Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! It’s the year of the tiger, so if you’re a tiger, this is your year.

Happy New Year

My parents gave me a narcissus plant in preparation for the new year last week and it flowered just in time a day or two ago! I hope this means good luck for the coming year.

Home-made Ricotta

The BF got me a cheese-making kit and a book about cheese-making for Christmas.  Pretty big step for a sometimes vegan!  The book had some pretty advanced cheeses which required special bacterias and what not, so he suggested I try making something simple like ricotta first.

Well, my first try was edible and tasty, although a bit dry.  I’m not sure if I strained it a little too long in the cheese-cloth or what. I guess real ricotta is made from the leftover whey from the cheese-making process, so I skipped that part by just making it from whole milk straight.  Either way, not bad for a first try, I have to say.

my first ricotta

Luckily, I had some fresh, tender mesclun greens growing in a few pots that were ready to eat. Trimmed a few leaves, tossed it with a little olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper, and ricotta and I made myself a little snack.

Goodbye Summer

My Last Tomatoes of the Season

It saddens me to say that I picked the last of my tomatoes from my black prince tomato plant a few weeks ago and no tomatoes have grown back. I guess this marks the end of summer. These tomatoes were the first I’ve ever planted. They were delicious, but small — the largest one was about only 2 inches in diameter. I think next year, I’ll try a different variety because the skins on these were a bit too thick for my liking although the flesh inside was so good.