Coconut milk: About half of a brown coconut yields 2 cups freshly grated coconut, put in a small saucepan (or something one can easily pour it out of), add 500ml boiling (or not quite boiling) water, cover for 5 min then strain*. One could add tapioca flour and sweetener to reproduce the consistency and taste of other commercial plant milks. Keeps in the fridge for 2-3 days when made from frozen and thawed coconut. *If you’re low on utensils, like me, strain through very thin gap of the lid if it’s one of those cooking pots with a lid fitting inside the rim.
This recipe is from dessicated coconut and seems thicker than mine.
Two possible uses for the pulp (I would add syrup to bind the latter)
Cashew milk (in comments, otherwise links to all the instructions you need for almond milk) More almond milk – You don’t need a vitamix. I recall mine keeping longer but I used to pasteurise it. I don’t make it anymore – food intolerances.How to milk an almond reports raw almond milk keeping 4 days in the fridge.
Sensory people-friendly sunflower seed milk A paint-strainer bag is apparently a fine substitute for a nut milk bag. Another recipe. If you don’t have a dehydrator, I don’t, I’d put the nut pulp in my wet ingredients instead of dry for cakes/cookies or in burgers. Same with seed pulp or try this with less zuke, I prefer to use carrots instead regardless of a colour combination I dislike because the texture turns out better.
Coconut butter (courtesy of Toni from BWCSA): Blend fine dried coconut until you have a smooth butter. Use as a replacement for nut-butter, or as a replacement for fat in baked goods, as icing or mixed with some cocoa powder for decadent sweet fix, in smoothies. Use a touch of agave to sweeten as desired. [It didn’t work in my Phillips coffee grinder attachment which can make other nut butter]
500ml soya milk – 4 vegan acidophilus capsules (like Solgar) – or 2 tablespoons live soy yogurt (unpasteurised)
1. Sterilize the soya milk by heating to just below boiling point. Let it cool a bit.
2. rinse a large glass jar or vacuum flask with boiling water to sterilize it.
3. Once the milk has cooled to lukewarm, pour it into the glass and stir in the yogurt or break the capsules open and empty the powder into the glass. Place the lid on but do not close.
4. Place container near a contant source of low heat, e.g. an airing cupboard (I don’t know what that is, I simply put my jar one day in the sun, then if it’s not quite set (in winter), in warm water, keep it at about 40’C by pouring in hot water every so often), or wrap in a towel or newspaper and put it on a hot water bottle (but you do have to keep changing the hot water). The yogurt should set within 12 hours. (If the temp. drops too low, process stops or takes longer. If the temp too high, the bacteria will be killed).
5. Once set refrigerate and use within 4-5 days. Keep 2 tbsp for next batch!
Same process could be used for any yoghurt and if you’re making your coconut milk, it could be started sometime after straining.
Sweet condensed milk (from Plant, opening soon in Capetown): In sauce pan, combine 2 cans coconut milk and 1/2 cup agave nectar. Warm mixture over medium-low heat until mix begins to bubble. Continue to cook over low heat, mixing continuously until sauce is reduced to ½ , slightly golden and the consistency of a light syrup. Cool to room temperature. Store refrigerated in glass jelly jar until ready to use.
Soyannaise (from Bella Vegan Cafe, Capetown): Makes one cup – 1 x 12oz block soft tofu, 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice,1 teaspoon prepared mustard, 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, pinch of Saffron or Turmeric powder for colour…optional, 3/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup sunflower or canola oil. METHOD: Process all ingredients in blender EXCEPT the oil. At high speed TRICKLE the oil into the mix until smooth and creamy looking. CHILL for an hour before serving to allow flavour to “rise”. (Add 1 tbs good quality Tomato Sauce if you want 1000 Island dressing!)
I’m allergic to 3 ingredients above, never tried it, I make Baonaise – Baobab fruit powder is sour, with a hint of sweet (mix in cold water) and ground brazil nuts have a subtle pungent flavour, I don’t think Dijon is needed and I can’t have it anyway. Blend with oil. That’s essentially my Ca-Mg supplement + Selenium and I use omega 3-6-9 oil. There’s an actual recipe on Google and I’ve bought commercial baonnaise, mine would be as good if I had onion powder.
‘Cheese’ sauce: 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes – 1/2 cup unbleached flour – 1 tsp salt – 1/2 tsp garlic powder – 2 cups water – 1/4 cup oil – 1 tsp prepared mustard. Mix nutritional yeast flakes, flour, salt, and garlic powder in a 2-quart saucepan. Whisk in water. Cook over medium heat, whisking, until mixture thickens and bubbles. Cook 30 seconds more, then remove from heat and whisk in oil and mustard. Sauce will thicken as it cools but will thin when heated.
Debbie’s Chocolate tofu mousse: 2 packages soft tofu (regular or silken) – 16 ounces bag of semi-sweet choc chips – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Let tofu sit on the counter until it’s at room temperature. This is VERY important. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or saucepan over medium-low heat. Place the room-temperature tofu in blender or food processor and blend until creamy. Add chocolate mixture and vanilla to tofu, and mix thoroughly. Chill 1 hour, and serve. Variation: Slice bananas and layer with chocolate mixture in either pudding cups or pie crust.
http://vegan-magic.blogspot.com/2011/12/no-bake-chocolate-mousse-cake.html. Avo is so versatile:
as mayonnaise http://www.theppk.com/2011/05/creamy-avocado-potato-salad/
or cream cheese http://www.theppk.com/2011/07/cucumber-avocado-tea-sandwiches-with-fresh-herbs/
http://www.chetroy.com/healthyvegan/?p=4 more cashew cheese and yet more
http://melomeals.blogspot.com/2013/01/cultured-cashew-cheese-aged-2-months.html and in South Africa you can buy some amazing macadamia, cashew or other nut cheeses in Capetown or via overnight courrier.
Some more general recipe links:
http://www.veganculinaryexperience.com – free recipe book for picnic and party food
http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/ has some interesting ones, not only fat-free.