Wednesday, August 06, 2008
In Case Anyone is Wondering
Why I haven't posted or called or written or anything....
I am up to my neck in peppers. Chris brought this basket in from the garden yesterday. Jack said, "Mommy, aren't you a little annoyed with Daddy's garden yet?"
The answer is, well, YES.
These are banana peppers and mariachi peppers. How many of these can one family eat? They were picked a bit prematurely so we are ripening them in bags with tomatoes, a good source of ethylene, a chemical that hastens ripening in peppers. Thank goodness for my husband I am a Food Scientist.
Speaking of Food Science, I embraced The Dairy Queen within this week and made two types of homemade cheese and homemade peach ice cream. The first cheese was ricotta - a cinch to make. Cooking Light has a very easy recipe here. The cheese was really good, by the way. I was left, however, with over a gallon of whey. I went to my oracle to ask what to do with the whey and found a recipe for Norwegian Gjotest Cheese. Pretty much all I had to do to make this unusual cheese was to slowly simmer the whey for a long time - about 5 hours- in an open pot and then scrape it into a greased pan.
It wasn't much effort. That's a good thing because if it had been, I would be pretty disappointed in the results. I think that the cheese came out as it was supposed to, but this isn't a cheese I would ever want to eat twice. It is, if this is even possible, extremely tangy, extremely salty and extremely sweet all at once. And, I mean EXTREMELY. It looks like a piece of caramel fudge. Very odd indeed.
I'll be finding another use for my ricotta whey, folks.
Off to swim with my little guy. One week until school starts and I become a grown up person again.