The mercury had risen just a touch, but enough to make it bearable outside. The snow fell lightly upon the ground, leaving a white dusting on the roofs of houses and the paved roadways. This past weekend we took full advantage of this beauty. I kept the kitchen warm with the stovetop all abustle, and the smell of warm milk in the air. Meanwhile, my hubby could be found in the nearby garage, reading and mixing his brew with the aromas of hops pouring forth into the crisp air outside. The girls frolicked in the snow, while the cat sat perched in a tree, taking in all the action.
My oldest daughter and I used our favorite cheese kit and made two pounds of fresh mozzarella cheese. (You can check out our previous cheesemaking experience here.) For the first time, I allowed her to truly assist me by slowly stirring the curd and then stretching it, adding salt, and then forming it into small balls of deliciousness. The best part of the entire experience was when this six year-old, who normally only likes “cooked cheese,” took a ball of fresh mozzarella and bit in. She said, “Well, I only like cheese that I make. That’s the only kind I’ll eat.” Love.
The holidays left us empty handed in the home-brew department, so my husband brewed three fresh batches this weekend. He tried out a new brewing kit, and then made two tried and true favorites…a caramel creme ale and a fabulous breakfast stout.
The finished products of the day: beer, cheese and a bit of hot chocolate of course. Is there anything better? Yum!