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Published January 31st 2019
Learn to make your own halloumi and soft cheese
Haloumi or Halloumi can be spelt either way and is one of my favourites. It is very versatile and I have grated it into a salad but my favourite way of eating it is cooking it in strips and putting it with many savoury dishes. It has a squeaky feel when you bite into it and a unique taste.
Halloumi is a hard cheese made predominantly in Cyprus (Greece) from sheep and goat's milk. It is a very salty cheese and easy to work with on recipes. If you want some ideas on what to have with halloumi, here is a list of recipes:
It is also fun to make other cheeses and I have tried several other soft ones which tasted so good.
MEDITERRANEAN CHEESE MAKING CLASS At this class, you will learn not only how to make halloumi but also feta and chèvre. The class is ideal for beginners and you will learn about milk selection for home cheese making and how to turn the curd into the final cheeses.
While this is more of a cheese making demonstration, everyone will have the opportunity to get hands-on at all stages of making the cheese. You will be able to take notes and then be able to make these natural cheeses at home.
Included in the price this class includes:
Learn to make feta, halloumi and chèvre - don't forget to bring your own 1L container to take home your own chèvre!
A light evening meal showcasing the cheeses made
Wine with your evening meal
This will be on 8th February and again on 29th March 2019 from 6.00 pm till 9.00 pm. It will be held at Tramsheds, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge.
The cost is $120 and you can find out more and book here.
If you live near Coffs Harbour you have a great choice of classes to go to and soft cheese are perhaps the easiest to start with.
This workshop will be on 15th February, from 10 am to 4 pm, so it is quite a lengthy class. The address is Shop 2A, 351 Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour. The cost is $185 and you can find out more and make a booking here.
This workshop will teach you how to make the following cheeses:
Quark which is a light form of cream cheese that makes delicious cheesecakes
This is a popular course and is for beginners. It will teach you also how to adapt these cheese into several savoury and sweet foods. The teachers actually make cheese for a living, so they are experts at it and this course has been modified to suit a home kitchen environment. All equipment, cultures and cheesemaking kits will be available to buy from their retail store after the workshop.
HAND MADE HALLOUMI AND FETA WORKSHOP
This will be a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to make traditional halloumi and feta. It will be on 23rd February 2019 at The Corner Pantry, Shop 5/11 Beach Street, Harrington and it will be on from 10.00 am to 2.30 pm.
You will also learn all about the importance of the types of milk and cultures you use and how to care for your cheese at home.
You will be provided with notes and after the workshop, leave with some of your own handmade cheese as well as having the knowledge of how to make them again at home.
Lunch and refreshments are included in the price and you will be able to buy the equipment and cultures on the day. Classes are limited to 8 people, so make your bookings here.
BURRATA & BOCCONCINI
This should be an interesting one as bocconcini is great in salads. It will be on two dates - Tuesday 12th and 28th February and Tuesday 9th April, from 6 pm to 7.30 pm. They will be held at 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge.
At this class, they are offering champagne while you learn how to make these cheeses from scratch. These cheeses need stretching, folding and making into balls. This is also a beginners class which will be held at Tramway and you will not have to buy special equipment to make these cheeses at home. The class will also touch on milk selection and curd.
The cost of this class is $85 and you can find out more and make your booking here.
Cheesemaker Karen Borg from Willowbrae Chevre Farm makes cheeses and other products that have won awards.
At this workshop, you will be using goat's milk to make your halloumi though if you wish to use cow's milk, please advise them. At the end of the lesson, lunch will be served with the main foods being cheese and wood-fired bread!
It will be held on Sunday 17th March 2019 from 9 am to 3 pm and it will be on at the North Sydney Community Centre, 220 Miller Street, North Sydney. The cost will be $210 and $158 for pensioners and concession.
Workshop fee includes a hoop to keep for your cheese making at home. You will need to bring an apron, wear closed shoes and bring containers for leftovers.