The last few days have been a mixture of highs and lows food wise.
I found some dairy free melting cheese at the Health shop. Cheddar style and Mozzarella style. I had high hopes for this cheese. My plan was to use it for cheesy toast, lasagne and pizzas, so that I could share these meals with my family.
They have all been great, hubby (my rather amazing Mr C) has even joined the effort somewhat and at home has been really limiting his dairy intake. The kids bless them don’t really get it and need their calcium and dairy so they have had their normal portions but they are also super aware of my diet and when role playing ice cream vans they even had a dairy free ice cream option for me!
We had guests staying over for the weekend, so I had planned a big Tagine and Mr C made us all some rather scrumptious chocolate mousses (using a little soya spread instead of butter). If I can pry the recipe off him I’ll post it on the blog along with the tagine one.
Anyhow, before the guests arrived we decided to test the cheese out for a quick lunch of cheese on toast. Kids and Mr C had yummy extra mature cheddar (I did say limiting his intake not cutting it all out! ha!) and I tried the “melting dairy free cheddar style cheese”. So, full of hope and trepidation, I opened the packet to find what looked like a lump of pale orange play dough, not a great start! I cut a slice and it had the texture of a smooth pate and smelt quite odd. Not put off I popped the slice on some toast under the grill. Surely it’ll be fine melted. Maybe not yummy salty stingy extra mature but something I could add a little red sauce or mustard to.
O how wrong could I be?! One of our facebook page likers had warned me but still it took me by surprise. The “cheese” (o it hurts to call it cheese) had melted into a bubbling mousse and was probably one of the worst substitute foods I have ever tasted! It did not taste anything like cheese of any description. It certainly isn’t a taste experience I wish to repeat!
However I loathe to through it away, so next weekend with a little more time on my hands I am going to try mixing it to all sorts of things and see what I get. If I’m lucky a cheese sauce for a pizza, at worst the kids can use it as play dough! ;)
I’m not giving up hope though. Someone must like this cheese if it is available in the shops. surely. And maybe there are other brands out there that I will get on with, so the hunt continues! Have you tried any cheese substitutes? How did you get on?