November 18, 2011

Candle Cafe Macaroni and Vegan Cheese

This week, something completely different. No fake meat involved here, but definitely fake something. It's Candle Cafe Macaroni and Vegan Cheese.

In any case, let's check this out, shall we? First thing I should say is that this smelled really good while it was cooking. I was pretty optimistic. I stirred it at the appropriate time, finished cooking, then got ready to eat it. However, the fake cheese was still pretty clumpy. I kept stirring, to try to break down the clumps into a nice creamy sauce, like in the picture, and it did help a little, but I never got quite the result I was hoping for. But whatever, moving on.

After my first bite, my poor mouth was a little confused. It felt like a super-rich, creamy cheese sauce, but it had almost no flavor. While no flavor is still better than bad flavor, I still wondered what I could do about this. Something I learned in culinary school is that if something smells great but tastes bland, sometimes it just needs a pinch of salt. So I sprinkled on a little bit, and that was a definite improvement. If someone had handed me this meal without telling me this was fake cheese, I would probably believe it was real cheese. Knowing that it was fake kind of biased things, but in all honesty, this was quite tasty. Kinda pricey, but worth it.

The experience:
Texture - very thick, rich, creamy sauce
Flavor - with a little extra salt (possibly just a palate thing - taste before you salt!) I could probably trick my brain into believing this was real cheese

Final grade for this attempt: A

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