Day 2 Jamaica trip 2024

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I’m writing this post a few weeks after returning to Ottawa but the next few days I wrote while I was in Jamaica. It was a very busy trip but this was a day I got to stay at the resort. Jewel Paradise Cove while my friend figured out our plans for the remainder of the week.  The resort posts the activity schedule on the app, on tv’s in the room, and on a screen in the lobby. I had seen that there was a resort tour at 11:00. I have stayed in many resorts and it usually the company that you booked with doing these tours. I liked that there was no need to wait for a specific tour rep and the hotel was doing this. My friend was out up and early for the garden tour. I slept in and went for breakfast at 10:30. I wanted my friend to come in the hotel tour with me because I have no sense of direction but we later discovered we weren’t getting each others text messages and I thought she was still on the garden tour.  I had received my friends text that she was disappointed there were no plantai

Vegan hollandaise substitute



 

I only became vegan a year ago and one of my favourite things when I was vegetarian was hollandaise sauce. There are no restaurants near where I live that serve vegan hollandaise and the ones I have tried in the past were not even close to being a regular hollandaise. 

A long time ago I worked in restaurants. One of the restaurants would get hollandaise as a powder. I have not seen any commercial vegan hollandaise sauce in stores near me. I went in search of an accidentally vegan hollandaise powder but I couldn’t find any. 

In another restaurant I worked at we made the hollandaise from scratch and I remember the process being similar to making mayonnaise except using butter and whisking over heat. My next option was to attempt to make a homemade version. I didn’t know where to start could I use a vegan mayo as a base? 

I looked up some recipes they had common ingredients mustard, turmeric, black salt, and lemon I had all of these except lemon. There were different variations using nutritional yeast, tofu, vegan cream cheese but when I saw the one that used cashews I thought perfect. I have living tree foods cream cheese it’s garlic and chive flavour but that is okay. 


I got out the ingredients I thought might work. I didn’t have much of the cream cheese or vegan mayo left so I thought I would combine the two. The recipes I saw said to blend hot water with the ingredients. I put too much water in so I went to look for something to thicken it with. I added nutritional  yeast it was still to thin. I found Tofutti sour cream in my fridge and it was perfect. I added everything to the magic bullet and blended.

It tastes okay but was to watery and I felt it was missing something. As I was debating on heating it up to thicken it I realized the whole point of hollandaise is to eat butter. I melted vegan butter in the pan and slowly heated the mixture up while stirring. 

The consistency was good but the flavour still wasn’t right. I am trying to use up my smoked paprika and dried parsley so I added that salt and pepper. The taste was good but a lemon would have helped. 

The taste and texture are good not exactly like a hollandaise but a pretty good substitute. Recipe below let me know if you try it. 

Recipe 

2 TBSP cashew cream cheese 

1 TBSP vegan mayo 

2 TBSP vegan sour cream 

1/4 cup vegan butter 

1 tsp turmeric powder 

1 tsp mustard 

1/2 cup warm water 

I/4 tsp black salt (kala namak)

A few drops hot sauce (optional)

A squeeze of lemon 

Spices -whatever you like 

Salt and pepper 

Blend everything except vegan butter in a blender I used a magic bullet. In a pan over low medium heat melt butter. Add blended mixture while stirring over heat for a few minutes sauce will thicken as it cooks. Once sauce boils take off heat. Let cool to thicken, 

 

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