Posts Tagged ‘cheese’

When the dairy cancelled their goats milk contract in favour of cheaper imported milk, Alan and Angela decided to go into cheese making!

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Where the cheese starts!When the dairy cancelled their local goats milk contract and started to import cheaper goat’s milk from abroad, Alan and Angela were left with a herd of 300 goats producing hundreds of litres of milk each day and no customer!  They quickly had to change their business and so they decided to go into cheese making.

We’re so glad – because as a result they now make the best goats cheese we’ve tasted!

Delicious blue goats cheese!
The goats are milked by hand and the cheese is made by hand in small batches almost every day.  What makes their artisan cheese so unique is that the person who milks the goats is the person who makes the cheese! Its a labour of love and produces outstanding artisan cheese.
Wobbly Bottom Farm is a small farm situated a mile outside the historic market town of Hitchin in Hertfordshire.  The goats are free to graze on the 39 acres of grass fields and because the grass is very sweet the cheese that is not as “goaty” as some European goat’s cheese.

Welcome aboard to Wobbly Bottom Farm – our latest producer to join the family of gourmet artisan producers at FoodAdo!

Posted by Paul , FoodAdo Team

 

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National Vegetarian Week, day five: Ravioli!

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Delicious pumpkin Ravioli

Serves 4

Pasta Ingredients

400g of flour
4 eggs
1tsp salt
2tsp extra virgin olive oil

Filling Ingredients

2kg pumpkin, cut into quarters
15ml olive oil
1 large red onion, peeled and finely chopped
225g mostarda di frutta (or sweet chutney)
1tsp salt
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
125g  cheese

To Serve

30g butter
30g fresh parley chopped
150g cheese

Method

1 Combine the pasta ingredients, lightly knead and leave in a cling filmed bowl to refrigerate for 1 hour.

2 Heat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas Mark 6 and bake pumpkin until soft, approximately 30 minutes.

3 Remove the seeds and scoop out the baked pulp, finely chop and place into a bowl.

4    Heat the olive oil and sauté the onions.

5 Reduce heat and add the mostarda di frutta, salt, and ground spices, mix well.

6 Combine the cheese, pumpkin and onion/spice mixture into a bowl and set aside.

7 Using a pasta machine or fat rolling pin, roll out the pasta dough 15cm by 50cm and 2mm thickness. Layer the pasta sheets between tea towels to prevent them from drying.

8 Place a heaped teaspoon of the mixture into 2 rows at approximately 10cm distance apart.

9 Lightly spray the pasta with water and sandwich this with a top layer thus creating a sandwich effect.

10 Using a ravioli cutter, cut into 5 cm squares and place into boiling water as quickly as possible.

11 To serve, drain the pasta and return into the pan along with the butter, and parsley. Lightly mix and serve with grated cheese.

 

 

Recipe by The Vegetarian Society

National Vegetarian Week, Day Four: Pasta!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

 

Pasta with beautiful walnuts sauce


How to make the walnut sauce

200g/7oz shelled walnuts
25g/1oz unflavoured breadcrumbs
1 garlic clove, minced
30g/1oz finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 pinch minced fresh marjoram
175ml/6fl oz prescinseua (Ligurian curd cheese) or 150g/5fl oz fresh ricotta diluted with 2 tbsp tepid water
60ml/2.5fl oz extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to taste
sea salt (optional)

This sauce is more a thick paste than a traditional pasta sauce but it is a really versatile base to which other ingredients can be added and which could be used in all kinds of dishes.

Place the walnuts, breadcrumbs, garlic and salt in a mortar and pound with a pestle to form a paste. Alternatively, place these ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until they form a paste. Transfer to a bowl if you are not using a pestle and mortar. Add the Parmesan and marjoram, then the prescinseua or diluted ricotta. Finally, add the olive oil to the mixture, a little at a time, stirring to combine the ingredients. Serve on hot pasta.

How to served it: (per person) 2tbs of the paste, 100g cooked pasta, along with some chopped sundried tomatoes, black olives and parsley, as well as some chili flakes. Seasoned with salt, pepper, olive oil and parmesan.

