Two weeks ago I attended the second edition of the New Zealand Food Blogger conference held this year in Wellington.
Two excellent days filled with demonstration, tasting, presentations, workshops, good food and people who all have an interest for it.
Special thanks to Allison and Shirleen who did a fantastic job organizing this conference.
August was the month of first time.
First time I exhibited my work and first time I was given the opportunity to lead a food photography session. The former took place in Hungary and the later in Wellington at this conference. Both experience have been exciting and challenging at the same time, yet there’s nothing like sharing what you like to do with people…
Still part of the conference, I attended Allison’s workshop on cheese making, where we were shown how to make mozzarella. Because I was offered a cheese making kit from Mad Millie at the end of the two days, there was no reason not to practice what I have learnt during the workshop.
As you can see, I still need to work on nicely shaping the ball. Though, a part of me quiet like it this way with all the irregularities.
With a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt flakes or on toast with dried tomatoes, it makes a simple and tasty snack.
I bet I will do this again in summer with fresh tomatoes and basil…
Mozzarella Makes 3 medium size balls
Recipe from The Gourmet Gannet
2 litre full cream milk (not homogenized)
1 tsp citric acid, diluted with 1 tsp water
1/2 tsp not iodized salt
1/2 tsp rennet or 1/4 Mad Millie vegetarian tablet, diluted with tsp water
In a pan add milk, salt, acid citric and gently heat to 32˚C (90˚F). Add diluted rennet, stir well and leave for 20 minutes to allow curds to form. Cut curds into 1cm cubes with a knife. Heat gently to 41˚C (105˚F) slowly forming the curd into a ball with a slotted spoon. This should gradually come together into a ‘milk brain’ shape. Do not force or squeeze the curd together. Do not overheat. Remove from heat.
In a small pan heat some sterilized water to 70˚C (158˚F). Place a ball of curd into the hot water (inside a sieve for ease of lifting out) to cook and stretch the curd.
Roll around with a wooden spoon. It should start to become stretchy/sticky.
Take the ball out of the water and stretch (do not pull, let gravity do the work) then fold, then shape into a ball shape.
Plunge into a bowl of ice cold water. This helps cool the cheese quickly and retain its shape.
Eat immediately or it can be retained in the fridge in a sealed container for a few days. Remember, it has no preservatives.
Note: Too acidic will be too stretchy. Not enough, will snap.
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