Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hot Dates!

I had made this dish some time ago and forgot to post it. Yesterday, when I was going through the drafts, I found this recipe of mine and thought, "Better late than never" and here I am with a very simple to make and elegant looking dish. You will love this immensely if you like goat cheese.


I read somewhere that drinking goat milk is really good for health and I went and bought a bottle of goat milk. With great enthusiasm, I had a sip, and that was it. I knew, I would not be able to finish it off... throwing it away was out of question so I thought to make fresh cheese and this recipe was born. 


I love fresh dates, because they aren't too sweet and also healthy :-) Combining fresh goat cheese with dates was a great idea and both my hubby and I loved this dish. Hope you like it too. 


Ingredients

750 ml - goat milk 
3 tbsp - lemon juice 
1/4 tsp - pepper powder 
salt to taste 1/2 tsp - dried italian herbs 
5 piece - fresh dates, pitted and thinly sliced
1 tbsp - honey 
a pinch of salt
a pinch of rock salt
a generous pinch of red chilli flakes 

basil leaves to garnish 

balsamico vinegar (optional)

Method




  1. Heat the goat milk in a pan and when it comes to a boil, add the lemon juice and cook, stirring continuously until the milk curdles. (it took around 10 minutes to curdle so don't lose patience) 
  2. Strain the whey through a muslin cloth/fine sieve and let some tap water run over the cheese, which will help in washing off the lemon extract. 
  3. Squeeze the muslin cloth to remove excess moisture and if using a sieve, then press the cheese with a spoon to squeeze out excess water. 
  4. Put the cheese in a bowl, add the salt, pepper powder, dried herbs and mix well
  5. Add the honey, salt, rock salt, chilli flakes and dates in a pan and cook until the dates are slightly brown. (I kept the dates slightly hard, if you want them tender, first cook the dates a bit and then add the honey) 
  6. Put the cheese in a small bowl and press it gently and then turn the bowl upside down onto a serving dish and top it up with caramelised dates and garnish with basil leaves and serve. 


We tried one with balsamico vinegar and one without and both tasted good.

Enjoy!

59 comments:

  1. mmmmmm...yummy n delcious...amazing clicks....

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  2. Wow! It would be so good if I could get fresh dates here!!!

    ciao

    Alessandra

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  3. Hmm, that looks very impressive.

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  4. I like the picture with flowy balsamic vinegar...I love anything that is tangy or sour.

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  5. Looks delicious love the click with balsamic vinegar.

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  6. I like the tarty and tangy flavor of goat cheese!!
    This recipe is interesting

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  7. Dates and Goat cheese sound too good together!

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  8. The combo sounds very gourmet and pro like...Nice!

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  9. wow what a creative and mouth watering dish that is..loved the clicks!!

    US Masala

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  10. You're very creative! This looks so delicious and beautiful with simple ingredients. I love it!

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  11. Wow, this sure looks amazing! A combination of goat cheese and dates sounds excellent!

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  12. Such an innovative dish beautifully clicked

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  13. Back after a long time..Happy new year!!wonderful recipe and nice click!!

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  14. Innovative recipe and lovely pics as usual.
    Happy New year

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  15. That looks awesome...Love your pics...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  16. Goat milk, fresh dates!! Sounds exotic and interesting. Shall try to find out and make this lovely recipe.

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  17. Very nutritious. Love the sauce flowing.

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  18. Goat milk cheese and fresh dates...good combo...and the finish looks great.
    Great idea.

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  19. Such an innovative dish..You rock Rachana! Cheers

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  20. Rocking!!! gr8 combo... loved d clicks...

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  21. Very creative idea, and such an elegant presentation!! I would love to try this with ricotta or paneer :)

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  22. Loved the presentation, even I have never had goat milk.
    Have a great weekend Rachana:-)

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  23. mouthwatering yet healthy dish. drooling over the last click.

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  24. Interesting recipe..loved your presentation,superb

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  25. very interesting n innovative.... beautiful presentation...

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  26. Wow that looks soooooooooooo delicious and lovely yummy recipe.

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  27. Rachana, vim agradecer-lhe por todo seu carinho nas visitas ao Blog da Nô!
    Desejo um ótimo ano novo e conto contigo para mais um ano cheio de delícias!
    Um beijo!
    :o)

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  28. Ur post makes me sigh , coz fresh dates are a rare find here :-)
    Delicious!
    And here's wishing u and ur family a brite sunshine new year wth lovee too!

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  29. thats innovative and very well presented

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  30. Very unique recipe and a wonderful presentation.

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  31. I recently visited a date farm,great combo,looks mouthwatering...

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  32. i LOVE cheese with balsamic vinegar...and i haven't seen the fresh dates they look so beautiful and lovely recipe :)

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  33. Very innovative recipe sounds delicious.

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  34. Super duper recipe..just amazing!!!

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  35. I like both fresh as well as dry dates.You certainly used the goat milk very well.Looks delish!

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  36. LOOKS DELICIOUS AND LOVED THE PICS TOO

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  37. looks yummy and superb.....bookmarked

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  38. sounds interesting !!!!
    looks delicious dear....
    lovely clicks :)

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  39. Great creation dear! Looks awesome and yum...

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  40. They both look delicious. If they taste anywhere near as good as they look, you have a real keeper on your hands. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  41. looks beautiful and tasty

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  42. Brilliant job girlie! Loved the way you created a new dish. Also the clicks are so beautiful.

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  43. That's a brilliant idea! Where did you get fresh dates? Turkish stores?

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  44. Dear Angie,

    Thanks! I got fresh dates from Indian store at Stachus.

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  45. Very innovative recipe sounds delicious.

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  46. Thanks for your wishes Rach! Happy new yr..

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  47. Beautiful and delicious dish! It is very innovative to make goat cheese paneer :-)

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  48. That looks absolutely stunning, enjoyed ur chat with Nithubala and loved the Chyawanprash recipe. Glad to follow u.

    Chichat

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  49. first time and to mention I've found some real good recipes here.. love to follow u..
    do visit me

    http://www.easycookingforamateurs.com/

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  50. So very new recipe to me and the dates looks so nice,thanks for sharing!

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  51. That's goatsmilk ricotta. So clever! I do love fresh dates too, so this sounds like the perfect combination. Yum!

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  52. wow looks so delicious and nice click too

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  53. très bonne idée fromage de chèvre et dattes une assiette appétissante et belle présentation bravo
    bonne journée

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  54. I love how determined you were to use up the goat's milk even though you weren't in love with it! When life gives you bad milk...make cheese. This sounds like such a decadent dish!

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  55. That sounds too good...Never tried anything like this before :-)

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  56. Sorry to have missed several of your posts... not sure why i'm not getting notifications when you post something new.
    My cousin who tried goat milk had the same thing to say.. she said that the smell was overpowering. It's lovely how you turned it into this beautiful dish.

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  57. Very interesting dish! Even I can't handle Goat's milk, am sure I can handle this dish.

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