Lately I've not had a lot of time to cook, but that hasn't stopped me! As you all probably know by now that my style is slow cooking (and by that I don't mean using a crockpot because I don't even own) but from scratch home cookin' and of course my beloved Middle Eastern recipes! Our grandma's spent most hours of their days cooking and out of their kitchens came amazingly delicate and intricate recipes like hand stuffed and rolled grape leaves, different variations of kubbah (which are doughs stuffed with filling and either fried, baked or simmered in rich stews) and so many more beautiful dishes.
On the flip side there's a lot to be learnt from having really little time on hand when it comes to meal prep. I love Jamie Oliver' 30 and 15 minute meals and Nigella's cooking because what I've learned from watching these cooking shows is that sometimes it's OK to cut down on steps and still make something fabulous to eat!
Whether it's cooking long and slow or quick there is always something to learn and acquire new techniques and perfect cooking skills.
I made a second visit to Country Cheese (I wrote about my first visit here) and picked up some fun cheeses. They have these lovely fresh cheese curds on a weekly basis that are flying off the counter (literally.. so gotta get there early!)
I also picked up an interesting cheese which was flavoured in house, they rub it with a lemon infused olive oil and then roll it in dried herbs. I forgot the name of the cheese but if you go in there and ask them they'll know what you're talkin' about. It's such a nice snacking cheese, I love the hint of lemon (I love lemon in everything) but find that it really cuts the richness! Very addictive.
I've experimented a little with it in cooking, and like a parmigiano reggiano it's perfect to just grate in last minute. The first recipe I made was a pasta in a plain cream sauce which then I shaved/grated quite a bit of this cheese onto it A few globes of cherry tomato to garnish the plate and it was perfection!
It's also a perfect breakfast cheese as you can see we enjoyed with an array of fruit, fresh bread and vegetables. I put a Middle Eastern spin on this spread, which really is how I like to enjoy my cheese! Give me some bread, olives, ripe tomatoes, cucumbers and I'm good to go!
I will add that this lemony cheese is also PERFECT shaved in large curls over a plate of fresh pasta in tomato sauce.Those herbs are great especially in the dead of winter when I can't get to the supermarket to pick up fresh herbs (not to mention they're so expensive)
This cheese is a keeper!
My last favourite thing when it comes to simple meals and I've written about this before but I'm going to say it again, I LOVE those flame savours by Highliner, amazing fish fillets that cook up in 24 minutes, just so perfect! I now make them twice a week.