Monday, 14 July 2014

The Weekend Kitchen

Even though I have been trying to take it easy I find it really hard to just chill out.  I like to have things on the go so I feel like I am being productive.

So this weekend I made a batch of Halloumi.  I checked in the supermarket the other day to see how much I was saving to make my own.  The supermarket price was $37.95 per kilo.  I purchased 4 x 2 litre bottles of good pasteurised only milk that came to $18.36 and added a 1/4 teaspoon of rennet (20 cents).  When the cheese was ready I added dried mint and salt.  From my 8 litres of milk I got 1.2 kg of cheese and 6 litres of whey.  So it is clearly much cheaper to make your own.

We are still collecting a few cherry tomatoes every day, lots of eggs and kaffir limes.  I also picked the last of my climbing beans that I had let get fat and swollen in their pods so I can use them as dried beans.  The beans are now drying in front of the fire and I will shell them in a week or so.

Drying beans in front of the fire

I also made a chocolate beetroot cake which Hubby loves.  It is rich and moist and so easy to make.
You can find the recipe here.

What took place in your kitchen over the weekend?


  1. So glad to hear you are OK after your car accident. Great that your garden is still producing this time of year...mine is still in the growing phase, not expecting much for the next two months or so. Love the idea of drying your beans in front of the fire..what will you use the dried beans for?

  2. Hi Fiona, Sorry to hear about your accident, hope the neck is starting to feel much better now, Thanks for the recipe for the choc/beet cake, I'm always looking for ways to make my baking more healthy! :)
    Also love the idea of drying your beans, it would certainly stop them from going mouldy, especially this time of year. x


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