Saturday, July 3, 2010

Cheese and chicks ...

Move over feta because I have a new favourite cheese .... mozzarella. Mozzarella turned out to be extremely easy to make. You simply need some whole milk, citric acid, rennet and some time. I made two bars of cheese that were about 4 inches long and 1 inch thick. We ate one bar with toasted pitas ... the cheese was a little soft but it still tasted like mozzarella. I wish I had some ripe tomatoes because I would love to make some pizza.

Our egg production has dropped off significantly in the last few weeks. That's because most of our Americana's have gone broody and are hatching out chicks. Yesterday we had 5 chicks hatch and our hen, Luke, has claimed them as her own. She was such a good mom to Anakin in the spring that I'm sure she'll do a great job this time as well. We should see another 7 or 8 chicks hatch over the next week or so.

You may find this amusing ... the hen that hatched the 5 new chicks is a pure black hen named Darth Vader. We think that Luke took the chicks under her wing to keep them safe from the dark side. A couple of the chicks will likely be named after Sith's anyways ... like Darth Maul and Darth Sidious come to mind. We have to keep the Star Wars theme going ... plus visiting kids seem to get a kick out of chickens named after Star Wars.


  1. Could you forward me your mozzarella technique/recipe?

    Where did you finally source the rennet?

    We made lasagne again this week with your noodle recipe. It was great. Ran out of white flour so we used a blend of about 1/3 white, 1/3 whole wheat and 1/3 spelt. It was really tasty.

    Have you done any sprouts yet? I have not but should get on it.

  2. I got the rennet from the US. The company / recipe can be found here ... I've lost their 1-800 number but you can reach them at

    Citric acid can be bought at almost any pharmacy.

    That egg noodle recipe gets a lot of use in my diet. I'm glad you are enjoying it.

    I haven't tried the sprouts yet but your reminder makes me think I should start some tomorrow. It will give me something to blog about :)

  3. Greg congrats on making it through the first month! And losing 15 pounds!! I'm impressed that you are able to find time to make everything! The mozzarella recipe sounds interesting!! See you next week! bb