Wednesday, May 23, 2018

🐭 Alpine Cheese - SUCCESS!!! 🐭


Hello my cheesy friends :)

I haven't written much on this blog in a while...the Cheddar fails nearly broke my cheese making spirit...and I didn't even mention my Dry Jack cheese fail (we opened it May 1st and it was sour!)...I nearly gave up on the cheese making. In fact, I wasn't going to renew this domain name but Alex encouraged me. I'm so glad he did. The Alpine cheese I made last October was a success!!! :) (I will find time shortly to post the recipe!) Aging it for 7 months made it really flavourful.

This is a "Baby Swiss" cheese. I had so many issues with it because I couldn't seal it properly due to its size. I had to cut it and seal it and that created too many pockets for mold so half the cheese was wasted, but what was left (above) tasted like a mix between Parmesan and Jarslberg!!


I was so encouraged that a few days later I put together a nice cheese platter for dinner. EVERYTHING on this platter was homemade or homegrown! (Except the red wine!) We had dinner on the screened-in veranda...yup, the black flies have emerged! We opened up the last of my homemade Camemberts...


...with my homemade No Knead Bread, I made a Quick Mozzarella, picked some homegrown Buttercrunch lettuce and Alex cubed up the Alpine cheese.


I made some Sour Cream and added a bit of Homemade Yogurt with maple syrup and it kind of tasted SLIGHTLY like Philly cream cheese! This was motivating, so I made my Boursin style cheeses, one with homegrown chives and one with candied cranberries. I also made a Cilantro Bruschetta (with homegrown chives and cilantro) and some Apple Butter. What a feast, and I'm so proud that NOTHING was processed! :)


Later on we decided to celebrate my cheese making with some Tom Collins'. :) It's a nice refreshing drink with lemon, gin and fuzzy water. :) Oscar the cat approved. :)


Walking the dogs each morning on the mountain brings me so much joy. Life is back to normal. The next rainy day I'll be making some more Alpine cheese and Cams! :) I hope to try a new recipe this summer now that my motivation is back. :)

10 comments:

Marsha said...

I am so glad you haven't given up on cheese making. You seemed to love it so much! Congrats on the yummy swiss cheese. Your platter if food looks lovely too. All that homemade goodness in one place. I hadn't heard of anyone drinking a Tom Collins in years. My parents used to have them in the summertime.

Rain said...

Hi Marsha :) I'm so glad I didn't give up too. It was hard, you know, having so many fails then having no time...but I'm back! :) I forget what triggered out desire for a Tom Collins...it was likely from a movie. I just remember Alex saying "Hmmm...how about a Tom Collins tonight?" :)

Magic Love Crow said...

You go girl! You are so talented Rain! You should write a cook book Rain! I bet it would do really well and you could include pictures of your dogs and the beautiful area you live in!!
"About the mint." Buy yourself a little plant. They are cheap, like $2.00-$3.00. Plant it outside, where it can spread, because it will spread!! It loves acidic soil. I don't know what to tell you, I don't even water mine! LOL! It has grown to almost 5 feet across. When it gets really growing, I will take more pictures. This is after roughly 6 years of growing. Mine is in shade and sun.
Big Hugs!

Martha said...

Hi Rain! That is great news about the cheese. I can only imagine how happy that made you. Everything looks so delicious. Nothing like homemade goodness. That view from the mountain is awesome! I could wake up to that every day :) I love that there's water included, which is something really important to me.

Fundy Blue said...

Your cheese platter for dinner looked scrumptious, Rain! Cheese is one of my most favorite foods. I could eat it every meal, every day. The view from the mountain is spectacular! Lucky you!

Guillaume said...

Looks delicious. And I love the cat.

Rain said...

Hmmm...seems I'm not getting my notifications for comments on any of my blogs! So sorry for the late replies my friends! I'll have to subscribe to my own blog posts now lol! :)

Hi Magic Love Crow :) Oh what a nice idea about the book! That's always been a dream of mine to write a book...but now that you are suggesting to add food to it, hmmmm... :) I did buy a mint plant!!! But...I'm keeping it indoors since we're moving next year, but I will definitely do this when we buy our property, thanks for the advice!!

Rain said...

Thanks Martha :) I'm so pleased about this Alpine cheese. I needed that boost! Water is VERY important to me too. I don't feel right if I'm not near a natural body of water!!

Rain said...

Thanks Louise :) The cheese plate was so yummy...I want to eat that every day but then I'd be a thousand pounds lol...

Rain said...

Thanks Guillaume :)