If global warming meant temperatures rose by one or two degrees, France would become a desert, which would be no bad thing. The Scots would grow wine and make buffalo mozzarella. Michael O'Leary
The first step in making a vegan pizza is making the cheese!!
As I was thinking about gathering the ingredients together for making vegan mozzarella it occurred to me that I need to substantiate this cooking lesson by giving the cheese I make a platform. Ta da - pizza!! Yes, vegan pizza is a real pizza. Unfortunately, my co-worker believes the only pizza worth bearing the honour comes replete with real cheese and real meat. Tut mir leid!!
There are two very different ways to make vegan pizza - one with a base of cashews and the other with a base of tofu. I will use cashews for this lesson. Did you know cashews need to be soaked first? Neither did I. Do you know why? Well, I do know the answer to this now. This very informative website explaining why, not just cashews but, most nuts and seeds are more beneficial to our bodies when soaked. If you want a much faster way to soak your nuts try this site for tips. Here is a very good site for wondering why you should use salt, why the nuts turn slimy and what to do about, and some great comments below.
However, one of the commenters warns against using salt "[t]he only thing I don’t like about soaking almonds or cashews in salt is that when making nut milk, the milk goes bad SO much quicker than when I just soak the nuts in filtered water". I will take note of this since I am making a milk derivative.
After soaking the cashews (1 cup cashews to about 3 cups warm water - no salt) I rinsed them thoroughly - very important.
In a blender add 1 cup of soaked and rinsed cashews, 4 cups of water, 2 T lecithin, 1 T acidophilus powder. The video does not tell us how long to blend so I will guess at 5 minutes. At the end of 5 minutes my pre-cultured cashew milk is surprisingly smooth with no grittiness. I now transfer this to a glass bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and set it aside on my counter for 24 hours.
Aside note here: I thought I would save myself time and energy trying to look for acidophilus powder. So I bought the capsules. Hmmm, 18 opened capsules yielded me the requisite 1 T powder I needed. Perhaps, I ought to purchase the powder and have it on hand.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's continuation...