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Imagine

Oregano Labneh and Olive Oil | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

I opened the packaging and smelled. And it was like I was instantly transported to the Mediterranean shores. I feel the hot and dry air on my skin and breath the gentle sea breeze. The sun reaches the zenith. I hear the shrill sound of cicadas coming from the maquis and I am offered to taste beautiful dishes seasoned with aromatic oregano.

It’s all imaginary.
The truth is that I’ve never been to Sicily where this oregano originally comes from. My mind has woven my own experience and memories from my time in Puglia -the southernmost I’ve been in Italy- and documentaries I’ve seen on the renowned volcanic island of Sicily. Just the power of imagination. Simply triggered by a scent.

Dry Oregano | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi
Oregano Labneh | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Now, it’s your turn.
I invite you to pick one of these labneh balls coated in fragrant oregano and preserved in a delicate olive oil. I let you spread it on a flat bread and allow your senses appreciate the flavours and textures. There’s a chance that you too will travel for a short moment to sunny shores…

And speaking of seaside, Paprika and I will be away for a couple of days. I’ll surely share about our little break as soon as we are back.

Oregano Labneh and Olive Oil | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Oregano Labneh
Makes 6 to 8 balls

335g yogurt / 1 cup 1/2 yogurt
1/4 tsp sea salt
7 tbsp dry oregano
Olive oil


Place the yogurt in a muslin cloth and let it drain overnight or for several hours. Mix in the salt and adjust to your liking. With a teaspoon scoop yogurt and roll in the dry oregano to coat. They can be served right away with a drizzle of olive oil or placed in a jar filled with olive oil and kept in the fridge.

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Say Cheese

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Homemade Mozzarella

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.

There are many detailed accounts about this event, so please go and read more about it chez Alessandra, Sue, Lydia part 2 & 3, Celia day 1 & 2, Lesley, Carmella, Jemma, Emma and Lucy

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Fresh Homemade Mozzarella© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Salt Sprinkle on Fresh Mozzarella

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…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Fresh Mozzarella & Dried Tomato on Toast

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.

The NZFB conference 2012 was generously sponsored by:

Le Cordon Bleu | Chocolate Festival | T Leaf T | Moon Over Martinborough | Harper Collins | The Kitchen Maid | My Darling Lemon Thyme | Grow from Here  | Yellow Brick Road | Archer McRae | Positively Wellington Tourism | Viviane Perényi | Alessandra Zecchini | L’Affaire au Chocolat | Six Barrel Soda | The Dumpling House | The Gourmet Gannet | People’s Coffee | Wellington on a Plate | Boulcott Street Bistro | Foxglove | Monsoon Poon | The General Practitioner | Coco | The Tasting Room | Ti Kouka Cafe | Maginnity’s | Fork & Brewer | Hummingbird | Floyds | Liquid Winks | Pop Dining | Moore Wilson | Regal Salmon | Floriditas | Little Penang | All Good Bananas | Aroha Drinks | Kokako | Little Bird Organics | R Qute | The Collective Dairy | Eco Store | Mad Millie | Holy Moly Icecream | Intercontinental | So D’lish | Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice | Peasepudding | Eat and Greet | Wellesley Hotel | Omega Seafood | Bongusto | Pork | Saint Clair | Manowar Vineyards | Neudorf | Equagold | Love Plant Life | 100 Percent Nutz | Zipleaf 

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Sticks & Stalks

The postman rang at the door on Saturday morning and woke us up.
Not a bad thing after all. On this way, we started the day earlier than we usually do on week-end. And we enjoyed more of the glorious sunny day.

Coming back from the farmers market, I was all happy with my finds: Big bunches of mizuna and red mustard.

As the weather was so Springy, Paprika and I quickly agreed to lunch on the fresh mix of greens and cheese sticks. But not any kind of cheese. Du Comté ! If you don’t know it yet, you must taste it and you’ll know what I mean.

The warm cheese coated in breadcrumbs is a pure melting goodness, balanced with the peppery taste of mizuna and red mustard leaves.

My kind of lunch. Simple, fresh and tasty.

On the same easy way, I made a fruit salad for dessert. I got nice stalks of rhubarb as well at the market and I was curious to prepare it raw for a change.

The vegetable thinly sliced, is soaked in sugar for an hour and then mixed with orange segments, mint and coconut chips. A nice combination: tangy, sweet and refreshing.

Paprika skipped that one. He’s not a big fan of rhubarb and the raw version did not convince him either.

Never mind it was a double serving for me and I felt just spoilt…

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Rhubarb Orange Mint and Coconut Salad

Comté Sticks (For 2 as a main)

2 slabs of Comté (100gr each), skin trimmed (if you can’t find Comté, try with a tasty semi-hard cheese)
1 egg whipped with 2 tbsp milk
80gr breadcrumbs
25gr polenta
125ml (1/2cup) milk
1 heaped tbsp cornstarch
400ml vegetable oil

In four separate shallow plates place milk, cornstarch, egg mixture and breadcrumbs and polenta mix.
Deep one by one cheese slab or stick -if you prefer to make it that way- in the milk. Strain well and coat all over in the cornstarch. Remove the excess of cornstarch and deep in the egg mixture. Strain well and then coat with breadcrumb/polenta mix. Press firmly on six sides of the slab to ensure an even coating. Repeat a second time, the coating of egg and breadcrumb/polenta.
In a skillet heat the oil. To test oil temperature, drop breadcrumbs in. They should fry and brown quickly. Prepare a plate lined with absorbent paper. Fry slabs/sticks by batch -if necessary- to ensure they do not stick in the skillet. Cook for about 10-15 seconds on each side or until lightly golden. Drain well and place on absorbant paper.
Serve hot.

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Rhubarb Sticks

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