My love of cheese is legend – wait for it – ary! Legendary! I will eat cheese anytime, anywhere and in any manner. I will have it for breakfast, as a snack, as a main meal, hot, cold or even as a cake. Cheese. Peynir. Nom, nom nom!
Last week I was called by my mother in law down to her kitchen. Bubbling on the stove was a huge pot of milk (which I subsequently learned was in fact yogurt). Once boiled she strained the yogurt (separating the whey) into three parcels wrapped in clean cloth, tied it up and let it hang in the kitchen. Cheese! She made cheese!
I returned to her kitchen yesterday afternoon to find her mixing the cheese with red pepper paste (which we had made a few weeks earlier), dried thyme and a butt load of salt. She rolled the cheese into balls, placed them on a large metal plate and put them in the sun on top of my garage where they will stay until they dry.
If I ignore the flies that are constantly congregating over the cheese at the moment I am sure it will taste delicious when ready. This spicy cheese is usually eaten in the morning with ekmek (bread), domates (tomatoes) and a drizzle of yağ (oil).
My mother in law tells me that she has made this cheese for The Turk as it is his favourite. Yes the prodigal son will return to her next weekend and she is very excited! I guess I am excited too. Daughter is currently indifferent but will probably change her tune when he actually gets here.