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Cashew Cream Sauce (Oil Free)

Next month we fly to India for a few months of travel, a yoga teacher training course & trekking in Nepal. We’re beyond excited to return to this wild and wonderful part of the world, and intend to share our journey on the blog with you! For now, we’re savouring all of the delicious foods we’ll miss during our time away. Don’t get me wrong, we’re so excited for all the incredible Indian food we’ll enjoy, but we’re making the most of fresh, vibrant food and having access to local organic produce.

This delicious cashew cream has been our go-to sauce the past few months. Soaked cashews become so rich and creamy when blended. We’ve combined them with a few other ingredients to make a really tasty sauce. Apple cider vinegar is a must have product in our kitchen - it has so many great uses! Make sure to get a raw vinegar that still has ‘the mother’ (aka live bacteria) in it. This means that it hasn’t been pasteurised and is therefore great for gut health. The vinegar gives the sauce a subtle tanginess that pairs so well with the nutritional yeast and hints of garlic/mustard powder.

cashew cream dressing
Cashew Cream Dressing

A couple of things I love about this sauce, besides the taste, are how easy it is to prepare and how versatile it is too. We’ve been enjoying it as a side to so many meals, here are some suggestions of recipes it pairs really well with:

Smokey Refried Black Beans
Chickpea Frittata with Sage & Rosemary
Sprouted Chickpea Falafel Burgers

Ingredients
1 cup of cashews, soaked for 2+ hours
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of mustard powder
3/4 cup of water
1 tablespoon of white miso (optional but highly recommended)

Method
1. Soak cashews in water for at least 2 hours.
2. Drain and rinse the cashews and combine together in a blender with all of the other ingredients. Blend until smooth and add more water if you want a thinner consistency.
3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, it should last at least 5 days.

cashew cream dressing

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Vegan Cashew Cheese Burrata

We've been experimenting with some dairy-free cheese recipes recently, which has been so much fun! This cashew cheese has been our favourite so far - it has the creamy texture of a soft cheese, but with a delicious nutty flavour. It's fermented over a few days, so it's full of healthy bacteria to help digestion and keep our tummies happy.We love incorporating fermented foods into our meals, not only because they are delicious, but they are also so healing for the gut. This cheese uses a probiotic to ferment, so it's a simple process and a great recipe to try if you're new to fermenting. The fermentation does take a few days, but please don't let this put you off...  It really is so simple to make & it's fun hanging the cheese in your kitchen and seeing it change!  

Cashew Cheese Burrata and Raw Crackers
Cashew Cheese Burrata and Raw Crackers

Cashew Cheese Burrata

(Recipe adapted from The Plant Power Way: Italia)
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups of cashews
1 acidophilus probiotic capsule
1 teaspoon of good quality salt
3/4 cup of plant milk (coconut or oat works well)
1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Method
1. Soak the cashews in water overnight. The next day, drain and rinse the nuts.
2. Add the cashews, acidophilus powder, salt, 1/4 cup of milk, coconut oil to a high speed blender. Blend on a high speed until the mixture is smooth. 
3. Fold the mixture into the center of a piece of fine cheesecloth. Gather the edges and tie them into a bundle with string. 
4. Hang the cheese bundle from a hook for 24 -48 hours. A thin rind should set up on the outside of the bundle. Place a small dish underneath it to catch any moisture drips. 
5. In a small bowl, place the remaining 1/2 cup of milk. Add the cheese bundle to the mix bath and place it in the fridge for 1 - 3 days. 
6. Remove the bundle from the milk bath and place it on a cutting board. Unfold the cheesecloth and cut the cheese into slices using a sharp knife. Enjoy! 
7. Consume within 3-4 days. 

Have you ever eaten/made vegan cheese? We'd love to hear your experiences! 

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