 

Recipe by Lydia Goldberg

You can find this and other amazing recipes from Lydia at www.thefooddiaries.com

Vegetarian Week, Day One: Risotto!

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Vegetarian week?? One more reason to eat yummy food!

FoodAdo’s suggestion for an irresistible vegetarian risotto:

Risotto of Spelt and Lentil with Roasted Cauliflower
Serves 4-6

1/4 cup lentils
1 medium Cauliflower, in small flourettes
1 quart vegetable stock
5 tablespoons Butter
11/2 cup Leek thinly sliced
1 teaspoon caraway seeds, finely ground
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 cup Farro
3 tablespoons cream
2 oz Grated Parmesan Cheese
Finely grated zest of 1 Lemon
1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped Dill
salt and fresh ground black pepper

Soak lentils 4 hours then drain well.

Toss the cauliflower in 2 tablespoons olive oil, roast in the oven at 450 degrees for 35 minutes until golden brown. Remove and set aside.

Place the stock in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat

Brown the butter in a heavy saucepan 4-5 minutes over medium heat. Add the leeks and ground caraway and 1/2 teaspoons salt. Stir to prevent the butter from burning. Lower the heat and cook covered for leeks 8-10 minutes until the leeks have softened.

Add Farro and lentils and stir 2 minutes until fragrant.

Stir in stock 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until the liquid has been absorbed before adding subsequent stock. When 3/4 of the stock has been added, stir in the cauliflower.

Cook 3-4 minutes longer until the risotto is tender and still a little bit soupy.

Stir in the cream, cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest and dill, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper.

Divide among warm soup plates and serve immediately.

 

Recipe Courtesy of Peter Berley
Photography by Karen Mordechai
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Springtime butternut squash pie (in the park!)

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

It is finally springtime and all we want to do is go outside and enjoy a picnic in the park.

But foodies are foodies no matter what.

When it comes to picnics, they like to share something special with their friends.

This weekend we were invited to a lovely Dinner Club ( www.DinnerClub.tk ) and we had the occasion to try a springtime delight made of butternut squash and lovely organic cheese.

It is a perfect idea for a picnic. Easy, tasty, refreshing, it goes perfectly with a glass of Prosecco and apple juice.

If you like the look of it and want to prepare it, here is the recipe:

Ingredients

Pastry:

White flower

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A pinch of salt

Filling:

A sweet butternut squash (1.5 kg)

3 white onions

3 yellow potatoes

3 eggs

A generous slice of Organic cheese (300g)

Seriously Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A pinch of salt

Method:

It is better to start with the pastry, which needs to be beautifully smooth and requires a bit of work. Once you have shaped your pastry with your rolling pin, you will only need to put together the filling.

The filling is a simple mix of onions (fried in a pan for 10 minutes), potatoes and butternuts squash (diced and boiled for 10 minutes), fresh eggs and organic cheese (grated).

Wrap the tasty filling in the pastry and sprinkle with perfumed olive oil.

Just 35 minutes in the oven and you can serve a delicious pie.

Prepare your picnic bag and enjoy a spring day as we did.

Food is great, life is beautiful!

The FoodAdo Team

Don’t stop eating vegetables and fruit, there is so much more to them!

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

BBC News article by Clare Murphy “Five-a-day has little impact on cancer” states that “eating more fruit and vegetables has only a modest effect on protecting against cancer”.

This new discovery may sound a bit depressing, but it is not a good reason to stop eating tasty vegetables and fruit!

Good food is not a magic potion, but experts stress that eating fruit and vegetables is still the key to good health.

For example, fresh and preserved tomatoes contain powerful antioxidants that have age-fighting properties and protect our cells from damage. (Harvard University – antioxidant: lycopene).

In addition, good food can change our day and help us to feel better: that is already a step towards a healthier life!

A foodie perspective? When in doubt, just follow your nose!

Go for something tasty and healthy like organic cheese and tomato chutney and treat yourself!

Food is great, life is beautiful!

The FoodAdo Team