Yesterday was Earth Day, a day dedicated to celebrating this planet. In an ideal world, we would celebrate our beautiful world and all it has to offer every day; by making conscious decisions and by being full of gratitude. The world can be a scary place (that sentiment seems especially true right now) and there are many things we cannot control. However, the little things we can control or have influence over are there and we should do our best to make decisions that benefit the earth, ourselves, the creatures who share this world with us and for our sweet little children that have not yet made their way onto this planet.
Ways that you can support this planet are by choosing to reduce, re-use and recycle. Putting your money where it counts, by buying sustainable products and fresh produce instead of overly processed things that are not good for us or our environment. Being outside in nature and appreciating all it has to offer us. Sharing the love. Doing some research for yourself to see what you could potentially do to help the cause (remember it’s always a good idea to check who not only carried out the research but also, who funded it).
The recipe I want to share with you today is super simple and seems much more fancy than it is, great for impressing company. Brazil nuts work well as a cheese because they have a nice smoothness to them that really lends to the creaminess you want from a soft cheese. The ingredients can easily be doubled (or tripled) to last longer or to serve more people.
I served mine spread on a flatbread and topped with caramelised balsamic shallots, fresh radish, peas, spring onion and rocket and also sprinkled a little vegan parmesan on top (recipe from this post). It is equally divine when spread on oatcakes, used as a dip or smothered over a baked sweet potato.
Brazil Nut Soft Cheese
- 3/4 cup brazil nuts (soaked for at least 6 hours, I soaked mine overnight)
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (I like quite a strong flavour so my tbsp was heaped but start with a level one and adjust to taste)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 large lemon, juice
- water to thin, approx. 4 tbsp but add as needed
- Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend on high until smooth and creamy. This will take longer in a regular food processor (which is what I used) so you may need to be patient and scrape down the sides every now and then to help everything incorporate.
For the flat bread that I served this with I used the recipe for this pizza crust and subbed in 1/2 cup of almond flour in place of the oats and it worked out really well.
Enjoy (and remember making conscious decisions is cool)!