This is a very easy basic recipe for those who wish to try a different kind of cheese. You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy vegans delights. Clean and honest food is our birth right, and now is a good time to claim that right back.
Making this creamy-dreamy white, Goats cheese-like, edible magic might be life-changing for you, as it was for many of us. So, let’s play.
I have to say, being a real foodie, my palate missed the taste of cheese when I went fully vegan. You can only imagine my delight when I discovered this edible joy. It tastes just like goats cheese, yet it is made from nuts, and in total alignment with harmony and Universal laws. The little baby goats can have their milk, and we can enjoy our cheese.
Please feel free to replace pili nuts in this recipe with any other kind of nuts that you have at hand (macadamias, cashews, almonds). They all will work as spectacular.
Tools: blender, spatula, cheese cloth or a nut milk bag, large pot, colander (what you use to strain cooked pasta), something heavy to use as a press, and a storage container.
- 1 Cup Pili nuts, soaked* and peeled
- 1 cup of good water
- ½ t Himalayan salt
- 2 probiotic capsules
- herbs of your choice (fresh or dry), garlic, black/red pepper, or cranberries and chopped nuts for coating.
Blend the nuts with water into a smooth creaminess. Add the content of the probiotic capsules and blend one more time.
Place the cheese cloth over the colander and pour the soon-to-be-cheese mixture in. Use the spatula to get the remains out of the blender.
Wrap the cheese cloth around the mixture, turning it into a bag. Squeeze the bag a little and place the press/weight right over it.
NOW. Place it somewhere warm and non-drafty (like the inside of the oven) for about 17 to 24 hours (depending on the climate of the country you are in). I make this in the evening and start checking (tasting) in the morning after 15 hours of maturing process. Once you do this once, you will know the time that works for your location.
Once you feel your cheese is ripe enough, take it out of the cloth, mix it with anything your wild heart desires,** coat in herbs or nuts, and refrigerate for at least a few hours before calling your friends for Gods party.
I made my first vegan cheese in Kuta, Bali, when it was ridiculously hot. It took us 17 hours to get that cheesy taste right. When I made it in Thailand, it was 20 hours of maturing that was just right.
*Pili nuts take only 20 mins to soak, when most of other nuts need a few hours, not more than 7.
**Here are a few of coating suggestions to make your God's cheese absolutely outta-this-world:
-chopped cranberries and thyme (fresh or dry)
-black pepper corns, dill and garlic
-cayenne pepper and poppy seeds
-chopped pistachios or walnuts
-dry dill and red pepper, as pictured above.
Play with your food.
Enjoy! Let me know what you came up with, send some pictures too.
Stay clean, fit and fabulous. You are worth it.