Tonight I ratted through my kitchen cupboards for some things.
I can cook. I can bake. But I’m neither a cook or a baker. So, I ratted through my cupboards for stuff I needed. Or, more specifically, stuff that would suffice.
I’m used to having the tools I want specific to the task I want them to perform, but I’m not a cook. Therefore, I do not have specific tools for baking or cooking, but more multipurpose stuff. I do not have a blender or other processing style stuff, but I make do!
I tried a homemade cheese at a dear friends house when I was visiting my hometown.
Now she IS a cook. I’ve never been disappointed with anything she serves, and have always been impressed when we dine there.
So she gave me a taste of this yummy cheese and I loved it, and politely asked how hard it was to make.
She enthusiastically sent me the recipe via text, either having no or complete faith in me. If I asked her, she’d say ‘complete faith’ but I reckon she had no expectations of me even looking at the recipe again. Let alone having a go at it.
Well, I was intrigued, so I checked the recipe on the long drive home and got all inspired.
Then I went to the shops.
Got the stuff.
Googled some advice on straining things.
Then I got brave!
So. In my fridge went a bowl. With a colander in it. And a Chux in the colander. (According to Google you can use a Chux instead of Muslin, which I don’t have).
In the Chux is 1kg of Natural Greek Yoghurt with salt added. Then it needed to be left alone in a cool dark place ( a fridge?) to strain for up to 24 hours or until firm.
I like to be alone to strain too, so I understand.
Then I sprinkled oregano everywhere, and rolled bits of the yumminess in it, then plopped them into the jar – with olive oil, peppercorns and thyme.
Looks just like the real one, and tastes wonderful!
I am now thinking about different combinations of herbs and marinade to use….mmmmmm