Violife is a vegan cheese made of coconut oil and produced in Greece. It's getting a lot of attention for its flavor, texture and meltability; all the things vegans miss about calves' milk cheeses.
Upon my return to the U.S., I generously and selflessly shared my meager allotment with my brother, the Meaty Vegan who blogged about it and got noticed by Violife, the makers of this amazing cheese.
They set him up with samples and he took care of me too. I was thrilled to find a little cooler arrive at my office from Greece and inside were samples of many of their cheeses: cheddar, original, smoked, mozzarella, herb, hot pepper and tomato and basil. I also received some cream cheese to try.
The first thing I did was take the mozzarella to Aiello's, my favorite restaurant where one of the owners asked the chef to make me an onion pizza using it. This was the result:
It melted beautifully and even the chef was amazed that it stood up to the high heat of the pizza oven!
I heard through the Violife grapevine that the Tomato and Basil flavor was especially good in a grilled cheese sandwich. Having been a fan of grilled cheese and tomato during my vegetarian days, I thought I'd try it. It was amazing!
Not the greatest picture but you can see the cheese oozing over the edge of the bread. I may have happened to have made it on rye bread with caraway seeds. That's just how I roll.
One of my favorite breakfasts is a tofu scramble. It usually looks like this:
|Kinda sad, dontcha think?|
But on a whim, I added a slice of the Smoked flavor which made it look like this:
Not especially creative but it was so delicious! The smokey flavor is reminiscent of bacon and I have now started adding it to my scramble toward the end of the cooking time so it incorporates itself into every amazing bite.
For mornings when I'm scrambling for time and don't have time to scramble tofu, a bagel with their creamy cream cheese is just the ticket!
I wish I had the time to experiment a little more with their cheeses but it's nice to know I can use them for my quick go-to meals when I'm in a hurry. Keep an eye out for Violife to make its U.S. debut! It's sure to be a hit!