It is not easy to be Italian and having to prepare meals that do not contain tasty cheeses and mozzarella. I always thought that life for Vegans or lactose intolerant was unfair.. I had tried some vegan cheeses but they did not melt so I had given up..
A week ago I went to London to meet my friend Vincenzo. To surprise me, his mum prepared some amazing “calzoni” (kind of Cornish pastry for the shape, but similar to a pizza for taste and ingredients) with a very tasty and melted cheese. They were delicious. If I did not know that Vincenzo is vegan, I would have thought that the cheese was a real one… However Vincenzo’ s smile and cheeky face was telling me: “What did you say about Vegan cheese?”
Finally I can say that the Vegan food industry has made progresses with cheese and, few days after my visit to Vincenzo, I went to the shop and bought the magic vegan cheese.
As I had some rice left from the day before, I decided to use it prepare a cult Italian dish that Italians (or better said Sicilians) prepare when they have some rice they want to recycle: Arancini!