Of course Roquefort is not so far from us either, but here's the rub - the steriods I've been given to get rid of the thyroid gland problems, which I'll have to take for at least two months, require me to avoid salt. "Mainly avoid cheese and charcuterie," said the specialist, cheerfully.
Sigh. After a few days into this sans-fromage diet, I was beginning to dream of cheese, and remembered that we have a recipe book with a couple of lovely pages of home-made fresh cheeses!
It's actually a book of Bible-lands recipes, looking at the historical, geographical and social influences on the cooking that Jesus ate (WWJE?).
Ooooh, LOOK at those cheeses! And if I made them myself, I could leave out the salt...
You'll see that the first recipe is for yoghurt cheese, and we have a (secondhand) youghurt maker, in use several times a week. Here goes for youghurt cheese...When it's made, line a colander with boiled cheesecloth :) and pour in the youghurt. Just let it drip...Tie the cheesecloth over the top and squash it flat with a plate and a tin of kidneybeans if you want to copy me exactly!
And a bit over 24 hours later, you have a load of whey (not found a use for that, yet) and some very convincing cream cheese.Who'd have thought it was so easy? I finished the first lot at lunchtime and have another colander on the go at the moment - I shall try some of the flavoured cheeses this time.Now, although I'm tag and award-free due to lack of time, I have accepted a tag from Temps Perdu. How could I resist a Helsinki blogger who finds such great vintage beauties to photograph? And loves France and French?
So I have to tell you seven things you might not know about me:
- I can make cheese! Oops, you knew that.
- I won a poetry contest in Devon with a poem about Exeter Cathedral - I think I was 14.
- I also did a project which won two season tickets for what became English Heritage - we visited loads of castles and stone circles that year! Loved it.
- I am half Welsh, quarter English and quarter Irish.
- My sons are half of the above, and half a mixture of English, including Jewish and Gipsy.
- I am trained as (and do a bit of private work as) a teacher for dyslexic children and adults.
- I live in the Foie Gras-producing area of France but I hate the stuff.