I was rearranging my pantry yesterday and came across a jar of Branston Pickle. Yummm…. Branston Pickle is GOOD! I’m used to eating it on crusty bread with cheddar cheese so now what am I going to eat it with?
Hmmm…. I know, I’ll make my version of a plant-based Ploughman’s Lunch!
What is a Ploughman’s Lunch? A ploughman’s lunch is an English cold meal which consists of cheese, chutney, and bread. Additional items such as boiled eggs, ham, and pickled onions may be added. As its name suggests, it is more commonly consumed as a midday snack.
I still can’t decide what to call this cheese (cheeze?) concoction so it’s just “Cheddar Cheeze Spread”. It gets firm’ish the fridge overnight, which is nice, but is also runny when first made if you prefer a sauce type thing. Dip, spread, sauce… make it work for whatever you want!
Things missing in my version of a Ploughman’s Lunch – apple slices (goes with the cheeze!), a bowl of my new Crockpot Spiced Red Cabbage with Apples & Pears, pickled onions (started a batch yesterday, only 5 weeks and 6 days left till those are ready!), pickled asparagus (fermenting on my counter now!), baked english beans (recipe coming soon!), cold sliced potatoes (goes GREAT with the cheese and pickle!) and hmm….. still thinking!
No but seriously, if you don’t want to eat this with bread, try cold baked potato slices! Really good!
Cheddar Cheeze Spread
- 1/2 cup cashews (soak overnight if you don’t have a high-speed blender)
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk (or whatever you prefer)
- 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tiny clove of garlic
- big pinch of onion powder
- Blend in high-speed blender until smooth. Refrigerate overnight for a thicker consistency.
Easy French Bread
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 4 cups bread flour (or something with at least 4 g protein per serving)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 packet yeast (2 1/4 tsp worth)
- Add ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed. Use the French setting, larger loaf. Turn on and let it make you bread!
- You can also take the dough out once the machine is done kneading it, split it into two long shaped loaves. Place each loaf in a separate bowl and cover with a towel to rise, about an hour.
- Bake at 400 for 15-20 mins, rotating the pan around half way through.