200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Friday, January 8, 2010
My First Cheese
Lookit what I made last night! OK, OK, it looks more like wontons than cheese balls, but it tastes like mozzarella cheese. I know I said I wasn't going to do this until the weekend, but I had to stop at Stewarts for gas last night and thought, "since I'm here, I may as well buy milk." Then I got home and thought, "since the milk is here, I may as well see if I have everything I need to make cheese." It snowballed from there, and you see what happened.
As far as evenings go, this one was moderately interesting. This cheese is supposed to be 1/2 hour cheese. Never believe it when they say things like that! They don't count getting everything together or cleaning up afterward, or half of what happens in the middle. But that's not what made the evening interesting! The cats flushed a mouse from somewhere, and following our previously mentioned "all-the-animals-get-involved-in-killing-a-mouse" plan, Maggie took it from the cats and almost killed it. Then it used it's last gasp of life to run under the stove. While I was warming milk, stirring and holding a thermometer in the pot.
I pulled out the lower drawer, with rusty pieces of the stove fallen in it, and it was all of us clustered around the stove except Desmond, who was asleep. The cats going in and out, looking for the mouse, Maggie waiting for someone to bring it to her, and me, leaning waay forward, stirring milk. I sincerely hope the mouse made it all the way outside before it died!
My stove scares me. It's the only appliance left from the previous owner, and it's so old and gross that I refuse to use the oven. (I cooked a Thanksgiving turkey breast in the toaster oven.) How many more excuses do I need before I can buy a new stove!!
But the cheese - the cheese was very, very good! I may make pizza for dinner tonight (in the toaster oven), and use fresh mozzarella cheese. Mmmm.