19 Oct 2011

make your own parma

This is a staple for me, but mostly my mom! She used to put Parmesan on her popcorn all the time, but she didn't like the smell. Once I went vegan my family also started eating way less meat and dairy (yes, everybody feels better and has lost weight) so now she won't even eat it because she says it stinks - true - and makes her feel sick - not surprising.

But she missed her cheesy topping, so she was in Karmavore and bought Parma. When I saw it I told her I could just make it myself! So I invented our own Parma.

Usually I do use walnuts, but I've tried other nuts as well. Although nutritional yeast isn't raw, it meets my standards because it has a lot of nutrients and is close to a whole food. Plus it gives you that cheesy, rich flavour, some B12 and protein (NOT THAT WE VEGANS ARE DEFICIENT).

We make it in bulk because we eat so much...
Walnut Parmesan "Cheese" (Homemade Parma): makes about 1 1/4 cups

1 cup walnuts (soaked and dehydrated if possible)
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon salt and pepper, or more to taste
I like to add curry powder or other spicy mixes - woo hoo!

Process walnuts into a rough floury mix, add in other ingredients until you have a crumbled Parmesan cheese texture. Taste it and add other things according to your palate. 
I put this stuff on almost all my savoury dishes.