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Friday, December 22, 2017

REQUESÓN WITH A SIMPLY DELICIOUS SNACK FOR RICOTTA CHEESE

whey cheese, ricotta. Curd cheeses and butter are made by curdling leftover whey.  [ES: Carroll-Mann. Guisados 2-art. Jun 6, 01:ftn 20 ES: Lord-Williams. "a una amno." Nov 10, 10; "cobijada." Jan 3, 13; "crujar." Sep 16, 13;  and Nola. 1989:xiiii-5:xlv-2]

Straining off liquid from ricotta cheese
Photo by: Lord-Williams
ANOTHER DISH MADE FROM RICOTTA CHESSE ADAPTED FROM MARÍN'S TRANSLATION OF IBN RAZĪN AL-TAĞĪBĪ’S RELIEVES DE LAS MESAS, ACERCA DE LAS DELICIAS DE LA COMIDA Y LOS DIFERENTES PLATOS SEC 6. CH 1, #1. OTRO PLATO QUE SE HACE CON REQUESÓN, p 258

Ingredients

½ lb ricotta cheese
salt to taste

Garnish

About 6 olives
About 12 capers
1 heaping tbsp. lime preserve[1]
black caraway
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped chives

A Uniquely Delicious Snack
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Preparation

Select ½ lb or more whey or ricotta as needed. Put it on bed of esparto grass and cover. Strain it to insure that as much liquid as possible is released. Remove the whey from the bed and rub it by hand over a horsehair strainer with a dish to catch the drippings underneath.[2] Put the ricotta cheese in a dry new earthern ware pot that has not been moistened with water and mix it with salt.[3]  Set aside until ready to use.

When ready to eat put it in a bowl and extend it over the surface with a spoon. Pick up small portions of the cheese and place them along the borders of the bowl. Garnish the borders with olive oil and capers and in the center place lime preserves and decorate with a little black caraway. Sprinkle with olive oil  and chives.

This recipe cannot be saved. It is most delicate and must be consumed immediately but it is a must as an extrememly simple and tasty appetizer served on slices of bread or crackers.


[1] As lime preserve was not available, orange marmalade was used.
[2] Nowadays it just mashed in a strainer if there is any liquid.
[3] Salt was not added as comercial ricota today has plenty.


MARÍN'S TRANSLATION OF IBN RAZĪN AL-TAĞĪBĪ’S
RELIEVES DE LAS MESAS, ACERCA DE LAS DELICIAS DE LA COMIDA 
Y LOS DIFERENTES PLATOS 
SEC 6. CH 1, #1. OTRO PLATO QUE SE HACE CON REQUESÓN, p 258


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