Spend some time with this tasty app!

Even though it is not the Christmas holidays, I was tantalized by this gorgeous red and green chevre appetizer today. It fits in any time of the year, and is soooo simple, you hardly need any time at all to make it for guests who suddenly drop in and need something impressive and yummy. There’s an app for that, and this is it! Thanks to sing for your supper!

 

Goat Cheese Log with Pistachios and Cranberries/Cherries

1 8-ounce log goat cheese
1/2 cup pistachios, shelled
1/2 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries, roughly chopped

sliced baguette or crackers for serving

In a small pan over medium-high heat, toast the pistachios until fragrant; about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool.

Combine the pistachios and cranberries or dried cherries in a plate and roll the goat cheese log in the mixture until completely coated. Place on a serving dish and sprinkle the remaining pistachio/cranberry or cherry mixture around the log. Allow to sit out at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving so the cheese will soften nicely and become more spreadable. Serves approximately 6-8.

Advertisements

Muesli with goat yogurt

This is how you get to eat breakfast if you are a goat farmer!! It is soooooo delicious:)

We usually pour in a cup of muesli, 2 cups of fresh, drinkable goat yogurt and a couple spoonfuls of canned peaches, plums or apricots…way more food than most people who have desk jobs can handle, but hey, we milk twice a day, make cheese and farm, so we burn calories like there’s no tomorrow!

If you want to whip up a batch of our muesli, it couldn’t be simpler. We make up at least 20 cups at a time.

We mix all ingredients in a dry, uncooked state. That is how the muesli is served, too…just mixed into the yogurt, pile in some canned fruit, and there you go. Ready in 1 minute!

Pour 8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats and 8 cups rolled barley flakes (get them at the health food store) into a BIG bowl. Add a couple handfuls of each of the following ingredients: golden raisins, snipped dried apricots, dried cherries, broken walnut meats, flax flour, and snipped pitted dates. Get in there with your hands and make sure that the mixture is completely mixed and the dried fruits (George calls them shrapnel) are well distributed throughout. Store in a big airtight container. Use within one year (it usually lasts us about 6 weeks).

Fresh Yogurt with Muesli and Fruit

We are addicted to a breakfast bowl of cool goat yogurt with a scoop of bircher muesli and a couple spoonfuls of home-canned peaches, plums, apricots or pears. If you are not in possession of home-canned fruits, no worries…you can add whatever fresh or frozen fruits you like, instead! Here are the simple details for making bircher muesli the way we do, and assembling the breakfast of champions.

For the muesli:

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not the quick-cook kind), uncooked

4 cups rolled barley (you can usually get these at a bulk dry goods store, an organic food store, or order online)

1 cup ground flax seed

1 cup broken walnut pieces

1 cup yellow or red raisins or currants

1 cup chopped dates

1 cup chopped dried cherries or blueberries

Or anything non-perishable that you want to toss in, to improve the taste, chewiness and fiber value!

Mix well in a large mixing bowl and put into an airtight cereal container, preferably with a pour spout or large opening so that you can get a scoop in for serving.

For a breakfast serving, pour a cup of plain yogurt into a bowl. Sweeten to taste either with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (our favorite), honey, molasses or fruit syrup. Add the canned or fresh fruit (1/2 cup),

Spooning red joy into a cloud of white yogurt!

then pour or scoop between 1/2 and 1 cup of muesli on top of the yogurt and fruit.

Stir and enjoy!

You can either let the muesli soak in the yogurt for a couple minutes, or eat immediately. This is a very filling breakfast, and we don’t eat it every day, but it is wonderful every other day or as a special treat when you need lots of fiber and an energy boost. And it’s full of Omega 3, healthy amino acids and a great blend of flavors. Thousands of alpine shepherds, hikers and country folk who’ve eaten bircher muesli for generations can’t be wrong!