Posted in Cheesepalooza, Holidays

Halloween and Cheese

It’s Halloween! K is going as Fun Dip. J and I are handing out candy.

There was no cheese making this month but that just means double the cheese making next month and double the cheese blogging as well. In preparation for my October cheese choice, my family and I have tried 3 different feta’s this month, Cow, goat and sheep! Thanks to the Italian Centre in Little Italy, which is right up the hill from my house!

Until next month my friendly cheesepalooza enthusiasts!

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Posted in About Me, Chévre, Cheesepalooza, Nightshade Free, Vegetarian Food

Cheesepalooza – Adventures in Cheese Making

I’m very late in my posting for September……It’s almost November and I am still trying to catch up…….What can I say, other than it’s been a very busy month!

I made cheese with my partners in crime back in September! That night we tried our hands at chévre, had a cheese tasting and made bikini rolls.

For dinner at our cheese making night we made Bikini Rolls from this blog. http://toostinkincute.blogspot.ca/2012/08/bikini-rolls.html They were very tasty and very healthy, helping to balance out our heavy on the cheese consuming night!

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I really enjoyed the chévre! I liked how it picked up the flavors and scent of the seasoning/herbs. My favorite by far was the peppercorn one. One of my partners in cheese crime @seelprojects decided to jar her chévre in fresh herbs and olive oil. You can find her blog HERE! This is something I would like to try in the coming future. I think with my remaining vacation this year, I am going to need to take a staycation and make cheese! I’m thinking in December when the world is frozen over and I have no desire to leave my house. My other cheese partner in crime @hcgardiner made a very fancy chocolate orange chévre and her blog can be found HERE!

I am enjoying the cheese making thus far and am on a time crunch for this month as I have chosen to do Feta and haven’t started yet! So my blog post of my cheese making might be a tad late for October as well. It will be the first cheese I am making without my cheese partners in crime, so wish me luck!

Tasting Notes:

  • Appearance:   creamy – like cream cheese
  • Nose (aroma):  It doesn’t really have an aroma
  • Overall Taste:   Pleasant
  • Sweet to Salty: In the middle.
  • Mild (mellow) to Robust to Pungent (stinky):  Medium.
  • Mouth Feel: (gritty, sandy, chewy, greasy, gummy, etc.):  creamy and smooth.

Here is the end result of the mayhem from the night! At our cheese tasting I tried two new cheeses that I had never had before coconut cheese and herbed halloumi. The coconut cheese was a little piece of heaven!

Left over cheese!
Posted in Cheesepalooza, Nightshade Free, Ricotta, Vegetarian Food

Cheesepalooza

I’m a bit behind in my blogging. August’s cheese was Ricotta. My cheese making partner’s and I attempted to make cow and goat ricotta.  The goat failed miserably but the cow ricotta was a success.

Here’s some pics from our process.

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A big shout out to Shift Mama for her awesome cameo hand pics during cheese making!

Thanks to Untamed Feast, I turned my ricotta into a forest blend mushroom ricotta spread. I used their forest mushroom blend and their morel mushroom spread recipe to create my spread. My family loved it, but I forgot to take pics of it.

September is upon us and the cheese for this month is Chévre. I am greatly looking forward to this one and thinking of doing a peppercorn Chévre.