Posts Tagged ‘sheese’

Success!

September 7, 2009

I like my monday timetable, because last two lessons I have DT Food Technology, which does involve cooking, and at GCSE, we get a pretty free scope on what we cook. Our assessment task is, ‘nutritionalists are concerned people are not eating enough fruits and vegetables’. We researched this, found our ‘target market’, designed questionaires then evaluated them, and from that had to choose 6 dishes to cook. Obviously including fruits or vegetables. We had to find 6 recipes and adapt them to suit our specification. It’s a lot of hard work, and there’s a lot of work that went into the research and the questionaires ect! And then after each dish there’s a ton more work, nutritional analyis, practical evaluation, product evaluation, price analysis ect.

I’ve already made Chestnut Cottage Pie and Butternut Squash Tart/Quiche thingy, and while the cottage pie didn’t quite work out, the tart was really yummy, actually, I blogged about it already.

Today I made cauliflower cheese. I’ve made vegan cauliflower cheese in the past but, this one was the best success. Usually I just use nutritional yeast in the sauce, but today I used some strong cheddar Sheese too. The cheddar sheese smells so much like normal cheese, and eaten plain it has a real cheese taste. I don’t get why some vegans have said it’s disgusting and too sweet! And I used oatmilk in it this time. I’ve never used it before, but I always found that soya milk forms a skin when left to cool, so I tried oatmilk. No skin! It also tastes really good! I’m going to try it on cereal tomorrow, and also some hot chocolate. Good stuff! I wish it was cheaper than soymilk, otherwise I’d drink it instead!

Anyway, here’s the end result, there’s some leek in there too:

cauliflower sheeseYum yum yum. Made too much for one though, so it was a bit too filling, that said, I did give some to my sister before dishing up, so it’s not so bad! My recipe makes enough for 2 people, really.

  • 3/4 small to medium cauliflower
  • 200ml oatmilk
  • 2 teaspoons corn flour
  • 1 dessert spoon n, chopped into ring, then the rings pushed apart
  • 1/5 block of strong cheddar style sheese, about 50g, grated (Or some other good flavoured vegan cheese, the stronger the flavour the better)

First of all, in a blender add the oatmilk and grated sheese and blend till the sheese is well mixed in. Cook the cauliflower, however you usually cook it. I did mine in the microwave untill semi soft, but with a bit of bite left to it. Fry the leek untill well done, then take off the heat and add the oatmilk and sheese mix. Mix the cornflour with about 50ml water till dissolved, and add to the pan with the leek and oatmilk. Gently bring to the boil, stirring constantly, when it’s thickened turn the heat off, but leave the pan on the hot hob, mix in the nutritional yeast, some salt and pepper if desired then the cauliflour. Mix it all together and voila, cauliflower sheese!

One more day

September 1, 2009

There is only one more day after tonight left of the holiday. It’s dragged so much, but looking back it has gone oh so quickly. I’m not ready to go back! Not least because I’ll have music. One of my biggest mistakes was to choose that as an GCSE option. Not only is the listening so hard even the best musicians in the class struggle, attempting to do the practicals on the drums is a step in the really too hard direction. I regret my choice so much, that I’d be happy with a C in music, but in all my other subjects, I am hoping for at least an A (Gosh, I sound like a nerd, some people I know would kill me for saying that!).

I’ve also come to the conclusion that I hate the school I go to. I hate the people, and even the people I thought were friends proved not to be such great people. Also, I never really ‘gelled’ with my high school. I almost had a chance to change schools 2 years ago, and I changed my mind, thought I’d be better off where I am. If it wasn’t for the fact changing schools would mess up my GCSE’s, I’d get out of this school right now. Oh well, one more year, then I can bugger off to the school I want to go to for 6th form. I shan’t be sad to leave in the slightest.

Today was my once every 5 weeks or so trip to Poppy’s Pantry. I picked up some new items which I can’t wait to try! I got some smoked tofu, which was reduced because it passes its best before tomorrow (I got 2 packs though, since you can freeze it), which shall be going in a stir fry tomorrow, methinks. I also got some more vegan cheese, after the success I had with the Blue Sheese. This time I got Strong Chedder Sheese for when I do cooking at school, I’m putting it in a cauliflower cheese. I also got some melting cheese, ‘Vegerella’ by Biddy Merkins. I’m gonna put this stuff on a pizza! (I types in ‘vegerella’ on google to see if any one else had reviewed it, and someone said that the name vegerella sounds like some nasty STD. Well, made me smile any way.)

Blue Sheese

August 4, 2009

The beach sure was windy today! We decided to drive up to Sizewell and take a walk along the beach today. It was a little warm, but the wind was roaring in my ears somewhat. Although there is nothing at Sizewell apart from the beach and a small cafe (at least for us), I do like like going because I like to see the Nuclear power plant. It just alures me, and you can get quite close to it before you come to the fence. It’s something so potentually dangerous but is seen as the future of England, there’s so much debate about nuclear. I kinda just sit on the fence. It’s also such an immense site, it’s so big and the noises you hear from it make it interetsing too. Maybe I’m just weird.

Remember a while ago, I mentioned that I got some Blue Sheese? Well, I’m finally going to tell you my experience with it.

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Upon opening the packet the first thing I was interested in was the smell. Blue cheese was always smelly, and I was met by the same, famillier smell that I remember. Even my mother aggreed that it smelt realistic. It comes in a round block and is very firm, so is suitable for grating and such, unlike dairy blue cheese. It was actually a little difficult to cut, it was so firm!

blue sheeseIt didn’t look like blue cheese at all, but then, I shouldn’t really have expected it too, it is only ‘Blue Style Sheese’. As for taste, well, on its own, it tastes a bit dull, but it is creamy and the blue cheese flavour is definatly there. The first thing I decided to do with it was grate some into a sweet potato and mash it in a little. It was so yummy! made a change from boring old plain oven baked sweet potato.

SN850998 My next endeaver with the Blue Sheese was a pizza, which came out so perfect! I thought by putting the sheese on for only the last 5 minutes of cooking would be good, but even that proved too much, and the sheese dried out a bit too much – no taste impairment though. I’m going to make the pizza again tomorrow, it was so good! I was in heaven for a little while there.

The sheese also rescued my mushroom soup. Originally my soup tasted like it was lacking something, and I thought maybe it needed some soya cream or something to pick it up. But, Blue sheese did the trick! Taking inspiration from Bute Island’s recipe page (these are the guys who make Sheese), I decided I’d try putting some in a portion of my soup. I put a serving of the soup, and grated about 30g of the Sheese into the magic bullet and whizzed it toget, then poured it into a mug and heated. It came out so great! It tasted rich and creamy, like I wanted! Although I think next time I will only add 20g, as it was a little too rich. But that’s my answer to all things soup, add some sheese to it. I’m thinking the chaddar style will be more suitable for most soups, but I’ve never tried that one so can’t vouch for it.