Our first goal is to find a substitute for our fortnightly take-away meal. Well this goal lasted for about 2 months, and then we bent the rules a little. We only have take-away once a month now, and have saved quite a bit of money in the process. We found that sometimes you have to take a rest from cooking every evening, and we looked forward to something naughty each month. It is very hard to break ingrained habits. The good news is that I always take my lunch to work, mostly frozen left overs, and I find that the money I used to spend is now put towards our savings.
Our second goal is to build a backyard oven. This project was due to start in March when I was on annual leave for a week. Well things didn’t go according to plan, because Kim’s foot got infected, and I have spent the time just running the place. Not a good time for starting a pretty big project. We will see how we go in the spring.
Our third goal is to join/start a local sustainable living group. One out of three ain’t bad. This goal was achieved on the 28th March, which is the day we held our first meeting. We are now active in maintaining interest and the group is in the local paper most months. I really enjoy it and took up the Presidents position within the group. The Melton Sustainable Living Group Inc. is getting larger and stronger every month and we have a keen and diverse membership. It is more than I could have ever dreamed of. I love it when a plan comes together.
Now I am going to add one more.
My fourth goal is to make 12 different types of cheese over the course of 2009. Call me a ‘curd nerd’ if you will, but I love it. It is so relaxing making cheese on a Friday evening, and I find it a great way to unwind after a long week at work (the wine helps as well).
So how many types have I made so far? Here they are so far;
- Cows milk Feta
- Goats milk Feta
- Pepper Jack
- Pyrenees with peppercorns
- Yoghurt Cheese
Well, blow me down with a feather. There is only one more to make! As I have been having trouble deciding what this weeks cheese will be, I am going to let my readers make a suggestion for the final cheese type (I will be making more of course), and I will use a random number generator to pick the variety. Please feel free to leave a suggestion, and I will pick the winner on Friday afternoon, and then get stuck into making it. Oh, and no mozzarella either. I haven’t learnt that technique yet!
Go for it.