Is something organic if it is shipped across the country? What about the fuel that is used and how that affects our environment, not to mention the freshness of the food and a myriad of other factors. Over the last few years i have been reading everything i can get my hands on to help me answer these and other questions so sit back, relax and explore where my quest has taken me thus far.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Almonds, Almonds Everywhere

So the cooking bug bit me today, it happens to be very hot and humid right now so i have been making food that does not require the use of my stove or oven. Last summer i had a stint of being vegan, just as an experiment, and no i could not be a lifer but i did learn a ton about other types of food and food combinations which i still use in my cooking today. One day my fiance and i went to a little vegan restaurant in Manhattan, they had this great "cheese" there that was actually made from nuts, i kid you not, it had great texture and flavor if i had not read the menu myself i would not have believed that it was not real cheese. I decided to try to make it today, currently it reminds me of something closer to almond butter, but it needs to sit and "ferment" for 8 or so hours so we shall see how this turns out.

Speaking of almond butter, i also made that today, it turned out great! i was really happy with it and so was my trusty taster. I started with a recipe from a cookbook written by someone called "The Hippy Gourmet" he's awesome, check him out on You Tube. In addition to his recipe i added a kiss of honey to make it just slightly sweet. It's great and thick yet spreadable. I use local honey in a lot of my cooking, it has great and healing properties, if you have allergies to pollens and plants try eating honey that was harvested in your area it is supposed to help with those types of allergies, and if it does not it is still yummy and not a chemical you are dumping into your body that your liver will have to struggle with later.

As a diclaimer, i am not a doctor, nutritionist or dietician, i am just someone who is deeply into food so i read about and experiment with it.

Ok, signing off, more on the nutty cheese tomorrow.

City Mouse

1 comment:

  1. Yea I tried to be vegan too. It's hard when you are so conditioned otherwise. In the end, I returned guilt-free to "normal" omnivorist behaviors save for a few unofficial eliminations of some milk products from my diet.


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