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what food do you miss the most?

I'm sure this has already been addressed in some other post, but there are WAY to many to look through.  I was wondering, since becoming vegan, which food do you miss the most from your preveggie days?  And please don't say, "I don't miss anything" or something to that effect.  I personally miss cheddar cheese.  Can't say that i miss anything else as much, seems everything else i can find suitable replacement for, but have not found a good replacement for the cheese.  No I have not tried Diaya (sp?) yet, can't find it anywhere near where I live, and not a fan of buying just 1 or 2 items on line.

p.s.  Just out of curiosity, why do some spell vegan, veg*n? 

Funny thing: My BF ran out of cream cheese and we have tons of bagels so he used my "cream cheese" because he was hungry... At first he said my vegan cream cheese was "Gross" so I finally bought him some regular (Cheese is the only thing as of now I will buy for him)... After eating mine for a few weeks (He didn't have any) he said his tasted "Weird" and said he would finish up his but likes vegan cream cheese more now! Fuck yes! Getting closer no a vegan lover <3

Oh weird, my boyfriend has been eating the tofutti I buy (at 4.55 euros a container- yikes) and he mentioned just 2 days ago that maybe I could buy dairy cream cheese for him to use because it'd be cheaper. I was kinda hesitant to say okay but he said that he wanted to do a side by side taste comparison and I'm curious to see what he thinks now that he's used to the tofutti. he eats mostly vegan at home (except for this one bread he likes that has milk in in) but he eats meat for lunch when he's at work so unfortunately the cream cheese isn't going to make a big difference. but I think it's funny that both of us recently had cream cheese/bf situations.

LOL's :) Tofutti rulezzzz <3

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It was kind of funny coming upon this because just yesterday I was writing down a similar thought.  I used to LOVE cheese curds.  I'd eat a whole bag at a time.  The thought of actually eating one now makes me kind of ill, but I miss, for lack of a better term, the memory of eating them.  It gives me great perspective on my wants and needs.  Though I've made a conscious (and consciencious) decision not to eat stuff like that again, in no way does it stop me missing my "old" foods.  I think I'm better off with my memories, since it would taste pretty horrid to me now, anyway!

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I was preemptively covering myself in case someone said "you weren't supposed to say A, B, or C." When the original post says that you can't miss anything, the entire spirit of the thread is flawed.

I think the op was merely saying he only wanted to hear from people who miss something.  It was a polite way of saying "if you don't miss anything, then you're really not going to contribute anything useful to this thread, so please don't say it".

The fact that this thread was in Food Fight (as opposed to Kitchen Sink), made me feel as though it was open to dissension and interpretation. From experience, I've never really seen much tip-toeing around Food Fight. Am I wrong to think this?

ETA: Vegan is vegan. It's not a sliding scale--all vegans are "vegan enough."  I just worry about threads like this that are open to the public can send the wrong message, where people like Liere Keith can Google search and find forums where she sees vegans who are "pining away" for foods that they have "forbade" themselves. Then she can adulterate it and put it in a book. She did this to the PPK, and the whole idea of it makes me nervous.

what did she do to PPK?
fuck her is right!

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like others, i really miss cheese sometimes. i used to eat it on anything and everything. any kind, but especially havarti. and i miss foods like pizza, mac and cheese, and broccoli cheddar soup, etc. i avoid soy as much as possible, so i'm happy to have found daiya and some vegan rice cheese. and totally jumping on the cashew cheese wagon.

but i remember missing chicken at first, and now it's disgusting. then i missed seafood like sushi, and i get grossed out watching others eat it now (though being from Baltimore, sometimes i get a nostalgic hankering for steamed crabs). but i'm hoping my experience with cheese will be the same. hopehopehope.

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like others, i really miss cheese sometimes. i used to eat it on anything and everything. any kind, but especially havarti. and i miss foods like pizza, mac and cheese, and broccoli cheddar soup, etc. i avoid soy as much as possible, so i'm happy to have found daiya and some vegan rice cheese. and totally jumping on the cashew cheese wagon.

but i remember missing chicken at first, and now it's disgusting. then i missed seafood like sushi, and i get grossed out watching others eat it now (though being from Baltimore, sometimes i get a nostalgic hankering for steamed crabs). but i'm hoping my experience with cheese will be the same. hopehopehope.

