Don’t Talk to Me about Cheeze.
When I decided to go vegan, I knew I would be giving up some foods that I would miss. Cheese topped that list. My exuberance about cheese actually drove me to choose veganism; I had to force myself to stop using cheese as a spice. Cheese had become a centerpiece in most of my meals. In fact, I went out to eat lunch one day because there was no cheese left in the house, and I couldn’t understand how I could be expected to make a lunch sans cheese. I am totally serious.
Now, I believe a lot of foods can be remade into a vegan version of themselves and can come out tasting pretty dang good. In my humble opinion, the exception is vegan cheese. I shudder at the mere mention…
This afternoon, Amy sent me a recipe for an eggplant casserole topped with vegan cheddar cheeze. I wasn’t super keen on the recipe, but Ames rarely participates in meal planning, so I wanted to be open to her choices. I did some research about vegan cheeze and bought what was supposed to be the best brand. I was still skeptical. I recently had a vegan pizza at Pizza Fusion and thought it was delicious, except for the soy cheese. I would rather simply have a pizza with no cheese. Soy cheese isn’t like real cheese. You know what tastes exactly like real cheese? REAL CHEESE. If I choose not to eat cheese, then I don’t want some lame imitation mocking me and making me miss a real cheese experience. I would rather just forget about cheese altogether.
By the way, this rant about soy cheese doesn’t extend to cheezy sauces like alfredo or vegan mac & cheeze. Vegan Yum Yum has a great recipe for alfredo that I can vouch for and one for Mac & Cheese that I am itching to try. You know what neither recipe has in it? SOY CHEESE. Buh.
Oh, and you know what was inedible? That eggplant casserole.