October 16, 2010

Say Cheese!!


I went to a cheese course!!!! I can't stop telling everyone. As a foodie who loves loves cheese, this is somewhat a dream come true for me. I chanced upon a little sign for a one day cheese making course and I absolutely had to go!!! So excited.

Upon arrival, there were samples of the cheeses that we were going to make all laid out for us to try!!  In order, the pictures are of mascarpone (and yes those black specks you see are from a vanilla pod!), feta, and my absolute favourite, camembert.




Mmmm...goey, creamy, camembert...

We also learnt how to make quarg (cream cheese), and yoghurt, but I was too busy eating that I kinda forgot to take photos of those. *sheepish*

Morning tea was also provided, and the lovely Susan baked little yummy cheesecakes...


...that we promptly smothered in strawberries and mascarpone. hehe.


Lunch consisted of spinach and ricotta cannelloni, with ricotta that we'd MADE THAT MORNING!!!!!!!! How awesome is that?? This is what I call instant gratification!


There was also a grilled chicken and haloumi salad that was so good, when I went back for seconds all the haloumi was gone!!!! (Well, there were a couple of pieces, but there was no way that I could get at them without being very unslightly and rather uncivilised.)


And a Greek Salad with feta that we were learning how to make. =)


It was so exciting learning the cheese making process! Cheese making does take a good part of your day, so it takes a while in that sense, but IT'S SO EASY!!

And so pretty. Look at the pretty camembert settling in their hoops.


Isn't it just poetry in motion?

And the cheese cloth straining with the weight of creamy mascarpone just gets me so excited that I want to run around the room like a child on a sugar high. Cheese high. Food high. Heheheheheheheheheehhehe.


Isn't it just absolutely GORGEOUS????? Oh what a thing of beauty!!

I swear I'm never buying cheese again. Unless it's blue. Or crumbly. Cause I can't make those. Ok, I'm never buying soft cheeses again!!

Oh, and we got to bring home a wheel of camembert, a container of feta, containers of mascarpone and yoghurt! Swag!

Contact:
The Cheesemaking Workshop
Ph: (02) 9958 0909 or 0412 145 017
Email: susanmeagher@optusnet.com.au
www.thecheesemakingworkshop.com.au

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10 Comments:

At October 16, 2010 at 2:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Tams, I can feel your excitement all 2700km away, hah!

I want to steal that vanilla-flecked mascarpone and eat it with everything.

All those food pics are making me super hungry. That is bad, for it is now close to 12am here.

Cheese, cheese, lovely cheese *sings*

I have a feeling brekkie will be omelette du fromage. ;)

xoxo,
fiona

 
At October 16, 2010 at 10:46 PM , Anonymous Julie said...

Damn its on coffs harbour! I heart cheese too! Good on you for taking the course maybe you should like share us some secrets =p. I want to to try making labna! One day .. just one day

 
At October 17, 2010 at 1:37 AM , Blogger Tambourine said...

Fi: hehe isn't it so cool!!! There should be a food equivalent of a "band geek", and I'm proud to be that! Omelette du fromage..et champignons?

Julie: I actually attended one in NSW!! Just email Susan, she's got the details. =) Come by sometime and we can eat cheese together! hehe. Cheese.

 
At October 17, 2010 at 2:09 PM , Anonymous Celeste @ Berrytravels said...

all this cheese is making me crave soft cheese something crazy. I went to look on the website and it's all in NSW! Oh dear. =(

I was hoping I'd be able to go along too! Maybe it's time to plan an NSW holiday.

 
At October 17, 2010 at 9:30 PM , Anonymous Gianna@TheEmptyFridge said...

Tammi this is honestly my idea of heaven!! Its going on the "to do" list for sure :)

is this the same mascarpone you used for your tea-ramisu? oh im going to be dreaming about this tonight!!

 
At October 17, 2010 at 11:07 PM , Blogger Tambourine said...

Celeste: Oh do yes. We could maybe arrange to do the blue cheese one together!!

Gianna: Yes! This is where I learnt to make the mascarpone. Then I went home and made a fresh batch. =) We need to organize a cheese day for all the cheese-loving food bloggers. =)

 
At October 25, 2010 at 12:36 AM , Blogger Ying said...

Oh man... The cheesecakes and the grilled chicken salad looks REALLY REALLY GOOD..

I want some naaaooo ): ): ):

& babe, feta cheese with sun-dried tomatoes in oil & wild rocket on rosemary flat-bread is THE MOST kick-ass combi for flat-bread pizza.

Promise.

Even better than the meat and cheese versions. I bet you'll LOVE IT.

Missing you tons here in Singapore. ):

Oh & hee hee. Thanks for putting a picture of me and my burger up on your blog. I feel like a mini celebrity. Hee hee!

 
At October 25, 2010 at 10:46 AM , Blogger Tambourine said...

Mel: I'm so addicted to Haloumi man. I was so-so about it at first, but after that salad, it was like I can't get enough!

I will definitely try that pizza combo! I'm currently loving home-marinaded eggplant, ricotta and spinach combos.

 
At October 26, 2010 at 1:26 PM , Blogger Ying said...

What's Haloumi?

 
At October 26, 2010 at 2:00 PM , Blogger Tambourine said...

It's pressed cheese. The cheese pieces in the grilled chicken salad..

 

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