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Saturday, December 12, 2015

MARINATED GOAT CHEESE TWO WAYS #Christmas #appetisers #giveaway @AbbottMysteries




BY VICTORIA ABBOTT AKA MARY JANE AND VICTORIA MAFFINI 

 

 

 Christmas is almost upon us!  Even though it’s unusually warm here this week here in Eastern Ontario and the grass is green, we can feel the excitement in the air.  It’s a lot easier to get around and shop without slush, snow or freezing rain.  We love a white Christmas but are looking at this weather as a gift.  The last two years  we had minus 20 Celsius aka minus 4 Fahrenheit from late November.  Not that we’re bitter!  So let's celebrate with a giveaway!  Read to the end for details.

Of course, Christmas is always fun here at Mystery Lovers Kitchen.  We love the visitors and friends and neighbors dropping in.  It’s all great if you’re ready in time.  Over the years, we’ve posted recipes here for make-ahead baking to give ourselves a breather on the run-up to the big day (or the big week!)      j

This year we turned our hand to Marinated Goat Cheese. Are we the last people to fall in love with this little recipe?  Never mind. We’re in the game now.  We tried these first when we had dinner for eight last week.  They were close friends and we told them they were Guinea Pigs. They sipped their wine and stiffened their spines.  But the Marinated Goat Cheese was a hit. Both versions. 

We’re making more because we never know when someone will drop in and because they just get better marinating.  Plus, you don’t have to be too fussy about exact measurements and can change the ingredients to suit yourself.

Let us present:  Marinated Goats Cheese Two Ways.

We invested in pretty mason jars with flip tops and pink peppercorns (which we couldn’t find in our village).  We think they jazz things up a bit.  These would also make great gifts.


MARINATED GOAT CHEESE TWO WAYS



Maple Walnut Marinated Goat Cheese

Ingredients:  


1 log goat cheese (250 grams/8 ounces)Good quality olive oil (about 1/4 cup)1/2 cup walnut oil  
1 ounce pink peppercorns
½ cup walnut pieces, toasted
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Orange zest (we decided against it because of an allergy)
 

All you do is: 

Toast walnut pieces at 350 F for about ten minutes. Cool.
Slice the goat cheese into medallions


Place two or three medallions in the wide-mouthed jar.  Sprinkle with pink peppercorns and walnuts.
Mix olive and walnut oil.
Drizzle with maple syrup and oil,   

Repeat until all medallions are used. How easy is that?  Cover with remaining oil. You may need to add a bit more.



Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for one to two weeks (or at least a couple of days).
Bring to room temperature before serving so the olive oil becomes liquid again. Serve with fresh rolls, crostini or your favorite crackers. Ours were gobbled up before we had time to take photos!

 

Lemon Garlic Marinated Goat Cheese




1 log goat cheese (250 grams/8 ounces) for each
Good quality olive oil (about ¾ cup)
Fresh thyme sprigs and fresh rosemary


1 ounce pink peppercorns


Zest of one lemon
2 cloves garlic sliced

All you do is:

Slice the goat cheese into medallions
Place two or three medallions in the wide-mouthed jar.  Sprinkle with pink peppercorns and thyme, lemon zest and garlic. Drizzle with oil. 
Repeat until all medallions are used. How easy is that?  Cover with remaining oil. You may need to add a bit more!





Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for one to two weeks (or at least a couple of days).
Bring to room temperature before serving so the olive oil becomes liquid again.




Serve with fresh rolls, crostini or your favorite crackers.
We hope you enjoy these and however you celebrate or brighten your life during the dark days of December, we hope you have joy, happiness and great food. We hope you get to put your feet up and relax!



We hope you get to read lots of books too, of course, it goes without saying.



With great affection to all our friends and readers, from Victoria Abbott (aka Mary Jane and Victoria Maffini) and our furry friends.



We wish you all things bright and beautiful, like this amaryllis that was a month early this year and a month late last year. We love it anyway.



Please come by with a comment and you might win our fabulous book collector tote!  You know you want it! Perfect for lugging your Christmas books about.



Merry and happy to all!