Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The alternative

It's been almost a year since I have made the switch to a vegetarian diet, strictly vegetarian I would say. I have been battling with the idea of slowly ease into a non dairy line and do a total switch, but I now think I would just add a line of non dairy products and expand the already existing business. There are plenty of options and opportunities to explore and I am excited about it.
The main thing is I will be making my own chocolate, so I can create a milkless "milk and white chocolate". Point? I want to be able to replicate some of my flavors but dairy free. I dont like to be limited to a dark chocolate only option for my confections, dont get me wrong I love dark chocolate, but some flavor combinations are best with a lighter chocolate or even white.
So next step is to buy the equipment, not much for now I only need to be able to make the chocolate I need for my own production. Later I will probably buy something that will allow me to sell the dairy free alternative chocolate to the public and professional. The idea is also to do a soy free milkless chocolate, so this is going to be a challenge just for my easily bored mind :-)
I am still working on the vegan nougat as well, I keep going back and forth with the results, small adjusts need to be done, flavor wise I am already there, the texture needs some tweaking, I am up for that.
My regular DesiderioChocolate lines will remain the same and I think is the right thing to do, at least for now.
I will be working this week on the Valentine's collection, Hearts and hearts and then some more.
Meanwhile I keep dreaming of chocolate making and formulations.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Super easy yummy recipe for MeatlessMonday.

Cannellini bean soup;

2 cans of cannellini beans drained, one piece of celery chopped, half small onion chopped, one small carrot chopped, 2-3 tbsp of tomato sauce or paste, pinch of dry sage, 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 2-3 of cups of vegetable broth ( u can use powdered veg borht and add water) also u can find the already chopped veggies (carrot, celery and onion, in the frezeer section of the supermarket, called soffritto or mirapoux or something like that :-P).
Put the chopped veggies in a pan with evoo and 1 tbsp of water, cook for 10 minutes on low until the veggies are translucent, add tomato, sage and veg. Broth & beans, cook for 20 m. Salt to taste or use bragg aminos, using a hand immersion blender mash some of the beans in the soup to ur liking, the more u mash the thicker the soup will be, add more veg broth to make more fluid if u like. Serve hot with a drop of evoo, enjoy, it is super yummy.