I love all cheeses, but there is a special place in my heart for goat cheese. It’s creamy, tangy, and all around more interesting than other cheeses.
Whenever I talk about making my own cheeses, people usually assume it’s really labor intensive. I get a lot of, “you know they sell it already made, right?” But where’s the fun in that? If you can stir and heat up things on your stove, you’ve got pretty much all the necessary skills for basic cheese making.
You can do this with cow or sheep milk, but again goat milk is pretty amazing. It’s easier for people to digest than cow’s milk. A lactose-intolerant friend once (drunkenly) pointed out to me that “humans are the only species that drink another species’ milk.” It’s true! And cow’s milk is really hard on the human body. Lactose intolerance is something that we’ll all experience at some point in our lives. In fact, countries that drink primarily goat’s milk have less digestive problems and lactose allergies. And people who have lactose intolerance report that goat’s milk doesn’t bother them at all. It’s actually closer to human milk than anything else out there.
To make your own cheese, you need the following items.
- A non-reactive pot, stainless steel, clay, or glass. Anything else will leave your cheese with a metallic aftertaste.
- A long handled spoon
-Thermometer and binder clip
-1 quart of goat’s milk
-1/4 c. of white or rice wine vinegar (some people use lemon juice, but I like the consistent results that vinegar gives you)
-Cheese cloth and a strainer
To start, pour your milk in your non-reactive pot, clip the binder clip to the edge of the pan to keep your thermometer in place and slowly bring the milk up to 180F.
While you’re waiting for the milk to come up to temperature, line your strainer with cheesecloth and place the strainer in the bowl.
As soon as the surface of the milk starts to bubble and foam, you’re probably at 180F. Kill the heat, pour in the vinegar and stir. You’ll immediately see the curds separate from the whey. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes without any interruptions.
Pour your curds and whey into the cheesecloth lined strainer. The whey will slowly drain into the bowl and you’ll be left with goat cheese! Throw the whey out and cover the cheese with the cheesecloth. I used a bag full of Roma tomatoes as a weight to encourage more draining. Let the cheese sit over night in the fridge.
The next day, I was left with beautiful goat cheese in my cheesecloth. Salt the cheese to taste and use the cheese cloth to shape it into a log.
To me, spring means freshness. This is about as fresh as cheese gets! Beautiful, homemade product that would normally cost you more than double if you bought it at the store. Plus, when you make it yourself, you can control every little detail, from the kind of milk you use, to any extra herbs and spices you may want to add.
oh my god
I AM SO DOING THIS
In response to the racist/islamophobic ads that have recently come up;
The MYG of the ICSC presents:
My Jihad Is…
this needs more notes.
I hear you so hard on not snickering at “69”
THANK YOU FOR THIS.
The word Jihad basically means the internal struggle against evil (or the number 69, apparently). It’s NOT a mission to kill christians or white people.
Every faithful Muslim is on a Jihad. It’s about finding the balance between what you want to do and what you know you need to do. It’s good and evil, right and wrong.
Take a history of religion class and you’ll find out that Islam is a beautiful religion.
You know, the one that gives housewives/full-time mothers a pension— wages for housework?
It’s ONLY A HUGE VICTORY FOR FEMINISM, SOCIALISM, AND WOMEN OF COLOR. Not a big deal or anything. Tumblr is mysteriously silent about this.
HERE IT IS! We’ve got a weekend chock-full of panels and other things covering queer issues and interests in SFF and geekdom - and this isn’t even all!
There are a few more items we’re firming up behind the scenes, and some of the other tracks will be featuring queer content, PLUS there’ll be socials for queer fans throughout the weekend. So if there’s anything else you’d like to see happen, do let us know and we’ll see what we can do!
And if you want to snap up an early bird ticket they’re just £75 until May 31!
Workshop: Telling Our Own Stories
Expressing our identities and communicating our experiences in writing can be difficult in a world filled with heteronormative media. Come and explore these issues and ways of overcoming them in a workshop dedicated to writing from queer perspectives.
Queers Dig Time Lords Roundtable
‘Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who By The LGBTQ Fans Who Love It’ brings together essays by award-winning writers to celebrate the phenomenon that is Doctor Who. Come and meet the authors and listen to them discuss the importance of Doctor Who for queer fans. Copies of the book will be available for signing.
