Here's a quickie but most definitely a goodie!
I'm going to New York again, this time for the SAVEUR Blog Awards, where Vermilion Roots has been nominated as a finalist in the Best New Voice category. I can't thank you enough for your support in voting and cheering me on. The nomination itself has already been such a great honor and I look forward to meeting all the talented bloggers from around the world.
Before I go, I'd like to leave you with a recipe inspired by my previous trip to New York City, when I had vegan cream cheese on a bagel for the first time and loved it so much I had to find a way to make it at home.
I'm happy to learn, after doing some research online and finding a recipe on the PETA website, that it's not difficult at all and involves only a few easy ingredients: including silken tofu, cashews, and lemon juice. The flavor options seem limitless and I've made a choice based on personal preference to use matcha green tea.
Why? Firstly, when I do eat bagels it's usually for breakfast or brunch and the grounding earthy taste of matcha is what I like to wake up to. Secondly, I like dessert for breakfast (who doesn't, right?) and this matcha-flavored cream cheese certainly provides the decadence. Try having it with pancakes, muffins or cupcakes and you'll know what I mean.
And... the COLOUR. Fresh, natural, energizing. Just looking at the ingredients whirl in the food processor puts me in a jolly good mood.
Wanna see it? Lucky for you, David made a video to spread instant good cheer! Wait till you scoop a spoonful of it into your mouth. Mmm-mm-MMM! For that, you'll have to follow the recipe and make some now. It's really as easy as pressing the button on your food processor!
Matcha Tofu Cream Cheese Video:
Matcha is a finely ground green tea powder that is dissolved in liquid for consumption unlike the usual tea preparation of steeping leaves in hot water. The powder form lends itself well to a multitude of creative culinary uses including mixing it into desserts like mochi, cakes, cookies, and ice cream, and infusing it into drinks like lattes, smoothies, and even cocktails.
Its distinct sweet grassy notes have made it a desirable flavor and its high antioxidant, mineral, and vitamin content has earned it superfood status. Because whole leaves are ingested through the powder, it is thought to provide even more healthful qualities than normal green tea.
Have a jolly good time with this super fun recipe!
Matcha Tofu Cream Cheese
A raw vegan cream cheese made with tofu and cashews flavored by the sweet grassy notes of matcha green tea. Enjoy on bagels and toast as well as stirred into oatmeal or as a dip for fruits. Adapted from here. Makes 2 cups.
12oz (1 package) extra firm silken tofu, liquid pressed out
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon matcha powder
Crumble the tofu into a food processor and add the rest of the ingredients. Process until the mixture is very smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl when necessary. Use immediately or refrigerate in a closed container for a few hours or overnight to get a firmer consistency.