Bell Pepper Cream Cheeze Dip

Bell Pepper Cream Cheeze Dip
This cream cheeze dip has a wonderful fluffiness; its texture is lighter than cream cheese, but is a bit firmer than a dip. The trick is agar agar. The capsicum - or bell pepper - gives it a fresh flavour that is delightful. Feel free to add more chilli, as when it comes to this sort of hot, I'm a wimp :-D Serve with savoury biscuits or in a sandwich with fresh greens.
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: Dip
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You need
  • 2 cups of soaked raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp of pine nuts
  • 1 small chilli (about 2cm), deseeded and chopped up very finely
  • ½ red capsicum, chopped roughly
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced or finely grated
  • 1⅛ tsp himalayan rock salt
  • ⅛ tsp black salt (kalak namak)
  • 1 tbsp (white) miso
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup rice bran oil
  • 1.5 cups oat milk (or another rather plain non dairy milk)
  • 6 tsp agar agar
To do
  1. blend the soaked cashews and pine nuts in the small bowl of your food processor till nicely mixed and fine
  2. add the capsicum, blend again
  3. then mix in chilli, minced garlic, salt, black salt, miso, nutritional yeast and blend for a few minutes so that it is really well blended and as smooth as possible
  4. meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, add oat milk and oil, and sprinkle agar agar on top
  5. heat and whisk till dissolved
  6. when mixture is getting thick (which happens when it heats up), pour into the nut mixture while the machine is running
  7. as soon as you stop the machine, have plastic containers sitting ready to be filled. This recipe makes about 550ml.
  8. let cool slightly before placing in fridge
  9. let set for 2 hours

 

Tahini Tofu Terrine

Tahini Tofu Terrine
Gently flavoured and with a nice texture almost as Boursin cheese, this is great to have as a nibble, or make a sandwich with it. This recipe makes 2 smaller terrines, so divide in 2 if you only want 1.
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: snack, sandwich filling
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You need
  • 1 block of organic firm tofu (300gr)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp vegetable stock powder
  • ¼ tsp black salt
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced (or more, taste as you go)
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 8 tsp agar agar powder
To do
  1. in your food processor, blend the tofu, yeast, stock powder, salt, tahini and garlic
  2. while blending, pour in oil
  3. taste! At this point you can easily tweak flavours. Add herbs or spices, salt, pepper to taste
  4. pour the milk and water into a small sauce pan, and add agar agar powder
  5. (have your plastic or silicon containers ready for the next step)
  6. heat liquid, and as soon as you see it thicken, add to the tofu mixture to the running machine
  7. blend well and pour in containers
  8. gently drop the containers on your bench top to make the mixture fill them up neatly
  9. place in fridge and give a few hours to solidify nicely, then pop out of mould
Notes
Eat on toast or with crackers, or use in salads.

 

Cultured Macadamia & Cashew Cheese w Fresh Herbs & Black Salt

Cultured Macadamia & Cashew Cheese w Fresh Herbs & Black Salt
This is a delicious cream cheese, and the great thing is, like with all nut cheeses, that you can tweak flavours exactly as you like. In this recipe, the dill and black salt are fantastic together. It's not complicated at all, but you do need to plan it a little bit. If you don't fancy the taste of black salt, then leave it out and replace with Himalyan rock salt.
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: cheese substitute
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  • 1 cup unsalted macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup raw cashew nuts
  • contents of 3 probiotic capsules
  • ¾ cup filtered water
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
  • 8 leaves mint, chopped finely
  • 1.5 cloves of garlic (rather small)
  • ¾ tsp black salt
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • dried dill and dukkah to roll onto the cheese (I used a sweetish dukkah with rose leaves), or use toasted sesame seeds with any spices you like
To do
  1. soak the nuts overnight
  2. rinse and put them in the blender with the probiotics and water
  3. run till completely smooth
  4. line a sieve with a double cheese cloth, scrape the mixture onto the cloth, fold cloth over the top
  5. place sieve on top of a bowl, and place a weight on top of the cheese as to press the fluids out. (I used first a flat lid, and put a pan with water on top)
  6. when time passes and leaking has stopped, increase weight
  7. let sit for 36 up to 48 hours
  8. then, put the cheese in a bowl and add all other ingredients, or any flavours you like
  9. line a mould or container or bowl with plastic, and press cheese in mould
  10. transfer to fridge for a day to set (overnight is easy)
  11. then roll through the dried herbs & dukkah