Monday, April 13, 2015

Informal Review: Dairy Free Cream Cheese

If you've met me before, you'll know that I live to eat. My mind goes from meal to meal faster than my stomach can and I prepare for trips to see my family by trying to stretch my belly days in advance so I can taste as many dishes as possible.

As I've gotten older, my lactose intolerance has gotten worse and while indulgences like cream cheese, ice cream, and anything au gratin make my heart pound like a love sick preteen, they make me so very ill (also like a love sick preteen). Enter the dairy free world (cue the sunbeams and harps)! Over the last few months, I've been slowly sampling the dairy free products available in my neighbourhood and I thought I'd share my observations.


I found these two in my local health food stores. For the side by side challenge, I dipped, spread and scooped them on whatever I had in my kitchen at the time. Here are the applications I used in my test: on dense rye with a good helping of smoked salmon and thin slices of sweet onion; on sesame rice crackers; on good, salty potato chips; and on my finger straight out of the container.

Daiya - my initial go-to because it's stocked at my local Loblaws. Creamy but has a plasticy flavour that is easily masked with toppings (smoked salmon, tomatoes...etc). I like the onion better than the plain but I've yet to have strawberry. It's smooth but a little too gummy for scooping chips but ok with a cracker. The texture reminded me cream cheese sold in a block and the flavour was like the sour cream onion dip I used to eat at birthday parties as a kid. This is a good option if you can't have soy. 

Tofutti - I had to hike to the health food store for this so it came only after I'd already gone through one and a half containers of the Daiya (first plain, then onion). This stuff is creamy and smooth with a clean flavour. Good enough on its own to eat with a spoon and an excellent sub for a cream cheese bagel. It's missing a little of the sharp cheesiness of cream cheese but texturally like the fresh fluffy stuff you'll find at a deli. Dangerously easy to scoop and spread. It does contain partly hydrogenated oils but I'm ok with it as it does not contain palm oil, which I'm not ok with. 

I have a fridge full of 'cheese' flavours that I'm dying to get to so I'll post my thoughts on those soon... with prettier pictures this time. 

Thursday, April 09, 2015

So, it's been ages. YEARS in fact and lots has changed. New place, new partner, new job... and new allergies! I am currently working on fixing some tummy problems that left me in the hospital last summer with nothing to eat but jello and I am always on the lookout for ways to make my world a tastier, less deadly place for me to live in.

As you know, if you've met me before (or not), I love research and I have seen a lot of awesome discussions and articles posted on Facebook groups and various sites about recipes and products and I'd love to compile some of that info for myself here and possibly save anyone else out there some of the anguish of being relegated to the salad at a dinner party because it's hard to hide nuts or diary in a tomato (or is it?!?!).

Ok. So, let's do this... hello again!

To restart this party, here's a little tune:

Friday, April 25, 2008

Gettin' piggy with it

Ah, the pig. So cute, so smart... and so tasty.

And because just like bacon, one slice is never nearly enough, here it is again!

Friday, March 07, 2008

The Tube Age Commeth

Looking back on my childhood, I realize that I have always been fond of food in tubes. My first love was the Kisko freezie (blue food? Yum!); then came the strangely unrefrigerated beef pepperettes available on the counter of my local convenience store; and of course, the grocery store squeeze cheese my grandmother would buy when we were expecting company (much to my grandma's dismay, I often sucked the cheese directly from the star shaped nozzle while sitting in the back seat of the car on the way home... ahh, those were the days); and my most recent tubed infatuation, sweetened condensed milk in a tube which came to me via a friend who had just returned from France with the stuff (oh, the French and their love of lipids).

With my affinity for food oddity, food in tubes, and my regular exposure to kids at lunchtime, I'm consistently mesmerized by (and at times jealous of) the variety of convenience foods marketed to kids in tube form... that is, until I saw this:

Despite how disgusting it looks, I'm sure I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to try at least ONE.

Ah, the lure of the tube.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Microbial Mambo

It's been a hell of a long time since I've updated this and although my schedule is even more jam packed than ever I couldn't help but hollering about this find from the top of my little mole hill.

This guy is awesome. He's a food toxicologist with a gift for unlikely rhymes and with songs like "A Case of Norwalk" sung to the tune of "Under the Boardwalk" and a Ricky Martinesque "Beware La Vaca Loca" what's not to love?

If you've got some time on your hands, or a job you're trying to avoid check it out!

Gettin' Jiggy with the Microbes,

Thursday, May 24, 2007

On Hiatus

What started as a small project for me a year ago has blossomed into a full blown three ring circus and I'm now finding it difficult to find time to check my e-mail, never-mind updating this thing! There are some exciting new changes afoot in the pantry that I'm eager to share so when I have a few moments in the near future I'll be posting them!!

In the meanwhile, here's a little appetizer to tide you over:

Bon Appetite,

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Like five slices of a pie

After weeks of trying to figure out how to reconnect my migrated page to YouTube, I've finally done it - and not a moment too soon!

Here's an excellent pie filled short by The Brothers McLeod. The new and improved Canada's Food Guide certainly doesn't specify what shape your servings should come in so pie shaped should be fine, shouldn't it? Mmm... pot pie.

The "fat pie" in this video is not to be confused with this Fat Pie. That stuff is just plain creepy.