A recipe and a puppy

So yesterday I poured a quart of kefir into butter muslin and hung it up to dry for 24 hours. All the whey drained out of it (and the whey makes a good face wash all by itself, as it turns out), and I was left with what kefir lady calls kefir laban.

I put this creamy kefir laban into a food processor with:

2 teaspoons of salt

3-4 Tablespoons of olive oil (extra virgin, cold pressed)

about 2 teaspoons of minced garlic (we really like garlic around here)

and a scant handful of chives.

I’d have added more chives, but I didn’t want to cut too many of the ones coming back from last year until they get a little fuller.  I’m still learning all this growing stuff, and I didn’t know if it would discourage them or not… any experienced gardeners/farmers want to chime in?

All elements can, of course, be adjusted to taste 😛

Then you smoosh it all (I seem to have a thing for recipes you can smoosh), and it looks like this:

Okay, so it’s easier to see spread on toast.  I used the whole wheat sourdough from kefir lady’s recipe (she sends recipes with the grains) and I had some left over that’s a little dry, but good for toast, and was yum with the cheese spread.

It was also great on Back to Nature’s seeded multi-grain flaxseed flatbread crackers. But then again, I haven’t met a cracker of theirs I didn’t like either…

And on a completely unrelated note, I want a French Bulldog.  This little bundle of joy came over this morning to have his picture taken and what a fun shoot it was!

I love his doggie smile… and his round happy ears.  yes, I am a sucker for most things canine, but still! You can’t resist smiling at this either, can you? see?

Dear Diary

Dear Diary, today was a good day.

I started cheese by pouring kefir into butter muslin, tying it up, and hanging it over a bowl to drain for 24 hours… I’ll let you know how this turns out.  I’m going to try a soft cheese turned into a spread before I try anything more complicated.

And I made bread from a new recipe that I found in Mary Jane’s Farm magazine that if the Husband likes it, may end up being my new staple bread. It’s honey wheat and yummy.

And now, dear diary, I’m going to bed.  I sure hope no one ever reads these private conversations we have.  Good night.

Smoothie Recipe

I made a smoothie this morning that was to die for, so I thought I’d share it with ya’ll. I used kefir (surprise, surprise), but you could use plain, unsweetened yogurt thinned with some milk, or if you want it thicker, just yogurt.  This is surprisingly sweet given that there’s no extra sugar added, just what’s in all the fruit and the juice.

8 ounces of kefir (or a total of 8 ounces of yogurt thinned with milk, about 6 and 2 or 5 and 3)

4-5 large strawberries, frozen

handful of blueberries, frozen

Most of a banana

1/2 teaspoon of real vanilla extract

3-4 tablespoons of orange juice

And smoosh!