I accidentally made cheese!

Yeah, apparently you can do that. Was trying to rescue some milk by making white sauce. It hadn’t soured or anything yet, it was just starting to curdle. So I put it on to boil and hoped it would blend out, as it sometimes does.

Well, the curds and the whey split completely. I left it on the side to cool before throwing it away. But then I tasted a curd. It was lovely! Salted them, wrapped them in cheesecloth and strained them until they formed a round ball. Cheese. 😀

In celebration, here is a recipe for some awesome cauliflower and potato cheese which you can top with your own cheese curds.

Ingredients.

  • 300g potato
  • 500g cauliflower
  • 1l milk
  • 150g flour
  • 100g butter
  • 300g cheese
  • 1tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1tbsp salt
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp black pepper

Utensils.

  • chopping board and knife
  • large pot, stirring spoon
  • another large pot
  • small pot, stirring spoon

Recipe.

  1. Split the milk in half. Put each half into one of the large pots and begin to simmer.
  2. Chop the potatoes and place them in the bottom of one put of milk.
  3. Chop the cauliflower and add on top of the potatoes in the milk. Make sure the leaves are at the very top and bits of stem are with the potatoes.
  4. Salt the mix, cover and keep simmering until tender.
  5. In the small pot, melt the butter and slowly mix in the flour.
  6. Chop the cheese.
  7. Add the other half of the milk to the butter mix, the cheese, the paprika, the soy sauce, the pepper and the worcertershire sauce.
  8. Once blended, pour into the cauliflower and potatoes.
  9. Do not overcook! I disintegrated my cauliflower into the cheese last time. 😦 More fondue than cauli cheese. Tasted good though.
  10. Crumble fresh cheese on top and, if you like, bake in the oven for a bit before serving.

And that’s one of the things I served at the last meatfeast. Add more cauliflower and no potatoes for low carb. Use low fat milk and a reduced amount of low fat cheese for low fat. Remove the salt and halve the soy sauce for lower salt. Swap the worcestershire sauce for a drop of vegemite or veg stock, the cheese for mozzarisella and the milk for sweetened almond milk for vegan, lacto-free or paleo. Simples!

What is the weirdest thing to happen in your kitchen?

 

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How To… prepare a car kit.

An overlooked part of housekeeping is car keeping. Most housekeepers, be they bachelors and bachelorettes, housewives or househusbands, will run a car. Even if they don’t, there’s a high probability that someone else in the household owns and runs a car. However we tend to view the car maintenance and care as a separate thing to the household, the exclusive property and duty of the owner, rather than a shared commodity and space that needs to be kept in order.

Just as a housekeeper may clean their partner’s office or help them tidy up the gym after a workout, a housekeeper can help with the maintenance of the car by providing a kit that the driver can keep in the boot in case they need anything in particular.

If you are not the main driver, make sure to speak with the car owner about what they use in their car, what they would like to have and what they find themselves running out of. Feel free to make suggestions once they are done to ensure that everything has been accounted for, but don’t push anything on them they may not find useful. That said, here are my suggestions.

This is part IV of my ongoing “housekeeper’s kits” series. Part I, Part II and Part III at these links.

1: The bag.

I would say something heavy duty. Compartments aren’t essential as long as everything that stains or smells is well-sealed, which it should be anyway. A plastic tote bag, that has strong handles, can be easily moved from car to car and that you only need to glance into to see what you have, is ideal.

2: The cleaning products.

Cars need to be cleaned. All sorts of spills happen in them, dirt gets trodden in and the usual dust accumulates. So having some cleaning products in the car is useful.

My suggestions:

-sick bags

carpet cleaner

leather cleaner

-window cleaner and sponge

air freshener

-de-icer (lemon and vinegar water is fine)

3: The paintwork.

Paintwork can be chipped or damaged. Previously damaged paintwork or paint on older cars needs attention for possible rust damage and fading.

My suggestions:

car-suitable rust remover

file for paint

straight-to-rust hammerite

straight-to-rust spray paint in the right colour

4: The patching.

All cars start accumulating damage eventually. Everything from chipped mirrors to torn seats. To keep on top of it, keep a patching kit in your car kit.

-needle and tapestry thread

-vaseline

duct tape

WD-40

-super glue

5: The repair.

Sometimes something serious will happen to the car. You will at least need the tools to make it safe again, if not to fix it up yourself where possible.

My suggestions:

-spare wheel, wheel bolt spanner and car jack

allen keys

-gloves for handling electrics

-spare fuses and bulbs

fob batteries and screwdrivers

6: The topups.

These are things your car consumes that you normally top up at the garage or when home. But sometimes they run out in unexpected locations or at inconvenient times. Having an emergency refill can save you.

My suggestions:

-parking money

-fuel jerrycan

-windscreen fluid

-bottle of water

-oil

Keep an eye on your oil and fuel. They can expire after a while in a jerry can or bottle, so make sure they look healthy and from time to time refuel out of your jerry can and refill it, to keep the jerry can fuel fresh.

7: Breakdown safety.

These are things to keep you safe in case of a breakdown or accident on the road.

-two cones

-high-vis jacket

-pocket torch

8: Relevant documents.

You may not always have all your documents with you. But try and keep a photocopy of your driver’s license and tax papers, or at least the relevant reference numbers, somewhere on the car at all times, just in case you need them.

And those are my suggestions for a car kit that will never leave you or your loved ones stranded!

What additions would you suggest? Anything that you really wish you’d had at a certain point? Anything you say in the comments will be added to the kit!

TTFN and Happy Hunting!