|"Well-a, well-a, well-a, uh! |
Tell me more, tell me more was it love at first sight?"
Because I can never leave well enough alone, I decided to culture them. Lo'! These balls of hers have been elevated from kick ace good, to a new kind of wonderful that in my ever so very humble opinion has got some full-blown ass going on too! I mean sass. I mean, yea-um.
|With raw sunflower seeds and Mineral Fusion nail polish.|
Besides culturing the cheese, I made a few mods to the ingredients because I knew 1.) once the cheese was cultured it would have a natural tang to it, and would no longer need the acid or alchol in the original recipe. And 2.) I added berbere, because HELLO!! Have you met me before?
I followed her recipe, but made the following changes:
- I soaked the cashews in a quinoa rejuvelac overnight. Then drained the 'shews reserving the liquid.
- I left out the dry sherry, apple cider vinegar, mustard powder, and cayenne.
- I added ground imported Ethiopian berbere to taste ('twas about a teaspoon)--berbere is salty, so it's also a good idea to reduce the salt a bit. Again, employ your tongue and taste it!
- I added 2 tablespoons of the drained cashew soaking liquid, if you have it, you can also add about 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder (like acidophilus). I've made it both ways, with no big differences.
- Before adding the coconut oil, I scraped the soft mixture into a bowl, covered it with a plate and left it on top of my fridge for 2 days. The temps around here were in the high 40s-low 50s. In hot weather, it will culture faster, so check it a few times a day to get it where you like it in the tang department.
- Once the cheese was tang-iful, I scraped the mixture back into my food processor and added the coconut oil. Then I proceeded with Somer's instructions.
This cheese is so delightful and has such good texture and flavor-flav. For a party, you could easily get two decent sized balls from the recipe, or three small ones. I made one with chopped jalapeno mixed into the cheese, and I'm thinking pimiento stuffed green olives will be next.
|With the cutest dog on earth, and a rice cracker. His whiskers kill.|
|Somer-balls make great stress balls for the mind and body.|
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