Cashew Nut Cream Cheese

cashewcheese(Gluten-free, dairy-free, low salicylate, Paleo)

This recipe is based on one in the Nom Nom Paleo cookbook by Michelle Tam.  The recipe in the book uses macadamia nuts, but I use cashew nuts because they are low in salicylates.  Blanched almonds would probably also be ok.

Michelle Tam makes hers in a food processor, but my food processor doesn’t get it smooth enough so I use a stick blender, but I have to chop the nuts up in the food processor or by hand first.

Ideally, soak the nuts in warm, salted water (1 tablespoon salt per litre of water) for 6-12 hours before using.  This helps to remove substances such as enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid which make nuts hard to digest.  Even so, nuts, like grains and legumes, are not a good food because they contain a lot of elements which are damaging to our digestive system and relatively low levels of bio-available nutrients.   Nuts are also expensive to buy.  I consider them an eat occasionally treat food.

I make this nut cream cheese as a dip for the kids or as a ‘sauce’ to spread on the base of pizza instead of tomato based sauces or dairy cheese.

Cashew Nut Cream Cheese

2 cups soaked/rinsed cashew nuts (can be still wet or dried)
1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt or Himalayan salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice from a just ripe, just picked lemon
about 1/2 cup water

Put all the ingredients into a food processor, stick blender canister or power blender and grind the mix until it forms a smooth paste.  Add more water if needed.

Let the mix sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before using to let the flavours blend.  Use within 4-5 days.

Variation
Add one clove crushed garlic

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In Memorium

In Memorium

I sit
at the farewell of a man unknown
to me
known to many
loved
listening to stories
a life unfolding;
occasional laughter ripples
like a soothing breeze
to hearts hot with grief.

Peace embraces me
and the child in my arms;
he sleeps,
I wonder;
mortality comes to rest.
Who will come bid goodbye to me?
What will stand?
What will be held
in the souls who remain?
What song will be song
as in my box
I lay?

Drawn back by Johnny Cash
“I walk the line”.
The man’s song
well sung
we go

2013

To all who have loved and lost


Loss
A hole in your heart,
the world incomplete, faded
Something slipped from reach
Feeling loss, lost
Memories spark and play,
painful pleasure
Dreams crumble,
all that can never be
Anger
Acid tears fall
A constant ache
Emptiness

 

blessings, Janine

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