For April! Only one day into it, but the season dial seems to have been clicked over to Spring (and not a minute too soon). I pedaled to the co-op (PEDALED!) and added to my cart Parmela Creamery’s Creamy Treenut Cheese.
Very creamy (the addition of coconut oil and locust bean gum surely help) and the flavor is, well, closer to real cheese. Which real cheese? I can’t say. Last time I was buying animal excretion cheeses years started with 19s and I was in Nebraska so my cheese vocabulary is at best underdeveloped. I can say the Treeline is tart, while the Parmela is more delicate and a bit more complex. In the end, I can’t complain about the outcome. I’ll buy both. I can’t believe I can now choose from three nut cheeses. If only the co-op would get the aged Treeline offerings. They look incredible.
You may recall I tried it the first time it showed up and that I found the plain to be dry and crumbly. So much so that I returned it. Tried it a second time and again returned it. Seems like the co-op pulled all the plain from the shelves and it stayed gone for months. It is back. It is wonderfully creamy, but…
…seems like they changed the recipe. Now it is sweet. Really sweet. Not sour at all. If I closed my eyes I would think I was eating the strawberry. Weird. Genuinely surprised Daiya is missing the mark here. They are so strong in all other areas.
Bread and Honey is now offering vegan cream cheese–Go Veggie! I haven’t been to Bread and Honey to try it, but my in-laws had some in the fridge for us when we recently visited. Very sweet of them, and I ate a bagel filled with the stuff (enjoyed it), but it in no way passes the spoon test. Taste it alone and it is terrible. Hopefully Bread and Honey mixes in their own wonderful ingredients and the result is terrific. I’ll give it a go and report my findings.
I am still a strong supporter of the Tofutti version. Of all the not cream cheeses I’ve tried, the Tofutti tastes the best. I know the original has trans fats, but I only eat the stuff once a month so I don’t worry about it. I haven’t recently had the non-hydroginated version (I don’t find it around here), but reports are generally not favorable. Oh well. Maybe I should just suck up the expense and spread Treeline or Parmela on my next bagel.
I added fennel and chopped parsley but otherwise stuck to Isa’s recipe. Next time I’ll add crushed red pepper too. Already looking forward to it.
Seems that her typical routine (a long walk in the morning and then sleeping all day in a quiet house) is more important than ever. I’ll do what I can to keep that up.
Hope you are well!