English Chick/Jamie Oliver question

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by country lady, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. country lady

    country lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    NW Tennessee
    I just watched "Jamie at Home" and wish he would give a tour of his farm. It looks great. I especially would like to see his chicken coop. Today he cooked steak with cottage cheese as a side. My cousin's English-born wife told me that when she first came to the U. S. she was pregnant and was craving cottage cheese, which she ordered at a restaurant. When she was served, she said she burst into tears because it was not English-style cottage cheese but American and not at all what she craved. Jamie Oliver's looked American; what is the English cottage cheese like?
  2. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    Interesting guestion, English Chick, can you give us help?

    I love the English accent and watching Jamie Oliver just to hear that! My mom had a friend that was from there and lived in the states. She has passed on. She had traveled the world and had beautiful things in her home and i could just sit and listen to her stories. I was just a child [​IMG] then we moved and I my mom stayed in touch with her. But we did not get to visit like we use to. [​IMG]
  3. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    We have two styles of cottage cheese available here in Michigan. There is one kind that is "large curd" or "small curd" in whey, and another kind that I can only describe as "grainier" in texture, except that it's soft (if that makes any sense). The grainier kind is called Michigan cottage cheese; I think it's better. I wonder if that's more like English cottage cheese... Just wondering. [​IMG]
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    I can't answer your question, but while looking for cheese information, I ran across this:


    It's really interesting cheese reading! [​IMG]

    I wonder if their cottage cheese tastes more like the farmer cheese here? Or the cow's milk ricotta here? Something a little blander than our cottage cheese, which is quite salty?
  5. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    I like the small curd cottage cheese, it's not watery like the large curd.

    I LOVE regular doritoes with the small curd cottage cheese as a dip. Lordy lordy, I could go through an entire bag of chips and a whole tub of cottage cheese!
  6. Backyard Buddies

    Backyard Buddies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    I haven't watched that episode yet. I TiVo Jamie because his approach to gardening and cooking is right up my alley. He has done an egg show and did have several shots of his chickens and the exterior of the coops, opening the exterior door to the nest box to collect eggs. I get a kick every time he's making something with eggs in it and marvels about the dark orange yolks. He calls them his 'girls' and you can tell he's pretty fond of them. I, too, would love to see a tour of his farm. Heck, I'd love to HAVE a farm like that.
  7. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    I wonder if they are talking about Paneer, an Indian cheese. I found a recipe which is referring to it as 'cottage cheese'. Indian food is pretty popular over there. Here's a pic and the recipe...

    Cottage cheese (paneer)


    Pressed cheese ready for curry

    Cottage cheese is a simple thing to make - they don't call it cottage for nothing. It takes a bit of your attention, to ensure the milk doesn't scorch or boil over, but other than that, it's almost as easy as boiling water.

    You need only two ingredients: whole milk and an acid like lemon juice or vinegar. Your yield will be about 15% of the weight of the milk. So a liter of milk makes about 150 grams of cheese and a gallon of milk makes a little more than a pound. The cheese will have a faint taste of the acid that you choose - lightly lemon-y if you use lemon juice. Of course you can season it with herbs or spices as you like. Do that after the cheese is drained.

    Cottage cheese can be pressed to make a firm paneer for curries, or left in curds like Miss Muffett always liked.

    Cottage Cheese
    makes about 150 grams

    1 liter whole milk
    an acid: 1/2 lemon or lime, juiced, or 1-3 tsp vinegar

    Bring the milk to a boil over medium heat, stirring to prevent scorching. When it comes to a boil, stir in the acid and cook for another 2-3 minutes. The solids will clump together (curds) and the remaining liquid will become a thin watery white (whey). Turn off heat and allow to sit a few minutes to cool.

    Strain through cheesecloth (or thin cotton cloth). When the liquid is mostly drained out, lift the cloth by the corners and twist to squeeze out remaining liquid. This is cottage cheese.

    To make firm paneer, press the cloth-covered cheese under a 5kg/10lb weight for up to two hours. I usually fold the cloth around the cheese, press it into a pancake shape, sandwich it between two cutting boards, then balance the bowl of whey on top, adding water to increase the weight. After an hour, the cheese is firm enough to cut into cubes.

  8. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    ETA: nevermind, I found it!

    What channel is his show on? I used to watch The Naked Chef on Food Network. We didn't have cable beyond basic for a few years and now I don't know where to find his show now that we have it back. I enjoy watching him, but his lisp makes me a little nuts. English cottage cheese isn't more like farmer's cheese is it? I honestly don't know what to say.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2009
  9. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    Coffeelady, that's also called "farm cheese" it's a great all purpose type cheese that takes on the flavor of anything you put in it.

    I have made this kind of cheese with goats milk and white vinegar, it's very very easy to make.

    You can use it like tofu to bulk up a meal.
  10. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    I adore Cottage Cheese, the small curd type not large curd...Jamie Oliver is AWESOME....he is also the Patron of the Hen Welfare Trust (where I get my rescued chickens from!)......he is so big her in the Uk for his campaigning for healthy meals in schools, to compassion in faming (chickens)..he is fantastic and I am am big big fan...

    back to cottage cheese, English Cottage cheese....is small curd..a lot of people think it is bland..I don't It is good on baked potatoes....it is fantastic with slices of pinapple....delightful on crackers.....lovely with apples and/or tomatoes...the list is endless....lovely on the side with a salad....yum yum...I also eat it straight from the carton...I onyl buy small cartons for myself....

    Oh you have got me thinking now........cottage cheese calling me to the fridge.......

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