Thursday, September 20, 2018

Charly All Is Fair Vegan cheeseboard

Vegan cheese = real cheese?
Cheese. You either hate it or LOVE it and I have decided to be a cheeselover. Because of the invention of cheesecake (of course it counts!), macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, Cheetos puffs, other cheesy chips and should I continue? Alright! Grilled cheese, topping off grated cheese on pasta, cheese fondue and that melted layer cheese on your veggie burger, YUMYUM! What about a cheeseboard? Now here`s a confession of a cheeselover with a just a slight resentment of cheese as I`m not a huge fan of cheeseboards. The main reason is that I don`t like big chunk of cheese cubes that you often find on a cheeseboard. I find cheese cubes alone just to much. It need something else to eat with like bread lots of bread. Most of the time I just pick the toast with rightful amount of cheese and fruit. So what about a vegan cheeseboard? How are vegan cheeses anyways? I haven`t had them before yet I`m intrigued. Will it taste like the real cheese? I don`t know and I`m excited to find it out with Charly`s All Is Fair vegan cheeses as I will indicate the cheese-realness with % from zero to 100%.
Thanks Charly!
Charly`s vegan cheeses replicates real cheeses and gave each one of them their own special name. By the name of Charly!

Parm á Zaan

40% reallness
The Parm á Zaan from Charly looks different than the real parmesan as you can tell. This one looks a lot nuttier and that`s because of the grinded cashew nuts, almonds and sunflower seeds. Other things to add the vegan parmesan ingredient list are sea salt, noble yeast en garlic. Even though it doesn`t really look like the real parmesan I think it`s a lovely mixture of nuts and gives a nice bite to the pasta or salads!j

60% realness
Now this was a nice spread and it looks like cheese on the first look but if you`ve told me it`s hummus then I probably would have believed you too. The texture is grainier than the real French boursin cheese but yet it`s still creamy and it does reminds me a lot of hummus.
Nonetheless it`s still very yum on my toast!

50% reallness
Cheddar is one of my favorite cheeses because it`s nice and spicy and this vegan cheese looks close enough. Even though it also looks a lot like spicy hummus. This vegan cheddar contains 56% cashew nuts and has spices like mustard in it and I like it a lot! Very creamy, filing and spunky warming and I think this is my favorite of all the vegan cheeses here. Good job!


70% realness
Roquefort is a French blue cheese and originally made from sheep milk. Yep. I think blue cheese is ok, not my favorite but as long it`s a teeny tiny dollop on a dish then I`m cool with it. No big chunk on my toast please! The vegan version has similar ingredients as the cheddar from above plus it has spirulina which causes the green, moldy look. Making it extra healthy too!

(goat cheese)
85% realness
Last but not least: the vegan goat cheese! Goat cheese is so so SO delicious, it`s one of my favorite type of cheese and I love it in my salad with walnuts and a good squeeze of honey. From all the vegan cheese above this vegan goat cheese by Charly is the closest to the real goat cheese I find. The texture, look and taste is really nice too. Quite simple yet still creamy. Like a goat cheese suppose to be.
No vegan cheeseboard without vegan sausages! These are from The Vegetarian Butcher and not only they look super real but taste AMAZINGLY real too!
One of my food bestie who`s a meatlover tells me that these sausage slices are super delicious!
起司 ♥

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Peek Into My Life 83

↑ Snacks from Japan!
↓ Cute shop tag.
beach days
I tend to read more books during the holidays and so I did with my Summer holiday.
DIY link
My handmade straw bag, which was truly my Summer bag and I love it! You can too make it yourself! The link is just up here.
Comptoir Libanais ♥ 4/5
@The Netherlands - Rotterdam
We Ordered: rose tea, Lebanese spiced hot chocolate, tabbouleh, falafel, baked aubergine (mine!) and something with lamb in yoghurt sauce for A.
My first time eating Lebanese food and I like it! I was with my foodie-bestie and we had a `mezze` which are basically mini dishes or sides such as the Spanish tapas or the Chinese dim sum! Gotta love food similarity in different cultures.
Not the best falafel but still scrumptious!
More eating out w/
A goodbye dinner from colleagues at 32 Eten en Drinken. We had a 3-course meal that we picked out beforehand for ourselves. I had salad, a German pizza called `flammkuchen and a tasting dessert platter. The salad with smoked salmon delicious! I was looking forward for the main which was this vegetarian German pizza that I have never had before. It came on the plate as a sandwiched toast with in between soggy rice and was a let down. I mean soggy rice sandwiched in two toasts is not what a flammkuchen should be (yes, I`ve Googled it)! The stir fried Asian greens on the side were the only taste element on the plate.
And finally the dessert. A plate with different small tasting desserts that perhaps looked artsy but I don`t understand at all. The weird pink bar has too much gelatin agent, the ice cream was ok but icy, the chocolate bars were ok but just ok. Overall the dessert was just not whole and I feel disappointed because dessert is my favorite course part.

Meanwhile, my colleagues knows my love for food quite well.
A drink and gossips with co-workers after work!

ALOHA ♥♥ 3/5
@The Netherlands - Rotterdam

Aloha is a restaurant that is located in a building that was once a tropical swimming pool Tropicana. Pretty cool actually! You can still see some pool resembles here and there.
Our Aloha food
1 carbonated ice coffee
1 bitter lemon
1 farmers omelette w/ potato, onion, veggies and slices of bread
1 salad w/ pumpkin, mushroom, sea buckthorn, buffel ricotta and slices of
Our food was very late and I know it was very busy and the service were really trying but still, we just don`t like to wait for ages!
Eventually the food came, pretty and all and we digged in. I really like Aloha`s safe-the-future vision with food and trying to minimize food waste.
Go Aloha!

So back to our food. They forgot my slices of bread. And secondly where are the potatoes in my dish?? Nonetheless I got my bread and it was a tasty dish. The coffee-mayonnaise was my TOPfavorite.

Coffee-mayonnaise! I love LOVE it!! Recipe please anyone?
Eating ice cream in Antwerp
Touristing like this another random dude


Koek en Pan 52th Croffin!
A foodie event
An invite to taste a croffin? Well heck yes! count me in! Koek en Pan, one of my favorite bakers in The Netherlands just made 52th and final croffin-flavour and as for the grand finale it was quite spectacle. So far I only tried 4 different croffin flavours and this final 52th flavour is my 5th, woo!

Black Diamond
The 52th croffin is the humble `Black Diamond` with the flavour Dutch black berries/currants, edible charcoal, pastry cream and tonka beans. Koek en Pan you have outdone yourself it was delicious and so pretty to look at!
Meanwhile eating the good stuff and also meeting other food bloggers, we loved it!
My first protest march
Last Wednesday I didn`t go to work but was joining with a couple of colleagues for a protest march and went on strike for teachers but also for all educational people.
In total 11,000 people joined the protest march including cute kiddo`s!
Funny water-bus thing.
Amsterdam / seeing another Prince getting married / food / my windowsill / etc.

My current read is the Dutch novel `Oesters van Nam Kee` which literally means Oysters of Nam Kee and when I was in Amsterdam China Town I`ve found the actual Nam Kee restaurant from the book itself!
I followed everything from this whole Prince Harry and Meghan`s marriage on tv. It was beautiful!
Vegan cheese for me to try out, more eof this coming soon!
The rest of my Summer
My family from abroad came over and I`ve decided to make breakfast for them.
More family days and business that means food, food and food!
Summer also means food festivals and I went to a couple of these food festivals.