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Se7en Discover Cheese in the River Cottage Cook Book…

August 20th, 2010 · 24 Comments

So it is time for another River Cottage Update… and we have mastered the next section in the book: Cheese!!!

 

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Now the cheese section is a sub-section in the chapter on Milk and we learnt so much in the milk section that I thought everyone would want a bot of a break to consolidate… but no!!! Butter making is mastered, yogurt making is now routine and we have learnt to make cheese – and this is so much fun!!! Somehow making it yourself makes everything so much more edible!!!!

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Our cheese adventure began with an outing to the cheese factory and meeting the baby goats and all that the cheese factory had to offer!!!

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And cheese tasting is the new Se7en sport… chilli cheese, olive cheese, vynbos cheese – yummy!!!

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And then we began cooking:

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  • Pasta Carbonara: I often make cheesy noodles as a twenty minute meal for a quick supper, well I have discovered that if you add bacon bits and some eggs… then you have a real recipe called “Carbonara” and is this a family favorite!!! Quick easy and great comfort food!!!
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  • Cheesecake: This was a lot more intensive than our usual cheesecake, Well it really was the water bath to bake it that challenged my kids – it’s all about learning new skills!!! And was it well worth it!!! Just the usual biscuit base, cream cheese, eggs and cream…bake… cool eat!!!
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  • Cheese Straws: These are really a savory shortbread packed with cheese… and opinions were unanimous: Delicious!!!
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  • Finally Cream Cheese: Just as you make yogurt by warming milk and adding a big scoop of live yogurt, to make cream cheese you very gently and only slightly warm cream and add a “glug” of buttermilk.

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    Leave it to stand somewhere warm overnight. Then let it drip and drain through a muslin cloth for a couple of hours.

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    And then it is ready to eat…

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    You can add herbs or berries – anything and it’s totally delicious!!!

And on to the next chapter… eggs…

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With omelets and custard and pancakes and meringues… and lots, lots more… I know I can’t wait!!!

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