I think the cheese obsession will pass... Like many here have said (myself included) it tastes sour when you haven't had it in awhile (For me like a year of being vegan)... I missed it until I accidentally ate a little on my pizza slice... Now I only miss the meltyness of it but not the taste... Vegan cheese needs to melt better! It's getting closer and closer to perfection though, I give it a couple more years and vegan cheese will be perfect

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what did she do to PPK?
fuck her is right!

She's the one who wrote "The Vegetarian Myth".  I'm not sure what she did to ppk, but I think she used a light hearted thread there and blew it out of proportion.  

Her book is apparently full of a lot of crap, unsubstantiated "facts", poorly researched, and is like "I failed and being a vegetarian, and forget about the millions of healthy vegetarians in the world, because I had an illness it had to be because of my diet and thus a vegetarian diet is wrong for all of those other healthy millions of people".

Fuck her.

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I believe that you can change your lifestyle for the better and never miss anything. I did that by getting married and not going out every weekend, by moving to Holland where shops aren't open 24/7, etc...

I used to love cheese, freaking love it...until I realized that dairy was linked to the veal industry. There is no way I'd eat it now unless it was vegan.

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Okay I'm so glad you guys brought up the convenience aspect. I wasn't going to post because I don't exactly have a particular food that I miss/crave etc., in part because I've tried so many new and more delicious goods, in part because I've experimented with many alternative recipes for my fave foods and in part because my tastes have changed. But I didn't realize what I was feeling I was missing until you said that about convenience---THAT is what i miss. Just being able to go to a restaurant on a whim and order what looks good without having to rack through the ingreidients in it etc. Or just swinging by a 'convenience' (guess not) store for a snack or a chocolate.

If I had to choose a food I miss most it would probably be pizza, but I have daiya cheese I want to experiment withand I'm excited to make my own crust so that's kinda making up for it at the moment.

I like the idea of the contest-like way to alleviate these food cravings! Any foods we should start with?

What cashew cheese recipes do you guys like best?

I don't know this Keith character....but I'm going to go google her.  8-)

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I'm sorry, but I don't miss anything. I am a big girl, and if I truly missed something and pined for it, I'd eat it. I'm not vegan to impress anybody else, I'm vegan for myself. And the party that would be let down and disappointed if I missed something and ate it would be me. I'm not upholding this ideal for image, and I don't miss anything about the old way that I ate. I can only imagine the stomachache that would ensue if I were to even consider eating any of that crap. I'm more than happy with the way I eat.

I agree with Ibarte and oww that the lifestyle that went with the old diet was easier, but obviously the vegan lifestyle is worth it, or else I wouldn't do it (as I'm sure they would say, too). Every day is worth it, planning ahead is worth it, taking my own food to potlucks is worth it. A little inconvenience on our part pays out 1000 times for the animals and even for ourselves down the road.

What makes it even better is that we're touching other people in our lives. I've loaned out cookbooks, printed out recipes, baked for other people, and they are cutting out meat, dairy, or processed foods. We're starting other people down the path. If we sit and talk about foods we miss, we're sending the wrong message. The point is to move on with our lives, grow, and never look back with regret. We're all so lucky to have the knowledge we do and to be on the path we are.

I love this, and agree totally.  I'm not vegan, but I'm just not able to eat something that suffered horribly just so I could eat it.  That pretty much ends meat for me. I don't miss any of it.  Anything that I would miss, I eat without torture - eggs from my (spoiled) hens are about it,  I haven't been able to find any milk from a cow who just felt like leaving it in my yard.  I like cookies better with coffee anyway.

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What cashew cheese recipes do you guys like best?

