I tried a new method of separating the curds and whey to make this soft cheese. The recipe calls for citric acid and I have a confession to make. The first time I tried it nothing happened. And then I looked at the container I had taken out of the drawer and it was the bicarbonate of soda! I am not sure how I made the mistake but I managed to rescue my recipe, and looked forward to testing it again with the correct ingredient.
For a very long time I have always been the one to adjust my plans to suit others. There will be moments when my anger at this comes out. But not often enough. I can remember in my twenties having a friend who was constantly late. And the one time I went to fetch her at the time she asked, she was only just getting into the bath. I stormed out of the house with heated words, and let her find her own way to where ever we were going that night. I love making plans and having people to see. And I don’t mind at all meeting them at a place of their choosing and a time to suit them. I will plan my entire day around that person so that I can keep the arrangement. But last week I ended up angry.
I made no plans for my day other than to spend time with one person who wanted to see me. There was no set time so my day had to be extremely flexible to ensure I was available with 5 minutes notice. I agreed to this as it would not impact on my work. But well after office hours I received a message to say they were not able to make the appointment they had asked for. And would I be amenable to shifting it to the following day? Ordinarily I would have said yes, and compromised myself. But this time I said “no”. I could see no reason to reschedule my entire day because they could not organize their day properly. And if the meeting never takes place that is also OK. Because the next time I am asked to get together I will be setting the time and place to suit me.
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- 1 l milk
- 60 mls tepid water
- 6.25 mls citric acid
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
- Place the milk into a heavy bottom sauce pan and bring to a simmer over a medium temperature
- Place the water into a small jug and add the citric acid
- Stir to dissolve and then pour into the milk
- Stir the milk until it starts to curdle
- Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 15 minutes
- Place a muslin cloth into a strainer and place the strainer over a bowl
- Strain the curds until the liquid has drained out, then squeeze the muslin to make sure you get all the liquid out
- Season to taste and use immediately or refrigerate and use within a day or two
Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime August 30:
Do you compromise your day to fit other people into your life?