I recently discovered This Website and I now have food-geek-grrrl-hardon for its creator . When I browsed It from my iphone I couldn’t grasp its full magnificence, but when I looked at It on the computer monitor my brain did (and still does) a joyful hamster dance! I want to be besties with the artist who envisioned It… I want to lick her brain (in a totally non-violent, non-exploitative and completely consensual way)!
I was super enthusiastic to experiment with her recipes, but I decided it would have to wait until I returned from my vacation (the website warned that the fermented vegan cheese beast might attack my dog and overtake the house in my absence.) The anticipation was almost unbearable… There I was… in a beautiful tropical paradise, fresh ocean breezes caressing my sunblock–slathered skin, while free-range dolphins approached our vessel to dance and play for us, and my mind was racing with thoughts of “what jars should I ferment the cheese in? What do I want to use for starter? Oooooo…. I just did that batch of watermelon rind pickles …. That would be GREAT for a summer-y vegan fermented cheese beast! Mmmm….”
Did I mention there were Dolphins on my vacation? DOLPHINS. Adorable ones. Dancing and playing within arm’s reach. But even as I was squeeealing with dolphin glee, I was formulating my perfect inaugural fermented cheese recipe.
Upon returning from vacation (and regaining access to the interwebs) I had a panicked moment of insecurity like “will-we-still-feel-the-same-way-about-each-other-after-having-a-long-distance-relationship-for-the-first-semester-of-college?!?!” I poured over The Website to make sure my infatuation was well founded and then suddenly had the thought “OMG! What if this is some kind of terrible prank! What if the fermented-vegan-cheese-recipe is a social experiment or some kind of performance art and IT’S NOT REAL?!?!?”
I decided to take the plunge.
AmbeR’s First Stab at Fermented Vegan Cheese