Archive for the ‘Cheese’ Category

13
Dec

Mushroom Cheesecake

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Tina baked this Mushroom Cheesecake with our cheese today – Celery soft cheese, Cheddar and Mozarella on the top. Will post recipes soon in our Recipe Book.

13
Dec

Our Posters for Outlets

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If you are in Coimbatore, Coonoor or Ooty, look out for the Acres Wild Cheese poster shown below. It also has a list of other outlets at the bottom.

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15
Nov

Mozzarella Experiment Successful

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Tina finally made Mozzarella the way she says is the correct way to make it. Here are some photos. Tomorrow we will eat it!

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11
Nov

Ricotta Cheese Released

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We have made and stocked Ricotta Cheese at Baker’s Junction in Coonoor. It went very quickly and good too as it has a short shelf life of only about a week. About 4 weeks if vacuum packed which we are now doing.

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Ricotta Cheese at Acres Wild Cheesemaking Farm, Coonoor.

Ricotta is a cheese made from the whey that is left over after any other cheese is made. Below are 2 photos of skimming the Ricotta from the top of the whey and pouring it into a plastic basket to form.

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Scooping the Ricotta

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Pouring the Ricotta into basket for draining

11
Oct

Acres-Fetta Cheese released in Coonoor

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As a surprise, Tina suddenly rolled out our version of a popular cheese that we call Acres-Fetta Cheese.  However she made it of cow’s mik.  It was very good as far as I could make out but we were reassured by our neighbours who bought it from Baker’s Junction, Coonoor.  They said it was………. well better you get some and find out 🙂

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Acres-Fetta from Acres Wild Cheesemaking Farm, Coonoor, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India.

11
Oct

Camembert in Coonoor

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After a long gap since we first made Camembert, Tina has now got back into action finally.  And the result is very good. First 2 pieces sold out within 24 hours so there are definitely some Camembert lovers around.

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Camembert at Acres Wild Cheesemaking Farm

Our Camembert is in regular production and we will be keeping it from Baker’s Junction Coonoor for the time being.  In a short while we will introduce it in Oxford Bookstore, Coimbatore too as we have got good response from there too.

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Camembert Maturing in Temperature Controlled Fridge

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1
Sep

Outlook Traveller on Acres Wild Cheese

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Check out the Sept Issue of Outlook Traveller for an article on Acres Wild Cheese by Brinda.  Printing the excerpt relating to Acres Wild Cheese here below……………….

THE BIG CHEESE
Brinda Suri on Coonoor’s quiet cheese revolution
Move over Niligiri tea, Niligiri cheese is the current flavour of the quiet, blue hills. After Ooty and Kodaikanal cheese, the latest hill station to make cheese news is Coonoor.The tucked-away town unexpectedly held new meaning when a department store salesperson in Bedford, Upper Coonoor, asked whether I needed ‘hard or soft cheese’. Standard grocery shops don’t usually offer such options. A little probing revealed…………………………………… quite a variety in Colby, Gouda, Gruyère, Camembert, Havarti, Monterey Jack, etc.

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I’m always sniffing around for fresh and natural-rind cheese, a subject of many a discussion courtesy my grandfather, a dairy specialist. I’ve relishedhis numerous cheese tales, the most delicious being those about his official bungalows with cellars full of cheese and I’ve always rued the fact that I wasn’t around then.

Acres Wild cheese, shares its name with the farm where it’s prepared. It’s also widely known as ‘Tina’s cheese’, a compliment to someone who started on a modest scale. It all began in 2006 when Tina Fonseca and her husband Mansoor Khan decided to move from the bustle of Bombay to the quiet of Coonoor. “The farm is largely our effort to shape a self-sustaining, organic lifestyle—to whatever degree that’s possible. So initially we kept cows for fertiliser, so came the milk and now the cheese,” says Mansoor, reflecting on a way of life far removed from his days under the arc lights. Yes, you do know him, as a film director who’s tasted success with blockbusters like QSQT, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander and as co-producer of the latest hit Jaane Tu…

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But today he would rather be associated with the Acres Wild concept of farming and its cheese which has built up a reputation with connoisseurs. The couple zealously logs in all experiences on their website which has become an interactive platform for those with similar interests.

Only select stores in Coonoor, Ooty and Coimbatore retail………….  The result is cheese that’s a must-buy on your next trip to the Nilgiris.

Contact
Tina & Mansoor Khan: No 1 Tiger Hill, Coonoor, Farm Address: 571, Upper Meanjee Estate, Kannimariamman Kovil Street, Coonoor; www.acres-wild.com

23
Aug

Hindu article on Acres Cheese in Coimbatore

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The Hindu Metro, Coimbatore covered the launch of our cheese at the Oxford Bookstore.   The reporter is Pankaja, Senior Correspondent an old friend from our early days of hacking at making cheese.  Pankaja had done another article on Acres Wild cheese in 2006.

Photo: K. Ananthan (courtesy The Hindu)

In this new article Pankaja has conveyed the idea behind our cheesemaking very accurately and with her characteristic sense of humour.  READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

20
Aug

Cheese launch at Oxford Bookstore

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A big event for us was our cheese launch at Oxford Bookstore and Cha Bar in Coimbatore.  Thanks to Rajeev and Priya the owners, there was a great turnout of a wide cross section of people.  Most of them are patrons of their bookstore and avid readers.  So most of them were very knowledgeable about cheese and had lots of questions to ask Tina about the process of making gourmet cheese.

After the talk the guests got a chance to sample our cheeses that included our new range of flavoured hard cheeses like Smoked Gouda and Caraway Gouda which were instant hits.  We are most encouraged and looking forward to experimenting with more flavours in hard cheese.

The Happy Owners – Rajeev and Priya.

Oxford Bookstore stocks lots of books on Cheese, cheese recipes, gourmet food and wines.  Apart from that they have an excellent selection of books of all kinds, books and games for children.

And the Cha Bar part is excellent too.  We sampled some delicious grilled sandwiches and different varieties of tea made to perfection.  Do check them out when you are in Coimbatore at Ground Floor, Red Rose Chambers, 1437, Trichy Road, Coimbatore 641 018.

Phone: 91-422-420-4804

email: oxfordcoimbatore@yahoo.com

23
Jul

Shivani Stores Ooty now a cheese outlet

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Ok we have hit the main street in Ooty and that is the place most people go to buy all the stuff that Nilgiri and Ooty has to offer.  So now they can even buy Acres Wild cheese from Shivani Stores that is right in the centre of Commercial Street in Ooty.