Cheese Workshop in Jerusalem. For over a year in waiting
I have been wanting to get a cheese workshop together in the holy city of Jerusalem for over a year, and last Thursday morning it finally happened. The host/organizer of this workshop is someone that I had never met, but from the conversations that we had, I knew that she was going to get this done and done well.
I was not let down. The morning started with our host her preparing coffee and bagels for those that came to the workshop. This was a wonderful surprise as it really set the mood for what was going to take place.
I had come in the night before so I had had a chance to speak with her a little about the crowd that was going to come. This group she explained was her walking group and they were friends. I thought ok, that’s nice she got some friends together that like to go walking and now they want to make cheese.
Well, it was so much more than that. These were not just friends, but FRIENDS. The bond that this group had was truly wonderful to see. I saw this as soon as each one came in to the room. They were all excited about not only what was going to happen, but to see each other as well. There was just a true happiness to be there by all of them. I have to say, it was wonderful and heartwarming not to say the least.
One of the things that I loved was the mix of countries that were there as well as stories of cheese making experiences that were
We started the workshop right away with the making of the Ricotta cheese. This cheese takes the longest to make, so we get it out of the way at the beginning so we can focus on the cheese making process, ingredients, equipment etc… We ended up with wonderful Ricotta the first time round. The Mozzarella seemed to shine for some and well not much for others. This does sometimes happen though and when it does, just eat what you have and enjoy it.
I want to say thank you to all of you for making this a wonderful day.
I think that all in all it was a wonderful time, and I think that this email that I received sums up the feeling of the participants.