product review, recipe

allium cepa uber alles?

Celifibr has actually quite delicious vegan beef and chicken bouillon cubes – recommended to me by an omnivore who swears by them as his standby non-homemade stock.

the chicken broth was instrumental in adding a little depth and dimension to the totally frigging awesome onion soup i made recently from a whackload of onions and an open and undrank bottle of Fin Du Monde i found  in my kitchen one morning.

honestly the soup was pretty damn good as was, with just a bay leaf and some black pepper, but this morning i added a healthy glug of olive oil, some sautéed king mushrooms and some potatoes and garlic that i baked the shit out of in a bath of the aforementioned broth, then topped it with some parmigiano-reggiano and a borderline rancid 5-year old cheddar and mother of god was it admirable. an admirable soup. i look forward in eager anticipation to trying out the beef broth for a good ol’ french onion endeavour and maybe in future some manner of vegan beef n’ ale pie.

in mtl, i’ve found the celifibr at Les Douceurs du Marché (in the Atwater market), but it shouldn’t be too hard to find elsewhere.


4 thoughts on “allium cepa uber alles?

  1. notopatio says:

    These are the only kind I use any more. In reference to your previous post, too, they also assist in making a damn fine gravy with mushrooms. But I find the chicken vastly superior to the beef, but that’s likely a problem of me just generally not loving “beefy” broths.

    And thanks for reminding me that I have one lonely cube left in my pantry. The only problem is that I always forget which stores sell them, and which stores sell the impostor brand that looks deceptively similar but tastes like Mr. Noodle flavour packet. Gross.

    • stillcrapulent says:

      i too vastly prefer the chicken! harvest sun also makes some good herb/onion/mushroom cubes, although at least for the third of that series, i’d rather just use the water from rehydrated mushrooms with a little soy and pepper and beer.

      • i can’t even handle harvest sun, i used to buy it occasionally in Victoria and it smelled like rehydrated hippies to me. the taste wasn’t so bad, but the smell puts me off. i use Better than Bouillon now, which is expensive but lasts a heck of a long time. they used to make a veggie chicken stock that was amazing but i haven’t been able to find it in a while. i shall look for this one though!

  2. Pamela says:

    Ahhh, perpetual technological woes. That last comment was from me. I keep forgetting to log out of this stupid account.

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