Yes, indeed, that is raw milk. I’m becoming “crunchy” in my old age. It's a pleasant surprise. You see, I had a faint distain for "food au naturel” born out of my experience working in a health food store as a teen. It was my first honest-to-goodness collect-a-paycheck job. It was memorable, but mostly not in a good way. More about that some other time. I will tell you this--the word ‘carob’ still makes me twitchy. And don't get me started on brown-hued goat cheese (shudder). Moving on…
Thanks to my daughter-in-law Niamh, I’ve learned to make homemade yogurt, yay! And I vow never to buy store bought, overly sweet pudding-like yogurt again.
The very first time I tasted authentic yogurt was in the 1st grade on a school bus. The girl sitting next to me popped open her lunch box and said, “Look! This is yogurt. Wanna taste it?” I did. The taste was strangely amazing. So was this little girl beside me who shared, with a complete stranger, a taste of her school lunch. I guess that’s what you call random.
We must have been in different grades, because aside from sitting on the bus together, I never saw her. I vaguely remember her telling me that she hadn’t been born in the States, and I recall that she had exotic looks that I admired. She also told me she came from a wealthy family. "Yeah, me too", I lied. And I think she believed me until I described the marble fountain that we had in our living room. That's the thing about tall tales - it's hard to know when you're six how tall is too tall.
So wherever you are, school bus friend, thank you for broadening my culinary horizons. And thank you Niamh for the know-how, and bringing back a nice memory.
Making yogurt at home is incredibly easy. You don’t need any fancy equipment apart from a thermometer to keep from overheating the milk. A candy thermometer worked very well for me. If you have a pot, a colandar, a tea towel, milk (doesn't have to be raw), and some yogurt culture, you can make your own Greek-style yogurt. The taste is tangy, sour in a good way. There's nothing like a bowl full with honey drizzled over it. Yum! The directions on the yogurt culture package are pretty straightforward, but I’ll be happy to email anyone who’s interested with more information.
My next adventure - kombucha tea - woot!