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Vegan Cheese

Since becoming vegan we have found it very difficult to find good vegan alternative cheeses. We tried a few but never liked them, they often tasted really bad and had a very strong back taste. We were almost at the point of giving up hope, thinking we’d never find a good vegan cheese….

Well we did and its been fantastic. Its enabled us to improve recipes, give us more choices on what to eat and its now a regular item in our fridge that we couldn’t be without. So what is this great vegan cheese you ask? Its Redwood Foods Cheezly!

Redwood foods Cheezly is great, its got a mild taste and no horrible taste/back taste. So far we have tried their Mozzaralla style, Cheddar style and Mature Cheddar style. We keep all three cheeses regularly stocked in our fridge and they are great for many recipes.

So far we have used the cheeses for some great homemade pizza’s, some cheese, onion and tomato toasties and even bake beans with cheese on jacket potatoes. We have even used it in the odd recipes asking for cheese, it allowed us to recently adapt one of our meals we used to love when we were not vegans. Its called Cheezly Bean Burgers, you must try it as they are great!

We are delighted with our find and we have since found out Redwoods do some more cheese options which we will look forward to trying. We’ll let you know how it goes.

If you haven’t tried vegan cheese yet we suggest you give Redwood Foods Cheezly a try, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Nearly forgot we also found a fairly good soft cheese which we have used a few times. Its called Tofutti Creamy Smooth, Original. We have enjoyed several things with it including Tofutti Creamy Smooth original soft cheese and Cucumber sandwiches.

So don’t give up hope, there is a good vegan cheese out there thanks to Redwood!

Almond Milk

When I first heard of Almond Milk I wasn’t keen to try it. I hate Almonds so my logical thinking was I wouldn’t like Almond Milk. However when my husband went shopping he decided to buy some so that we could try it. I remember when it came to trying it how nervous I was, in fact I really didn’t want to try it as I really hate the taste of Almonds. I did try it though and I was presently surprised. It tasted really good and nothing like almonds (well to me anyway). So this was the start of us buying Almond Milk, we both liked it and now its a regular in our cupboard and fridge.

I will happily drink a glass of Alpro Almond Milk however ask me to drink a glass of Alpro Soya Milk and I’d say no. I don’t like the taste of Soya milk on its own but I do like the taste of Almond milk on its own. I am surprised by this but its true. I also have Almond milk on my cereal and this is now my preferred choice to go with cereals.

We haven’t had the chance to use Almond milk for anything else but I just wanted to share my experiences with you. So if your put off from trying Almond Milk for the same reason as me then I really recommend you try it. You might be surprised and really enjoy it just like me.

Rosie.

Milk (or in reality Milk Substitues)

When people go Vegan, milk is quite a major thing. One thing that needs to be remembered is that the milk alternatives are not trying to taste like cows milk but replace them. I was originally a Vegan (not a very good one) in the 1990s, I think part of the reason I failed was partly because I didn’t totally understand Veganism and the fact it’s not just a diet but a lifestyle. Anyway when I was a Vegan then I remember Soya milk not actually being very nice. The surprise now is it is so much better than it used to be (we use Alpro) also if you really dislike it there are other ones you can use such as Almond, Rice, Coconut and Oat milk (and cream).

What we have found is that we have a stock of different milks for different purposes. Soya milk is used for coffee and tea and makes fantastic hot chocolate. I prefer it on cereal but Rosie prefes Almond on cereal. Soya milk is better for making sauces (such as white sauce) as I find it thickens better. Rice milk is good in Pancakes, I  now want to try it in ice cream. Cream wise we have found Oatly cream the nearest to double cream and tastes the best out of the carton. Rice cream we have used in muffins which has made them ultra moist. My overall advice is experiment with these different milks and creams and find what works for you.

Even though Silk Milk isn’t available in the UK. I love this advert (I doubt they would show it on TV here)