Saturday, May 15, 2010

Halloumi Round-Up!

We came, we saw, we halloumi-ed!
Three of us took the challenge this month, and what a challenge it was!

This cheese called for more ingenuity than the previous cheesy challenges - gaps in the recipe and the need to construct shaping, weighting, and draining methods at home meant that we were forced to think on our feet.

And think we did! Each of us came up with creative ways to form our halloumi and each of us had great success! Click on each name to read their full halloumi adventures on their blogsites.

Heather of Girlichef used foil-wrapped dumbbells to weight her cheese, and created a mould out of a colander for shaping.

And ended up with this beautiful fried halloumi with chili oil to share with her family.

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Foodycat also used barbell weights to press her halloumi, after a wild adventure procuring cheese making supplies. She also created this ingenious draining mat.

Her results were tender, salty halloumi - perfect for pairing with pasta.

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And over at Living in the Kitchen with Puppies, I frightened said puppies by creating a falling tower of bricks to press my cheese. After the first mishap the pups were ushered into the back bedrooms for their own safety. Cheese making can be dangerous business.

And I made some delicious fried halloumi with harissa and roasted red peppers. Yum!
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From reading their posts, I gather mine was dryer than Foodycat's or Girlichef's. I'm not sure why, but with cheese making results can vary.
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So, are you inspired to take a cheesy challenge? The next fabulous cheese dare will be posted tomorrow.

Stay cheesy!

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5 comments:

Foodycat said...

That was a fun one! And best results so far I think!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I agree! What a ride! :)

girlichef said...

Yes! I had a great time with Halloumi and can't wait to get started on the next one...actually oneS!!! Check back tomorrow for the skinny :) Great forging ladies!!

ejm said...

Excuse me for commenting so late. I've just discovered this blog via your 2forTues post, Heather.

I ADORE Halloumi! And all of these look so wonderful. We really must get our rennet tablets out again and start making cheese.

-Elizabeth

girlichef said...

That's great, Elizabeth!! Definitely put your cheesemaking hat back on and join us in forging fromage!! If you have any cheesemaking posts, be sure to let us know so we can link up =)