Tofu Cream Cheez – a non-dairy cheese from Vegan Venue.
Makes 1-1/4 cups
Tofu Cream Cheez Ingredients:
1/4 cup raw cashew pieces
3 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. brown rice syrup (or 2 tsp. maple syrup
1 cup firm tofu, crumbled
3/4 tsp. salt
Pinch of garlic granules
Tofu Cream Cheez Preparation:
Place cashew pieces, water, lemon juice, and rice syrup/maple syrup in blender, process a few minutes until thick and creamy. Add salt, crumbled tofu and garlic granules and process until very smooth. Chill thoroughly in refrigerator before serving.
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Shemirah Brachah began her vegan voyage in mid-life, but it has made all the difference in the world! “When I was a meat-eater, I used to hate to cook,” she says. It was a fall down a flight of stairs that lead Shemirah to a chiropractor, who recommended yoga, which in turn lead her to read an article in the Yoga Journal about animals raised for food. That was it! Shemirah became a vegetarian and then a vegan overnight.
“Changing my diet changed everything! I started taking vegetarian and vegan cook books out at the library, experimenting with making my own seitan, cheese, cream…just about everything animal-based was replaced by homemade and commercially available plant-based products.
Shemirah and her oldest daughter, Michelle Johnson, started a vegan outreach non-profit, the Vegan Venue, and over the years they developed a variety of vegan recipes that anyone can make and everyone will love.
Shemirah began her career as a secretary; after college, she joined middle-management, working as Director of Governmental Affairs and Executive Director of the Bureau of Municipal Research; Shemirah went on to manage the Mental Health Foster Care Program of the Family Counseling Center of Fulton County in Upstate NY where she was also instrumental in developing and implementing the DAPW (Domestic Abuse Prevention Workshop). Shemirah worked as a freelance writer, managing a public relations service and overseeing, editing, and publishing a low-income neighborhood newspaper.
Since 2006, Shemirah has worked for FARM, the Farm Animal Rights Movement, where she manages the Letters From FARM editorial letter database; she also liaisons with food manufacturers and vendors for FARM’s annual Animal Rights National Conference as well as other annual programs, such as MeatOut and World Day for Farmed Animals.
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