This is Grandma V and Grandpa B on their wedding day.
Isn’t she beautiful? We lost her about 5 years ago.
Isn’t he handsome? We’re living with him now. Most days he watches “Let’s Make A Deal”, eats smoked salmon and coughs like he’s trying to spit out a large chicken bone. Maybe it’s a smoked salmon bone. Do salmon have bones?
People always told me that I was a lot like Grandma V. We’re both musical (although I didn’t get her gift of perfect pitch), we both love cooking, and we both smile with our eyes. I was ( and continue to be) proud to be her granddaughter.
However, Grandma V and I are also different . Very, very different.
Grandma really liked birds. So much so that she has bird figurines everywhere. Everywhere. The only place that she doesn’t have bird figurines is where she has decorative birdhouses.
a) I don’t like clutter.
b) I don’t like birds. Really, I might have a bird phobia. It all started with a hissing goose and has gradually gotten worse.
Additionally, my cooking style is a lot different from Grandma V. Some of her best dishes were green enchiladas (full of cheese), Mexican lasagna (tortillas and enchilada sauce layered with cheese), potato soup (topped with cheese) and something really special we called Tomato Cheese Rabbit. This didn’t actually involve rabbit, but it did, in fact, involve cheese.
And as you know, I don’t cook with cheese (or rabbit, for that matter). But today I made something that totally reminded me of Grandma V.
And then I tasted one and was immediately transported to Grandma V’s dinner table. They tasted just like a dish called “Cream Cheese Balls.” Certainly my mom has the recipe somewhere, but I think the original ingredients were cream cheese, egg, walnuts and maybe some breadcrumbs.
It’s the tofu that makes them creamy because other than the breadcrumbs, the two recipes share not one ingredient. No matter, I ate half the recipe and then my mom stopped by.
“Taste these,” I commanded.
“They taste just like cream cheese balls!” she exclaimed.
And then, while she was enjoying the walk down memory lane, I snuck a cardinal figurine into her purse.
Vegan Cream Cheese Balls
1/2 lb. firm tofu
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 TBS peanut butter
1 TBS Braggs liquid aminos
1/4 cup finely chopped onion.
Mash all ingredients together. Roll into meatball size balls, then roll in flour. Fry in olive oil over medium heat until crisp and brown.