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Sunday, 18 October 2015
Vegan Mozzarella, Judy Blume, Jean Ure and a weekend of Asthma
bread yesterday morning and then I tried vegan mozzarella for the first time last night. It went very well as melted cheese on toast with some spicy beans or tinned tomato soup on the side.
I did find more time for reading than usual. Last night I finished In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. I really enjoyed reading this novel for adults from an author that I loved reading as a child. She still has great empathy for teenagers. Perhaps now she writes from a teen point of view to remind adults how it feels rather than to show other young readers that they are not alone. It brings to mind a brilliant article on books by Neil Gaiman about how tv shows how other people live but books give us a chance to step into someone's mind.
If It Weren't for Sebastian by Jean Ure when I was a teenager. So I was happy when Sylvia picked up Jean Ure's Jelly Baby from the library shelves.
I was quite surprised and interested that the main characters aged 11 and 13 were vegetarian. The dad's new girlfriend really annoyed me the way she kept trying to get them to eat meat. I was muttering out loud about how awful she was, which I don't usually do when I read to Sylvia. This issue was really personal as I don't like to think of how many times I have had someone say "Go on. I bet you would love a bit of my burger" or steak or what other other horrid meat meal they are eating.
We both really enjoyed this book, despite me getting very cross at the girlfriend. It was a great book to read to Sylvia when I took her to hospital at 2am and we were waiting to see the doctor. Hospitals are places of lots of waiting around and lots of disruption. I was very glad to get home (about 6am) and have some peace and quiet. And even more pleased that Sylvia was breathing easier.
Vedged Out specifically requests that bloggers do not repost it so I will not. The mozzarella has a good melted cheese texture though it is a little stretchy rather than having those strings that amaze me with the dairy counterpart. I hope I will make it again and would recommend it. (I added a tablespoon of nutritional yeast. Maybe a teaspoon would be enough.)
I have also seen a vegan mozzarella recipe with aqua faba at Avocados and Ales that interests me. I am constantly keen to try a vegan mozzarella like this on pizza. The cheese experiments will continue, if I can find the time and energy.