Here are some words that I seem to leave as comments on US-based blogs all too often: 'I wish we had nut cheeses like that in the UK'.
Well, my tiny wish seems to have been granted (thank you, vegan guardians of the universe for making this happen).
First up, I recently got to try out some wares from Nutcrafter Creamery - a Scottish nut cheese maker that does both hard and soft cheese. Nice name, right? As they're based in Glasgow, and I'm very much not, I had to get them posted down to me. They arrived in these dinky little metal containers with the legend 'from tree to thee' written on them.
So far, I've been troughing my merry way through all but the pesto, and I'm totally in love with them all. They're not cheap either,: £4.25 a throw, they're not going to replace your tub of hummus in a hurry. That said, the way I think of it is that they cost about the same as the pint in London, and they last a lot, lot, longer (and they won't give you a hangover either.) And, for what it's worth, Planet Organic have a 20 percent deal on at the moment, so you can get your hands on a jar for £3.20.
These are my favourite vegan cheese in the world at the moment. As well as using them on my toast and crackers, I've also made pizza with my own cheese sauce and little nuggets of Gozo cheese as toppings, and it was heavenly. Mr Flicking the Vs requested that we eat it every night, which is high praise indeed.
My favourite is the smoked paprika, though the French herb is a close second - if you were a fan of Boursin and its ilk in your pregan days, then go get yourself some of this.
I'm so pleased that now there are three good vegan nut cheeses available in the UK and one that I can go pick up when I'm out in London. Now when I'm feeling flush I like get to get a load of cheese and crackers, and a nice glass of wine. With some good vegan cheese on your plate, the world looks a little better.
Are there any other UK vegan nut cheeses? Let me know - I'd love to try them out.