Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Making the Impossible F'ing Fantastic


Some things just can't be veganized.

Take mac n' cheese, for example.

You can buy soy cheese, almond cheese, rice cheese. You can mix them all together in a bowl, and throw it in the nuker. But the end result? It tastes like cardboard.

I know. I've tried a million different ways to make vegan mac n' cheese.

Sure, there's the vegweb-certified recipe. That contains either nuts or soy butter, plus garlic, mustard powder, and a mountain of nutritional yeast. Usually the garlic or the mustard overpowers everything.

It ain't easy. And it ain't soy free.

Long ago, I mourned the loss of mac n' cheese from my vegan and lactose intolerant life. I waved goodbye from the dock as it set sail. I thought I'd never taste such lusciousness again...


UNTIL NOW!!!




GUESS WHAT happens when you mix...


Daiya...




with Nooch???



You get Mama's Old School Mac n' Cheese!!!


This is no imitation Kraft Deluxe Dinner! This is Thanksgiving-style-rainy-day-in-the-middle-of-February-with-a-cup-of-hot-chocolate mac n' cheese. This is recipe-passed-the-fuck-down!

This kicks the bowl out of any Kraft Deluxe dinner any damn day. SERIOUSLY.


Eat it up! Eat it up! Eat it up!

26 comments:

Witchy said...

Woohoo for you!! I'm so glad you've got your comfort food back! Mac & cheese is so good... dang, I need to get some daiya. All of my veg gals have been singing its praises, but I haven't gotten it yet - to be remedied soon! Also - kudos to you for being persistent in finding a recipe you can eat! That's one of the few things I enjoy about this crazy body of mine; I'm always on my toes to find a new way to cook something. It's exciting, even if it is also irritating sometimes. Heh..

Heather said...

Hey Anney, you're on a bloggin' roll girly!
yeah, there are TONS of mac and cheese recipes in the vegan blogosphere, but they all have so many ingredients and seem really time consuming.
yours looks perfect-quick, easy, and uncomplicated.
thanks!

Lindsay Satchell said...

Looks good! So, how much of each? Can we have a lil recipe?
xoxo

Lisa said...

Hey Anney! Does the Kimberton Whole Foods carry the Daiya cheese??

saxifrage said...

Oh my. I must eat this. I need a Whole Foods stat! (The closest one is over 300 miles away, and that Daiya stuff simply isn't being sold around here.)

I've had the same mac & cheese dilemma, and I mourned the loss of Annie's mac & cheese and my grandma's homemade batch of it quite some time ago. As soon as I can get my hands on some of that cheese, I'm going to try this. Thank you!

Farty Girl said...

Linds - I throw a handful of each into a bowl of warm brown rice. That's it. Then I taste. If I want more of a salty flavor, I add more daiya. If I want more of a sharpy parm taste, I add more nooch. That's it. :)

Lisa - As far as I know, they don't have daiya yet. But you can find it at the newer Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting. I bet the one in Devon will have it soon too.

Sax - Email me! Let's work out something. Maybe we can do a mail swap. I send you daiya, you send me something.

That same offer goes to anyone! If you can't get daiya and want some, email me and we'll figure out some kind of fun blogger swap. :)

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

2 words: Hell yeah.

the twins said...

yay for vegan mac and cheese! i need to try daiya.

My Year Without said...

When there is a will, there is a way!!

fancythatfancythis.com said...

I have been hearing a lot of good things about this cheese so I am going to look for it at Whole Foods. There is nothing like a good mac n cheese! You are right.

And forgive me for giving you more unsolicited advice but I bought this stuff called Colon Clenase during my last venture to Whole Foods and it really works well! I was actually there trying to find the Bean Digest you recommended but they didn't have it. Anyway, just thought I'd share in case you wanted to give it a try.

Farty Girl said...

Ameena - Whole Foods demoted the Bean Digest stuff immediately after I posted about it! Now I'm using Wholenzyme. It's practically the same thing. Thanks for the info about colon cleanse! Man I LOVE unsolicited advice. It's why I'm here! Thanks for telling me about it!

Jen said...

You are F'ing awesome!!!!! I've been taking down Amy's GF/CF mac and cheese at least once a week. I am sure it is not soy free though.

Farty Girl said...

Amy's new mac n' cheese IS soy free, according to what I've read. It's made with DAIYA!!!!

Farty Girl said...

Amy's new mac n' cheese IS soy free, according to what I've read. It's made with DAIYA!!!!

Iris said...

Sax and Farty Girl - You should both come to NYC to have vegan mac and cheese with me at S'Mac! They have gluten free AND NOW vegan mac and cheese!

http://www.smacnyc.com/vegan.html

Farty Girl said...

Iris - I'm coming up on Monday... but I'm seeing friends... I totally wanna have a blogger meet up though. We should do it this summer while life is not so crazy. :)

Iris said...

Let's try. :) I'm moving, but I'll be visiting on some weekends.

saxifrage said...

So guess what magically appeared on the Wegmans (local grocery store here in Rochester) shelves today?? That's right--Daiya! I bought some, along with GF elbow macaroni, and I am either going to go and make it right now (although I just got back from a chem exam and I'm pretty beat) or tomorrow... Can't wait!

And yes, a meet up would be lovely... That S'Mac place looks delicious! Iris, there's a small chance I might be coming up Memorial Day weekend, but nothing is for sure yet. I'll keep you posted ;-)

Twins said...

We just got Daiya cheese...cannot wait to try it!! Thanks for the great recipe idea ; )

Pure2raw twins

Suki said...

Whoohoo! Can't wait for the day dairy-free cheese reaches India :D

Isabel said...

sounds delish but sadly im living in south america right now and i highly doubt i will be able to find daiya cheese :(

whataboutsummer said...

ah you're making me jealous: two ingredients I cannot have (none in stores)

alas, at least one of us can enjoy them right?
Katherine

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

daiya AND nooch...NICE!

Ok so the Dandy drink you mentioned..I typed up an email to you but the email addy you keyed in to me, i.e. farrtygirl@.....

it has too many r's.
so i took one out. that didnt work either. Suffice to say, i was intrigued by the coffee anecdote and as long as dandy is GF (many of those coffee wannabe's are barley or chicory based which are FULL of gluten) anyhoo...sounds great!

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said...

I just tried Daiya right now. I had it on a sammich with grilled veggies and balsamic vinegar...I liked it, but I think I had too much going on in the sandwich to be completely won over...I guess I will have to give it another try!

Jen said...

Ohhhhh that makes a lot of sense, I just checked back here but I also just wrote my post about Daiya. Just finally tried it last night, oh my goodness, insane!!!!!! LOVE!!

Farty Girl said...

Sarena - I made that mac n' cheese without cooking the cheese. I think that's key to getting its full flavor. Cooking it kills the cheesy goodness away.

Jen!!! So glad you are back. Missed you. :)