Alice Choo-Shee-Nam—Living In Durham Community Blog
T O P P i N G S:
Smoked Prosciutto, Pepperoncini, Homemade Onion Jelly, Grilled Peaches
With the Fast Approaching Christmas Season ahead giving your Homemade Ricotta Cheese as a Gift to Family and Friends would be a great idea and quite affordable.
FRESH & DELICIOUS !
The most satisfying feeling you will have is realizing that you can make your own Homemade Ricotta Cheese and that you have quite a variety of toppings you can use. Here are some additional Topping ideas:
Pates (All sorts)
RED ITALIAN PEPPERS
I created my own Onion Jelly last summer. I like creating my own Preserves and Jellies especially during the summer when all the fresh produce is at it’s highest peak and very fresh and tasty. This Summer I decided not to create any preserves though because I still have some left back. The Shelf Life is good because they are not made in a factory in large quantities. Plus, I was testing the Shelf life of these preserves to see how long they can last for before spoiling so far they are holding up.
This particular onion jelly recipe I had for years. I was watching some Television show that was featuring local artisans in the United States. This recipe originally was created to make the Onion Jelly in large quantities to yield at least 40 jars. I had to “Re-Create” the recipe to only yield me 12 jars. It was tricky but I got it to work. Anyway, I felt something was missing. I decided to add sweet peppers and habanero peppers to it, to not only add some colour but a bit a “spice” from the hot pepper. Even my 11 year old son Richard, loves it. It’s not too spicy for him.
You can easily pick up Onion jellies at your local grocery store or Gourmet Shop. I try to stay away from store bought preserves. Once again, I guess I am been partial but I prefer to make my own. I can “Customize” them to have the right balance of flavour that I like.
Don’t get me wrong. If I visit a Gourmet food store and they have something interesting on the shelf I will try it. I am just saying that, I don’t purchase them often. If you can make your own then, make your own. It is not difficult to make, your temperature needs to be just right though to give you the right consistency when making jellies.
I believe my upbringing is where all this came from.
My Grandmother did her best to make everything if she could.
If she wanted a cake she would bake it herself. If she wanted oil she would grate the coconut and make her own oil. If she wanted “Hot Chocolate” she would pick the Cocoa Pods from the tree she had in her backyard and make her own “Chocolate Rolls” and then grate it to make “Hot Chocolate.” As a matter of fact she taught me how to make it and it’s the best Hot Chocolate you could ever have in your life. Yes, I love my Grandmother dearly, she taught me many things, she will always be in my heart, soul and spirit.
Back then my Grandmother was doing what people today in North America are flocking, yes, flocking to do today. They want to harvest their own produce from their own Gardens. Then take their produce and turn it into something special. People are making their own Cheese, making their own preserves, baking their own Artisanal Breads, creating their own Handmade Chocolates, Creating their own Fruit wines and the list goes on. Why are they desiring to do this? They want to know what they are consuming and putting into their bodies. They can monitor and see what ingredients are been placed in their products cutting the risk of been ill. They also want to leave a legacy behind for their families too and pass on that knowledge to their children.
MY SON AND I LOVE THIS ONE AND WE VOTED AND THE WINNER IS:
FRESH HOMEMADE RICOTTA CHEESE WITH SPICY ONION JELLY!!!
It tasted so creamy. Not too sweet, not too hot, just right.
Let me just say that I will be making Ricotta Cheese from now on and going into the Christmas Season. I hope you will all be making your own out there as well and passing on the knowledge to your children.
FRESH PLUMS IN THE CENTRE, SMOKED PROSCUITTO AND FRESH HOMEMADE RICOTTA CHEESE