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The 12 Days of Yule – Day 12 – New Year Cheese

Published December 31, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

After all that festive merriment (admit it, you had a sherry, didn’t you?) we all need some probiotics.

Here’s what I do with mine:

New Year Cheese

Ingredients:

2 cups cashew or macadamia nuts, soaked

1 cup finely shredded celery

water to blend

a generous handful of nutritional yeast

4 probiotic capsules (just open them up and drop the powder in.)

lemon juice.

Method

Blend everything together. Use as much water as you need, but try not to get the mixture too runny.

Pour or spoon the mixture into moulds (I use cookie cutters which gives me a selection of fun festive shapes) placed onto a non-stick dehydrator sheet.

Dehydrate until the mixture is firm enough to remove the mould.

Dehydrate some more, until you can remove the non-stick sheet and place the cheese on the mesh.

Dehydrate until you have the consistency you want.

Use like regular cheese. Only this is much better for you.

Happy New Year!

salt and seasoning to taste

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Raw Cashew “Cheese”

Published January 26, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I haven’t eaten actual cheese for decades and don’t miss it at all, but as a vegan I have sometimes enjoyed a dairy-free alternative to cheese. It’s certainly a useful thing to have in the fridge, turning a simple salad into something a bit more interesting and nutritious and providing a great filling for a raw (or even almost-raw) sandwich.

I have adapted a recipe originally shared by Russell James (the Raw Food Chef) here.

Russell’s recipe uses macadamia nuts, which I absolutely adore, but they are a little expensive so, finances being how they are, I used cashews instead.

Here is my version, but I urge you to check out Russell’s (and his other recipes too – they are superb and always work out perfectly!)

Cashew Cheese

Equipment:

Blender/Liquidizer, Sieve, Bowl, Muslin (or Nut Milk Bag), Dehydrator (or fan oven – use fan only,) Ring Mould

Ingredients:

2 cups cashew nuts

1 cup water

2 probiotic capsules

pinch salt

2 teaspoons nutritional yeast (or 1 teaspoon Marmite (yeast extract) if you don’t mind a non-raw condiment!)

Squeeze of lemon juice

Method:

Blend the nuts and water together until you have a smooth paste.

Add the powder from the probiotic capsules and mix in thoroughly.

Pour the mixture into a nut milk bag or a piece of muslin and place in a sieve, over a bowl. Place a plate on the top and a weight to squeeze the excess liquid out. I used a fairly full jar of coconut oil which seemed heavy enough.

Leave at room temperature for 24-48 hours. It’s a good idea to place a cloth over the whole thing so that no dust or unwelcome flying insects get in.

After 24-48 hours, unwrap the mixture and place it into a clean bowl. Add the salt, yeast and lemon juice and stir everything in.

Now pour the mixture into a ring mould. I put mine on top of a non-stick dehydrator sheet (on a DH tray) and placed it in the dehydrator for 24 hours to dry out a little and get a crust. Then I placed it in the fridge, where it lives whilst it is being eaten.

You can just put it straight into the fridge without dehydrating if you are in a hurry or don’t want a crust.

It’s delicious and can be customised with herbs, onion, garlic… the list is limitless!

I think this should last about a week, but ours won’t. Nom nom… =)

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