- JUST BLOOMED TODAY
- GARDEN UPDATE
- PRETTY CHEESY
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- GARDEN GOODIES-RECIPES
|Note the little hand pulling the feeder closer!|
- They chewed the wires to the hot water heater so it almost caused a fire.
- Dug under the bathtub enclosure and you can hear them crawling around there. I swear when taking a bath, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if a squirrel head didn't pop right thru!
- Ate all my lettuces...through a fenced in area. Twice.
- Dug numerous holes and burrows until the ground is riddled with them
- Ate baby bulbs sticking their heads out
- Got in my chicken coop and ate their feed
I'm pretty excited about today's topic! For those of you who have never made any type of cheese, please don't be intimidated! Yes, it IS a process, but doable and I'm going to tell you how.
Today's cheese is an unusual one. Variations of this cheese can be found throughout Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. It's called Quark.
A creamy, fresh cheese, quark curds come together to form something magical with a gentle tang. It is spreadable, a cross between sour cream and ricotta cheese, with a mild tang. Here's the recipe! If you end up making it, please share with all of us how it turned out! Following this article, in the GARDEN GOODIES section, are two recipes using your homemade quark.
SHARE OUR GARDEN RECIPE #003 QUARK
Total time: 25 minutes, plus 1 to days setting and draining times
Serving: a generous cup of quark.
2 cups of whole milk
1 cup cultured buttermilk
In a stainless steel, heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat and set aside until the milk is cooled. Whisk in the buttermilk.
Transfer the mixture to a glass, ceramic or plastic container, and set aside at room temperature until the mixture is thickened, with a consistency similar to yogurt or creme fraiche, about 1 day.
Transfer the mixture to a cheesecloth-lined strainer set over a bowl. Refrigerate overnight to drain the whey from the cheese. The whey (or liquid draining out) should be clear, not cloudy, as it is drained.
Use as desired. Store in a glass, ceramic or plastic container. Cover and refrigerate up to four days. Be sure to check out GARDEN GOODIES for two recipes and some fantastic ideas on what to do with your quark!
What to do with quark cheese!
- With a gentle tang similar to yogurt and a smooth texture, quark cheese can be used in a variety of recipes, whether you are thinking sweet or savory.
- Use it as you would yogurt, stirring in some granola and fresh fruit for an easy, on-the-go breakfast
- Spread it over toast or bagels or in-between sandwich layers for a little extra tang and richness
- Dollop it over potatoes or rich pasta dishes, even ragu.
- Lighten it with a little whipped cream and a grating of fresh lemon zest and use it to fill crepes or cream puffs
- Use it as a filling for omelets, frittatas or ravioli
- Use it as a filling in cheesecake or strudels
- Make the perfect dip or spread by simply mixing it with a little fresh goat cheese, paprika and chopped chives.