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Vegan Triple Cream Brie

Vegan Triple Cream Brie

Gosh, I love cheese. How can you not? I especially like the soft and creamy kind… like Brie, my favourite cheese ever. And so it makes sense to veganise it, doesn’t it? I honestly believe this Vegan Triple Cream Brie is the closest thing to Brie I’ve made in a long time.

Vegan Triple Cream Brie

For a couple of years now I’ve been experimenting with nut cheeses. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. When they work, I get so excited that the whole thing is gone before I have the chance to photograph it (hence the lack of vegan cheese blogposts). But when they’ve failed, however, it knocks me down for months…. such as that time I tried to make hazelnut cheese. It was a massive fail. The problem with nut cheese is that the ingredients are expensive. Hazelnut is close to $30 a kilo and raw cashew is about $35 a kilo.

Vegan Triple Cream Brie

But lately I’ve been having more luck in the cheese department. And this vegan double cream Brie was a success in one go. I’ve since made it a few times and have been able to consistently reproduce it.

Vegan Triple Cream Brie

This recipe was inspired by Julie Piatt’s ‘This Cheese is Nuts’ cookbook. I’ve modified the ingredients to simplify the process a little. I definitely recommend you check out the book if you want to explore the world of nut cheeses. Unlike the other non-dairy cheese books I own, it has the least amount of ingredients, so you won’t have too much trouble sourcing most of them.

Vegan Triple Cream Brie

Vegan Triple Cream Brie
 
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Creamy and delicious vegan brie
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Recipe type: Sides
Serves: 2 rounds
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 1 probiotic acidophilus capsule
  • 400ml (13.5 ounce) can coconut of milk
  • ¼ cup unrefined coconut oil, plus extra for greasing the mould
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • You will also need 2 mini spring-form round pans (11cm diameter)
Method
The night before:
  1. Place cashews in 3 cups of filtered water. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Place the can of coconut cream in the refrigerator overnight.
On the day:
  1. Oil the pans with coconut oil (you can also use coconut oil spray).
  2. Rinse and drain the cashews. Transfer to your power blender (I use my beloved Vitamix). Add coconut oil, lemon juice, sea salt and the contents of the probiotic.
  3. Open the can of coconut cream and scoop out the solid cream at the top of the coconut milk. Take ¼ cup of the remaining coconut milk in the can. Transfer the coconut cream and coconut milk into the Vitamix.
  4. Blend on medium speed, using the plunger to distribute the mixture evenly until smooth.
  5. Transfer the mixture into the spring-form round pans. Cover with baking paper cut to fit the pans.
  6. Dehydrate for 24 hours at 35C. You can do this in the oven if your oven can be set to lower temperature, otherwise leave in the oven with the headlight on for 24 hours.
  7. Carefully remove the cheese from the mold using a sharp knife to release the edges. Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a day before serving. You can also age the cheese by placing them in a wine fridge for 1 to 3 weeks. Rub fine sea salt over your cheese every few days or so to prevent mold growth.

I recommend eating the brie on crackers or sliced cucumbers. It’s so good that sometimes I just eat it on its own.

P.S. If you make this, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or find me on Instagram and share your creation. Don’t forget to tag me @passionatelykeren so I won’t miss your post.

Keren x


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Steamed Broccolini with Japanese Sesame Ginger Dressing

I thought I’d share with you a really easy dressing which you can use to make your greens taste wonderful.

I was inspired to share this recipe after a recent visit to a lovely Japanese restaurant. They served it cold and it was delish!  I personally like my veggies warm (especially in winter) so I made a warm version and also added some ginger. It took only 10 minutes to prepare (even shorter if you steam the veggies in the microwave).

By the way, I just finished watching What The Health on Netflix. Such an eye-opening! I highly recommend this movie if you need some encouragement to eat more veggies.

I use broccolini in this one but you can use any greens you like. You can also double or triple the batch for the sauce for bigger servings of veggies.