Science Fiction Double Feature: Gender and Sexuality in SFF
Science fiction and fantasy have always offered us new ground for the exploration of gender, sex, and sexuality. How have writers approached these themes throughout the genres’ history, are issues of representation getting better, or worse, and how can we improve?
Why is the Future so Binary?
With the endless potential for reimagining the world that science fiction offers, why do so many imagined futures stick to heteronormative, binary conceptions of sexuality and gender? Come and discuss the implications of futuristic technology for queer, trans* and genderfluid characters, and share recommendations for work exploring these possibilities.
Games For Us: The Rise of LGBT and Feminist Indie Gaming
Video games offer the potential to create and explore an infinite range of worlds, stories and characters – so where’s the LGBT and feminist representation? While the mainstream is grappling with growing demand for diversity, independent developers are taking advantage of increasingly accessible technology to present games that challenge assumptions. Are you looking for games that speak to your experience, or is there a game you love and think other queer and feminist fans should know about? Come and hear from the people who make and play games that deal with gender and sexuality, and bring your questions and recommendations to share with the audience.
From homoeroticism in early superhero comics to the rich array of LGBT characters in some of today’s most popular webcomics, there has always been a rich vein of queer text and subtext in comic culture. Let’s talk about our favourite queer creators, characters and storylines, and the powerful experience of reading comics that include characters from across the queer spectrum.
Better History = Better Fantasy: Writing Outside the Binary
Fantasy worlds based on historical periods often lack gay, trans* and other queer characters. Blaming this on our own world’s history is a mistake: history is full of people living outside normative sexualities and gender roles! Sappho (and the queer women who wrote about her), sworn virgins, monks and nuns, Two Spirit people, shamans, the Chevalier d’Éon, and many more! Come and discuss queer people in history – and how to research them to make your fantasy worlds better.
Putting the Fem in Slash: Queer Female Visibility in Fanfic
Queer women make up a large subset of fanfic readers and writers, but face difficulties finding representation in fandoms focused on cis males. How can we increase queer female visibility?
Queer All The Things!
Fandom offers fans from across the queer spectrum a way to reclaim popular narratives. Here we’ll discuss the role of fanworks in representing marginalised sexualities and gender identities, and to what extent this contributes to the queering of mainstream pop culture.
New Goggles: Diversity in Steampunk
‘Anachrotech’ genres like Steampunk give writers, makers, and musicians a chance to tinker with the past, resulting in, at best, a way to reclaim and subvert popular historical narratives and tropes; at worst, a nostalgia that uncritically repeats those tropes. Let’s trade in those rose-tinted monocles for new goggles, and discuss the importance of queering and diversifying the genre.
Kinda Gay: LGBT Representation In Genre TV
Pansexual time travellers, teen lesbian witches, and gay Battlestar lieutenants: genre television has featured some high profile queer characters in the last few decades. Join a panel of TV writers, critics and fans to discuss how successful these portrayals are, and what the future might hold for LGBT representation on our screens.
Nine Worlds Queer Cabaret & Disco
A night of geektastic fabulosity, kicking off with the Nine Worlds Queer Cabaret headlined by Lashings of Ginger Beer Time, followed by an LGBT rock disco. Glitter highly encouraged!
Faith: “So, what, you’re telling me never?”
Buffy: “Faith, really now is not the time!”
Faith: “I’m curious. Never ever? Come on, really. All this time, and not even once?”
Buffy: “How many times do I have to say it? I have never… done it… with Xander. He’s just a friend.”
Faith: “So? What are friends for? I mean, I’m sorry, it’s just, all this sweating nightly, side-by-side action, and you never put in for a little after-hours (grunt)?”
Buffy: “Thanks for the poetry.”
S. Ross Browne
Ummm…I am so VERY into this right now!
But Black people in period or fantasy settings totally makes the stories unreal.
Also holy shit I love these.
Hi Tumblr! This is the tumblog of the Queer Fandom track at London’s newest shiniest convention, Nine Worlds GeekFest, happening this summer, August 9-11. What’s that? A whole stream of panels, talks, workshops and socials for queer fans of all stripes? SOUNDS AWESOME, you say? You betcha!
We’ll be posting updates about the programme, and the con in general, as well as serving you your daily dose of queer geeky goodness.
You can follow us on twitter too: @NineWorldsQueer
my event-organising alter ego!