These totally do it for me:

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7126.0
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=10618.0
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=27096.0

And I also love another experiment-turned-regular-potluck-yummydip, inspired by http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=12960.0... Basically I take about 2 cups of raw cashews & grind 'em pretty fine; then add a few shakes each of liquid smoke, veg worcestershire sauce, hot sauce/ Tobasco, and Bragg's; sprinkle some garlic & paprika; add about 1-1/2 tsp yellow or dijon mustard, and about 1 cup of water (just barely enough for it to blend). Then I run it on 'ice crush' until my blender smokes (for those of you with non-crappy blenders, that means 'until it's very smooth'), tasting periodically to adjust seasonings (this is the best part! grin)... then move it to a serving bowl, sprinkle with paprika, & chill overnight... mmmmm, people always wanna lick the bowl (me too!!!).  :)

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What cashew cheese recipes do you guys like best?

These totally do it for me:

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7126.0
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=10618.0
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=27096.0

And I also love another experiment-turned-regular-potluck-yummydip, inspired by http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=12960.0... Basically I take about 2 cups of raw cashews & grind 'em pretty fine; then add a few shakes each of liquid smoke, veg worcestershire sauce, hot sauce/ Tobasco, and Bragg's; sprinkle some garlic & paprika; add about 1-1/2 tsp yellow or dijon mustard, and about 1 cup of water (just barely enough for it to blend). Then I run it on 'ice crush' until my blender smokes (for those of you with non-crappy blenders, that means 'until it's very smooth'), tasting periodically to adjust seasonings (this is the best part! grin)... then move it to a serving bowl, sprinkle with paprika, & chill overnight... mmmmm, people always wanna lick the bowl (me too!!!).  :)

I second the melty cheeze.  My daughter begs for mac and cheeze or broccoli casserole at least once a week make from this recipe. 

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I think the only thing that I really truly miss is being able to pick from about a 1000 different flavors of ice cream at the store. Between Ben & Jerry's, Umpqua, Hagen Daz, and Tillamook, there was never any chance of getting bored of a flavor as there was always another. Let's see, now we have a couple flavors from Tempt, a few flavors from Luna & Larry's, a couple good ones from Purely Decadent... and that sums it up. Lame with a side of freezer burn.

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Sushi. And most of my favorite desserts used dairy and/or eggs, like rice pudding and custard. I'm sure I can make rice pudding vegan, but custard is probably out of the question.

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Oh, and cream cheese!

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Oh, and cream cheese!

have you tried tofutti cream cheese?  it's awesome.

also, im sure if you do a google search for vegan custard more than a few will pop up.  theres a recipe in the joy of vegan baking for a really custardy filling.  theres probably a bunch of recipes on this site, too.

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There's also Bird's custard powder, which is vegan, and makes a great custard just mixed with soya milk. It's mostly a British thing, but I have seen it in the colonies. ;)

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There's also Bird's custard powder, which is vegan, and makes a great custard just mixed with soya milk. It's mostly a British thing, but I have seen it in the colonies. ;)

yep this is what I used in the UK if I ever wanted custard.

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Oh, and cream cheese!

have you tried tofutti cream cheese?  it's awesome.

also, im sure if you do a google search for vegan custard more than a few will pop up.  theres a recipe in the joy of vegan baking for a really custardy filling.  theres probably a bunch of recipes on this site, too.

Part of the issue is that I have to avoid soy (every once in a while is ok, but not on a frequent basis.) I'm finding that I miss that stuff less and less anyway though since I'm discovering all the delicious things I CAN eat!

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I am most puzzled by everyone who misses cheese. I think that is the one thing I could care less about not eating anymore. It was hardly palatable to me when I did eat dairy. Now the thought of melty cheese... *shudder*

There's also Bird's custard powder, which is vegan, and makes a great custard just mixed with soya milk. It's mostly a British thing, but I have seen it in the colonies. ;)

The colonies who threw tea in the harbor and ran away from home or the colonies that just sued their parents for emancipation?

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Both, though more frequently in the latter. In the former, it tends to hide out in places you'd find other 'foreign' foods. Polish grocers, even Asian food stores seem to have more in the way of Brit stuff.

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