"Cooking in A Bedsitter" [utterly brilliant, Bob proposed after he had cooked me one of the recipes therein] When I was helping Steph move, there it was on top of a box of books, so I borrowed it. Half way through so cannot comment yet!
But we had a ripe avocado, lying lost and forlorn in the fruit bowl, so I decided to make something interesting for Saturday's lunch.
Stripes of green avocado and white soft cheese, garnished with chopped sundried tomatoes, strewn with basil leaves, on a slice of seedy brown toast.
All very artistic
I have been experimenting with the cheese thing lately. After decades of avoiding cheese because it makes me feel nauseous, I am coming to the conclusion it is something to do with the process of 'ripening' the hard cheeses like Cheddar. I can manage smallish quantities of fresh 'farmhouse' type cheeses like cottage cheese, ricotta, paneer etc. So I have been making my own cottage cheese by straining home-made yogurt.
On the internet, I was reading about Skyr, the trendy strained yogurt from Iceland [country,not foodshop] and this guy said he had a Salter Yogurt Maker like mine which he had modified. He'd bought a second inner bowl and fitted it with a little rubber plug at the bottom. When the yogurt was made, he lifted out the bowl, removed bung, and let the whey drain out. Simples!
I thought I would try this theory out using a large plastic yogurt pot - I made a row of holes along the bottom with a skewer and put my batch in, to let it drain.
Epic fail!! at first nothing came through the holes, and then when I enlarged them a tiny amount, lots of yogurt as well as whey drained out. I have returned to my original system of coffee filter in a funnel in a large pyrex jug. That works extremely well, and is quite fast too.
And I have a good amount of whey left for scones etc. So I am not going to bother spending £5 on another plastic inner bowl, when I have the kit already.
In case you are wondering, the passage from the Dud Avocado which KW quotes is
“Any moron can cook a steak, I kept saying to myself…. Everybody was terribly kind and co-operative at dinner and it took all four of us ceaselessly moiling and toiling from kitchen to studio and back again to organize and consume a simple meal…”
Personally I don't mind boiling, but 'moiling and toiling' is not my idea of food preparation. This is the picture currently on my fridge!!