog and a double thank you for taking the time to reply.take care and keep smiling.

  
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RDEE22 9/1/2014 9:22AM

    Great Blog Karen. Love the Flatbread and will try it. Thanks for sharing!


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SAASHA17 9/1/2014 8:38AM

    Hi Karen

Lovely food blog..yum....

Take care

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DS9KIE 8/31/2014 8:51PM

    emoticon cooking

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 8/31/2014 9:24AM

    Beautiful!

The food and Ayman.

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.`•.¸.•´ ♥ Spread the SPARK!!! *`*•.¸¸.•♥
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MILLISMA 8/30/2014 8:53PM

    Karen, that looks so good....the bread and what you put on it!!! emoticon The pictures really help to know what it should look like.

Can't believe how grown up Ayman looks. What a handsome young man!!!

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MICKEYH 8/30/2014 1:00PM

    Wha-oh! The bread looks amazing!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/30/2014 12:28PM

    Awesome recipe. And your son is totally handsome looking!!!!!

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 8/30/2014 11:04AM

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CIPHER1971 8/30/2014 10:16AM

    mmmm great looking food, I make a variation on naan / pita breads.

Ayman looks very smart

I hope you are recovering well.

Have a great weekend


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just had to share this poster

Thursday, August 28, 2014




take care and keep smiling

  
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RDEE22 8/29/2014 7:50AM

    Love it! emoticon

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MCJOYFUL 8/28/2014 9:55PM

    Now, that just makes me smile! emoticon

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MILLISMA 8/28/2014 9:54PM

    Love the poster and totally agree with the saying. Share a smile.....it can be contagious!!! emoticon

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MICKEYH 8/28/2014 8:42PM

    emoticon like you always said " keep smiling! " emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/28/2014 8:07AM

    Wonderful! Hope this finds you feeling better! HUGS

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TASNIM2014 8/28/2014 7:48AM

    True!
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SAASHA17 8/28/2014 7:08AM

    Take care Karen..hope ur feeling better..HUGS!!!

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sparkfriends

Saturday, August 09, 2014



this poster is one of the main posters on my spark page but today i want to highlight it in this blog to all my spark friends as a thank you for all the support you have given me over the years especially now when i have been letting the pain get to me.tomorrow will write a more detailed blog after lotfi and the boys have got off to tunisia but for now i wanted you all my spark friends to know how much i appreciate you all and how you all give me srength to continue on this our healthy lifestyle journey. emoticon take care and keep smiling emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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GODZDESIGN95 8/13/2014 1:53PM

    well said!

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BRENDAF761 8/10/2014 8:00AM

    Thanks for sharing! Take care and wishing you good health! emoticon emoticon

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CIPHER1971 8/10/2014 6:12AM

    Concentrate on getting well.

Have a great day

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ALLYALLYT 8/10/2014 12:55AM

    Spark friends are the BEST! Have a wonderful weekend my friend. Hope you are feeling much better, Ally emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 8/9/2014 11:22PM

    Hello Love.
Hope you are feeling better today .. Glad Lotfi and your boys were able to go to Tunisia ...
Now it is time for you to get better and be able to rest ...
Thinking of you my special friend .. Much Love Susie ... emoticon emoticon

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MUSIC66 8/9/2014 11:05PM

    Wish I lived closer I could help u and look after u

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MILLISMA 8/9/2014 11:03PM

    Wish I could come and give you a big hug. Also, don't forget all the support you have given all of us through the years! That's what spark friends do. Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. emoticon

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KAYTIE22 8/9/2014 10:44PM

    emoticon You are always an inspiration to me and I wish you and your family the best.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/9/2014 8:38PM

    Wishing your DH and son a safe travel.

HUGS

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 8/9/2014 8:23PM

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POCKETFULOFSUN 8/9/2014 7:11PM

    Sweet. emoticon

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 8/9/2014 7:06PM

    Very Nice! Thank you for sharing.
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