Vegan Cheese Please! My thoughts on MTL’s Brydsheese Fauxmages

I love the spirit of entrepreneurship in this generation of DIY internet madness which gives almost anyone a shot at making a name for themselves. That is what first charmed me about Janyck and her awesome vegan cheeses aka fauxmages named Brydsheese. She started making vegan cheeses for pleasure before she eventually began selling them online to fundraise for a project. I first discovered her last March and since then her online following has grown exponentially. When I first tried her cheeses, I was pretty much amazed at the different textures and aromas and overall creativity. She makes many variations which you can pick up directly from her.

Brydsheese fauxmages include:

  • ‘Brie’ and Cranberry Walnut
  • Smoked ‘Gouda’
  • ‘Boursin’
  • Apple ‘Goat’ Sheese
  • Sundried Tomatoes ‘Feta’
  • Ricotta
  • Parmesan
  • Cheddar
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheesecake also available

She charges $8 for one or $15 for two – I had the pleasure of tasting four of her vegan cheeses and I even made some recipes with them.

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I tried the cranberry walnut brie, the smoked gouda (best-sellers), the boursin and the apple-goat cheese, all great products for those who want to phase out dairy and try something new.

My comments:

Brie: Best for snacking with crackers and bread.

Gouda: Excellent in sandwiches and grilled cheeses, melts just like real cheese!

Boursin: Really yummy in savoury dishes with fresh tomatoes and green veggies.

Apple-Goat: Sweet and savoury, excellent with caramelized onions and cranberry.

MTLVEG’s Byrdsheese Recipes:

Garlic Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Boursin Byrdsheese

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves garlic,
  • minced 6-8 garlic scapes, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 10 – 15 cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp byrdsheese boursin
  • 200 grams linguine,
  • cooked 1/2 cup olive oil

Directions:

  1.  Cut cherry tomatoes into halves. Place them face down onto baking pan or casserole dish with 1/4 cup of olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 400C for about 10 -15 minutes.
  2. Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil on medium-low heat. Add garlic and sauté for 3 minutes until garlic is lightly browned.
  3. Add garlic scapes and continue to sauté for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add cooked linguine, roasted tomatoes and byrdsheese boursin and toss together.

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Savory-Sweet Byrdsheese Apple-Goat Appetizers

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Caramelized Onions, Pears & Apple-Goat Brydsheese wrapped in Roti*

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Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • 1 tbsp (vegan) butter or cooking oil
  • 3 tbsp Apple-Goat Byrdsheese
  • 2 roti bread – Available at Jolee’s Market in Cotes-des-Neiges.
  • Fresh sage (optional)

*If you aren’t familiar with roti, it’s a indian flat bread popular in Caribbean and Indian cuisine. Nothing is better than fresh and delicious roti but it can sometimes be hard to find. If you can’t get your hands on roti, try pita or nan bread instead.

Directions:

  1. Add vegan butter (or cooking oil) to to a pan on medium heat, once melted add onion and cook over low heat for 15 – 25 mins, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add sliced pears to pan, toss them in with onions allowing them to soften. Continue for about 4 – 6 mins.
  3. Spread Apple-Goat Byrdsheese evenly on two pieces of roti and top with onions and pear.
  4. Add a little fresh sage or balsamic reduction (optional) and roll it up.
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Add a little fresh sage to extra yum!

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Caramelized Onions, Figs, Balsamic and Apple-Goat Brydsheese on Pita

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Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 3 fresh figs
  • 1 tbsp (vegan) butter or cooking oil
  • 3 tbsp Apple-Goat Byrdsheese
  • 2 pita breads
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar

Directions:

Create a balsamic reduction:

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, add the balsamic vinegar
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, and then turn down heat to keep at a low simmer. It will take about 10-15 minutes to thicken and reduce. Be very careful not to burn. When it coats a spoon, it will be thick enough. When reduced more, it will thicken up considerably once cooled.

Caramelize onions:

  1. Add vegan butter (or cooking oil) to to a pan on medium heat, once melted add onion and cook over low heat for 15 – 25 mins, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add sliced pears to pan, toss them in with onions allowing them to soften. Continue for about 4 – 6 mins.

Put it all together:

  1. Spread Apple-Goat Byrdsheese evenly on two pieces of pita and top with onions and fresh figs.
  2. Drizzle with balsamic reduction.
  3. Cut in four and serve.

For details how to get your hands on these products, visit the brydsheese facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/byrdfauxmages

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