Steamed Broccolini with Japanese Sesame Ginger Dressing
 
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Delicious broccolini with a super simple dressing
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Recipe type: Sides
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of broccolini
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp shaved or grated fresh ginger
Method
  1. Steam broccoli in a steamer for 7-10 minutes until cooked and the colour changed to bright green.
  2. Lightly toast sesame seeds on a small nonstick pan under medium heat for a few minutes until they just turn golden brown and fragrant. Careful not to overcook them.
  3. Mix sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger (if using).
  4. Drizzle the sauce over steaming hot broccoli and sprinkle with some sesame seeds. Serve.

Hope you like the recipe!

If you make this, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or find me on Instagram and share your creation. Don’t forget to tag me @passionatelykeren so I won’t miss your post.

Keren x

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Miyoko Schinner’s Glorious Butterless Butter

You guys, this post is long overdue. My number one favourite recipe from Miyoko Schinner’s Homemade Vegan Pantry.

It’s an amazing book and I’ve made a few things from it, but this recipe, Glorious Butterless Butter, has changed my life! It’s surprisingly easy to make once you get your hands on lecithin granules (I found mine at my local IGA), and it’s definitely a game changer for me in the kitchen. I’ve made countless baked goods with it and have slathered it on many pieces of toasts and muffins. It is very, very good.

I highly recommend using soy milk and refined coconut oil for the best result. Here’s the recipe and the video. If you want to take your vegan cooking to the next level, I highly recommend you getting the book. It is incredible.

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Recipe type: Sides
Ingredients
  • 11/2 cup of refined coconut oil*
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • ¼ cup canola oil (or grapeseed oil)
  • 3 of lecithin granules
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
Method
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Process at medium speed for about 1 minute until mixture is thick.
  3. Pour into a silicone mould tray.
  4. Let set in the refrigerator for a few hours until hard
  5. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month or longer in the freezer.
Notes
* Normal coconut oil will impart a coconut flavour so best to use refined coconut oil.

If you make this, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or find me on Instagram and share your creation. Don’t forget to tag me @passionatelykeren so I won’t miss your post.

Keren x

 

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Watermelon Rind Pickles

I always look for ways to reduce waste. I’m not a level 5 environmentalist and I still use plastic but I do try my best not to throw things out unless I really need to. Especially food. I hate throwing food away.

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If you usually throw away watermelon rind (the white part of watermelon just underneath the skin) like I previously did, you’re missing out on some serious nutrition and cancer fighting phytochemicals. It’s probably the healthiest part of the fruit and we’re not eating it. In all fairness though, it does taste rather bland and is not as exciting as the sweet, refreshing, red part of the fruit. But what if I tell you that you can turn it into delicious tasting watermelon rind pickles? Would you try it?

Of course you would! You should. It’s amazing!

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They’re simple, very easy to make and taste delicious. They have a lovely spicy aroma from the cloves and the star anise, and the pickling juice makes the rinds super nice and crunchy.

These are inspired by one of my food heroes, Alton Brown. They’re quick, they don’t need a lot of ingredients and you’ll never have to throw away watermelon rind ever again.

Watermelon Rind Pickles

 

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A delicious way to use up those watermelon rind
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Recipe type: Sides
Serves: 2 jars
Ingredients
  • Rind from half watermelon, approximately 500 grams
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar *
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 star anise pod
Method
  1. Scoop out melon leaving about ¼-1/2 inch of red flesh.
  2. Peel off outer green with vegetable peeler and then cut into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Bring the apple cider vinegar, water, sugar, salt and spices to a boil over medium-high heat in a saucepan.
  4. Add the watermelon. Return to a boil and turn off the heat. Remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Transfer hot pickles to a quart jar carefully using a ladle. Pour on as much of the pickling juice as possible. Cover the jar and leave at room temperature until cool.
  6. Refrigerate overnight before serving. Great on salads or as a side to grilled dishes.
  7. Keep in the refrigerator and consume within a month.
Notes
You can replace sugar with your favourite sweetener such as stevia, xylitol, agave nectar or maple syrup. I use Natvia because it tastes more like real sugar.

 

Did you make this recipe?

Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and/or share a picture on Instagram and tag me in the post.

Keren x

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