A few weeks back, I had to travel to Victoria to give a presentation at Social Media Camp. It was a blast–I love going to Victoria. It’s one of my fave foodie cities. They have the second highest per capita number of restaurants there (second only to San Francisco), and they take their cocktails and brunches very, very seriously.
So it’s no wonder I love going there–it’s charming and beautiful and foodie friendly.
We were flying back to Vancouver via Helijet around noon, but had a little time, so my friend Chantal picked us up for brunch. She took us to Nourish, the cutest little place, housed in a heritage home in James Bay.
What I loved about Nourish, besides the fact that it was incredibly charming, is that it was incredibly vegan and gluten-free friendly.
You can read Chantal’s review on Brunchcouver here, but I had this cultured cashew cheese that just knocked my socks off–and I’ve been trying to recreate ever since.
This is not a super challenging recipe, but my first batch left me feeling a little meh. So the second time around, I added everyone’s favorite secret ingredient: truffles. You have to be careful with truffles because they are so strong, they can overwhelm easily.
This is a cultured cashew cheese, as instead of using water, you use liquid that’s been fermented; in this case, either kombucha or the pickling liquid from sauerkraut (or both). Throw in some nooch and miso for umami, and the final result is decadent and creamy. The truffles give it that earthy, unctuous yumminess.
FYI, you really need a good blender for this–your magic bullet isn’t going to cut it. Literally.
Truffled Cashew Cheese
- 1 cup cashews
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp miso paste
- 1 tbsp plain kombucha
- 1 tbsp sauerkraut pickling liquid (or use two tbsp of just one if that’s all you’ve got)
- 1/2 tsp truffle salt
- 1 tsp truffle oil
- Place the cashews in a mason jar and top with water. Screw on the top and allow to sit overnight.
- The next day, drain the cashews and rinse them. Add them to the blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend on high for one minute, stop, scrape down the sides, and blend on high for an additional minute at least. Cheese should be creamy and smooth.
- Line a 125ml ramekin with plastic wrap, and scrape the cheese into it. Smooth the top, wrap it up, and place in the fridge to set for 24 hours.
- Serve with crackers, bread, and additional sauerkraut.