Ross M. W. Bennetts


September 10th, 2018

Baked Tasmanian Double-Brie with Hazelnuts & Manuka Honey

Baked Tasmanian Double-Brie with Hazelnuts & Manuka Honey #food #bakedbrie #tasmanian #cheese #honey #hazelnuts #manukahoney #foodporn #foodphotography #yum
@ The Hermitage

January 6th, 2017

Delicious Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart

Delicious Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart #food #hokkaidou #cheese #tart
@ Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart Melbourne Central

October 20th, 2010

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Cheeseday and Wacky Wednesday have merged this week to make Cheesey Wednesday…

Here are some high school students presenting an interesting method for making Gouda.

I like some of their ideas, like the ice-cube trays full of starter culture and the heating of the curds and whey in the oven. Some of their other techniques leave a little do be desired, but it looks like it all worked out in the end and it is quite entertaining to watch.

October 12th, 2010

Happy Cheeseday!

Making cheese at home is much easier than you think. You’ve probably already got most of the things you’ll need in your kitchen. You might need to find a thermometer and some hoops and cloth for draining the whey from the curds. You’ll also need some rennet and some different types of cheeses require cultures, moulds, lipase and other ingredients, but Haloumi is an uncultured cheese.

Here’s a New Zealander called “Guru Ted” making Haloumi in his kitchen.

When I did the ‘Hard Cheeses’ workshop with Siggi and Gustav of Cheese 4 Life we used 3 liters of unhomogenised, organic milk with 1ml of a liquid, non-animal rennet and kept it at 32°C during the first heating rather than the 34°C that Ted uses. We also only let it set for 40 minutes rather than 45 minutes and then left it in the hoop/mold under pressure for ~ 2 hours. If cheesecloth is hard to find where you live or prohibitively expensive, it can be replaced with chux and Ted looks like he’s made his own ‘hoop’ by drilling lots of holes in a plastic container.

Australians can get rennet, cheesecloth and cheese hoops, as well as all sorts of other cool stuff by mail-order, from CheeseLinks or Green Living Australia.

Happy Haloumi making… 🙂