Thursday, September 29, 2011

Almond feta cheese

I just became aware that I had not actually the recipe for the almond feta cheese that I make! I will post the recipe I normally make since I haven't finished the one I'm working on. I can't remember where I originally got it from, so if you (or someone you know) made this leave a link in the comments section. Once I perfect the new recipe, I'll make a new post and post a photo.

1 cup whole almonds
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 TBSP olive oil
1/4 cup olive oil
1 garlic clove
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 TBSP fresh thyme leaves
1 Tsp fresh rosemary leaves

1. Blanch the almonds by soaking them in boiling water for around a minute, drain & rinse. Peel the skins. (Alternatively, don't peel them)

2. Place the almonds in a medium bowl, cover with 3 inches of water and soak for 24 hours. Drain & rinse. I recommend soaking in the fridge, you risk them getting "funky" (especially in warmer weather!) when done on the counter top.

3. Puree almonds, lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of EVOO, garlic, salt and 1/2 cup water in a blender for 6 minutes until creamy.

4. Place triple layer cheese cloth in a sieve (you might want to either clip it or perhaps use a rubber band to keep it in place) and spoon the mixture into the cloth. Bring sides together and twist into an orange sized ball, secure with twist tie (or rubber band) and chill for 12 hours in the fridge.

5. Line a baking sheet with parchment and transfer the almond ball to it. Shape it to look like a 6" round of brie (approximately 3/4" thick). Or you can place it straight into a ceramic bowl that is already rounded and forget the parchment paper!

6. Bake 40 minutes or until slightly firm, cool & chill

7. To make the herbal oil for the feta, combine the 1/4 cup olive oil with the herbs and heat over medium low until heated but NOT SIMMERING. Cool to room temp and drizzle over the almond ball just before serving.

A whole month disappeared! Honest! I don't know where it went.

That isn't entirely true. I kind of have an inkling as to where it may have gone. Somewhere far far away.

Its not like I haven't eaten for a whole month! I've just actually been BUSY. Imagine that?! So, I have some Mabon feast photos as well as a few other things I've put together. Above is a photo of some rice cakes, my friend made a vegetarian version of it for her Mabon celebration so I veganized it and they came out ok, I need to tweak the recipe a little before I post it. Also, I'm working on that old almond feta cheese recipe again... I watched a video about how to make almond milk (Vegan Zombie style!!) and am using the left over almond meat to make the feta cheese. I can't wait to see how it turns out!!!!!

Below are photos of the food stuffs I made for Mabon!!!!!

Three squash soup.

My Very Vegan pot pies. Oh.My.Goodness were they yummy!

Apple Carrot bread with apple butter <3 It was wonderful toasted, too bad I used old yeast and it didn't rise as much as I had hoped.

Andddd... a non-Mabon food stuffs:

Who doesn't love a good stir fry? I need to learn how to not over-cook the veggies still.