How it Started
When I was 12, I found a blank ledger book. It was a treasure beyond treasure to me. I debated and debated about what to do with it - it had to be something special. Finally I decided to make a list of things I wanted to do and places I wanted to see in my life and then cross them off when I had accomplished them. At first they were simple things, but soon I was adding dramatic things, impossible things, but things still worth dreaming about. Oddly enough, putting them on the list somehow made them attainable. I have kept the book and updated the list my entire life. Here is the story behind some of the entries - successes and failures, embarrassing and proud moments, laughter and tears - the ridiculous to the sublime!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Make Cheese - DID IT
We got a good deal on a milk goat. "Good deal" is a relative term. I will detail the downside of owning a milk goat later, but for now suffice to say we had a lot of milk with which to make cheese. It's labor intensive to say the least; milk the goat, strain the milk, add the rennet, stir the pot while warming (cooked it - oops), incubate (spoiled - oops), strain curds, squeeze, wrap, then age (molded - oops). Lots of variables means lots of ways for things to go wrong. Finally a successful batch of creamy white soft cheese... that tasted AWFUL! I threw it out and tried again... and again... and again. Eventually I decided cheesemaking was not my path to wealth and fame in a foodie world.
Years later when goat cheese became a grocery store staple, I bought some organic, farm-made goat cheese and discovered it tasted exactly like the stuff I had made and thrown away. Turns out it's supposed to taste that bad! I've grown to like it on my salad and in some sauce dishes, but I didn't know that at the time.
Remind me to tell you about making goat yogurt!