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Cheesemaking Idea Exchange

  • May 24, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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- let's share our knowledge, experience, questions for vegan cheesemaking!

I'm stumped! How would you make a Romanian feta? How do you make your cheddar be more solid?

- bring a cheese dish to share (or if you prefer, another vegan dish)

On the menu- a veganized traditional Persian breakfast (think feta with fresh greens and toasted sangak bread!) with sweetened hot black tea.

Gathering will start with a get-to-know each other activity, followed by grazing, sharing of questions, ideas, and likely making a cheese or two...

Location- a collective house in Oak Park (near 94 Fwy and Euclid Ave.)

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Please RSVP if you plan on coming!

If you'd like to carpool/need a ride, post (include location) in the comments.

How do you say "cheese-asm" in veganese???

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry but my ingredients have not arrived so I will Not attend today. I will just have to attend the next one. Hopefully one will be scheduled. :)

    May 24, 2014

    • Raffi

      joey- i'll be sure to hold another meetup...more soon! missed ya!

      May 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Raffi, Thank you so much for organizing this and being willing to organize another one. I ordered kappa carrageenan too late BUT it should be here any day. SO... I have some time to practice a couple of recipes that I want to try. And I will be experimenting with making rejuvelac so I will be better prepared for the next meet up. Thanks again!

      May 25, 2014

  • Lillian V.

    Thanks so much for your generosity. I had a great time and also enjoyed your garden!

    May 24, 2014

  • Raffi

    So, folks, it was an intimate gathering of two of us! We ate feta with "buttered" (homemade "butter") toasted Persian Sangak bread, with fresh tarragon, basil, and nasturtium leaves (nasturtium as a completely adequate substitute for Shahi (a green common in Iran, sometimes called "cress" or "peppergrass") with hot black tea (with rosewater and cardamom). We talked about making "butter" and shared experience of making chevre, smoked provolone, and meltable cheddar.

    And there was a tour of the garden! Also, a homemade deodorant recipe and vegetarian chili recipe were shared. We *didn't* have the chocolate cupcakes with PB frosting...

    I'm very grateful for having made a new friend and look forward to organizing another meetup!

    BTW- I've been on the quest for a Romanian feta, and Miyoko Schinner has written me to say that there her book- which is coming out next year- will have a very good feta recipe.

    1 · May 24, 2014

  • Reverend Dr. Steve Winn, DD, R.

    Raffi, confirming that I will be attending (May 24th) if I am able to arrange transportation (carpool / rideshare) with others in the group.

    May 2, 2014

    • Raffi

      Steve hi! I'm sorry but it looks like no one has stepped forward to offer a ride. I'll be sure to share what took place and perhaps better luck next time!

      May 23, 2014

    • Reverend Dr. Steve Winn, DD, R.

      Hi Raffi, I too am sorry that a ride solution was not found for today's meetup - a solution that could have helped both Rev. Tiffany Moon and me. I look forward to what you can share from the Vegan Cheesemaking Idea Exchange Meetups that have been held thus far. And, we will continue to work on solutions that will include more interested members. ~ Steve

      May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone!! I have been very interested in vegan cheese making and would love to attend. However I get off work early afternoon tomorrow and won't have time to make anything. Do you have any recommendations that I can pick up at the store? Do you need plates or anything? Can I still attend?

    May 23, 2014

    • Raffi

      peyton, thanks for your interest. i'd say just come; no need to bring anything from a store (just my preference that you bring something you made- and if you don't have the time, just come whenever you can make it!)

      May 24, 2014

  • Rev. Tiffany M.

    I am interested in attending, but I'm also in the Rancho Bernardo area, and would also need help with transportation to get there. NB: I'm in the middle of a lot of turmoil and struggling with PTSD symptoms, so as much as I'd be grateful for a ride, I can only cope with quiet, calm transportation. I hope that Steve and I can connect with someone in this area. Thank you~

    May 23, 2014

    • Raffi

      Tiffany greetings- Thanks for the interest; at this point, I don't think there is anyone who can offer a ride from Rancho Bernardo...Sorry!

      May 23, 2014

  • Raffi

    Folks, I'm delighted by the interest--
    Some practical pieces for this Saturday:

    - I ask- if possible- that you come by 1:45 so that we can get settled and start right at 2pm

    - when you get off the freeway- if you're driving- please a bit careful in your driving; people can be a bit- how should I say it? - carefree? in their driving in our neighborhood : )

    - consider bringing food storage containers to possibly take home samples of other people's dishes

    - I live in a collective house; we do our best to keep it orderly and please bear with us if we're not as clean and neat as you're used to!

    -- and again- can anyone give Steve in Rancho Bernardo a ride???

    here's to a cheesetastic time!

    My phone:[masked]

    May 20, 2014

  • Reverend Dr. Steve Winn, DD, R.

    Meetup is tomorrow. I have not seen any responses yet to the requests for ride assistance made by Leslie and me. Just saying . . .

    April 18, 2014

    • Raffi

      Steve- can you remind me- where do you need a ride from?

      May 16, 2014

    • Reverend Dr. Steve Winn, DD, R.

      Hi Raffi, I am in the Rancho Barnardo 92128 area near I-15 freeway. A good landmark is the I-15 and Hwy 56 freeways interchange that is nearby.

      May 18, 2014

  • Raffi

    I'm delighted by the interest, folk, in the meetup! I'll be posting an info sheet in the coming days!

    May 16, 2014

  • Raffi­ changed the date and time from Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM to Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    May 2, 2014

  • Raffi

    Folks, I have to reschedule this meetup. I have some work coming up that weekend and won't be able to hold it then.

    This is the doodle poll for setting a new time. I'm going to close the poll by this Monday evening. http://doodle.com/ve8izr4xgb5ndgr5

    April 26, 2014

  • Leslie

    Sounds like fun! I've made several types of vegan cheese. Is there anyone who can give me a ride? I am in University Heights. Thanks!

    April 14, 2014

    • Raffi

      Leslie, thanks for the interest. I could give pick you up at 12:30ish; and then take you back after the end of the event (I'll be sure to put the word out).

      April 19, 2014

  • Raffi

    Thanks, folks, for RSVP'ing! Please note that this is an idea exchange and *not* a workshop! So, the intention is to share what we know, share our questions; it is not meant to be an event where we are "taught" how to make vegan cheeses (just to clarify! : ) )

    April 14, 2014

  • Raffi

    Folks, is there anyone who can give Steve a ride?

    April 14, 2014

  • Reverend Dr. Steve Winn, DD, R.

    I will gladly join this meetup (first Saturday in May) if I can connect, for ridesharing/carpooling, with someone driving south on I-15 freeway past Rancho Bernardo 92128 and Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa 92131/92126 areas to get to the meetup.

    April 14, 2014

  • Raffi­ changed the location for this Meetup

    April 12, 2014

  • Raffi­ changed the date and time to Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excited about this event.

    April 3, 2014

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