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Marinated Feta Cheese

marinated feta

marinated feta

I almost missed my self imposed posting deadline today, not for lack of ideas or motivation but because like a teenager, I’ve been obsessing about what I’ll wear to our New Years Eve celebrations.

With our friends, we have booked a table for 10 in a swanky restaurant with an uninterrupted view of the Brisbane River. Apparently the view of the midnight fireworks will be spectacular.

My clothing tastes tend towards the quirky; arty and individual. In Melbourne I embraced the layered look in a style that was flattering to my generous womanly proportions. In Melbourne wearing black in both summer and winter was not out of place, but in tropical Brisbane layers are too hot, black is too hot (and immediately identifies me as being from out of town) and for me any fabrics other than fine linen or silk are also too hot.

Generally, what’s on offer in mainstream clothing shops lack appeal to me. I struggle with manmade fibres, bling, large florals, lurid bright colours, caftans, waistlines, hemlines and necklines. My individual style creates expectations that few retailers can satisfy, so the simple solution is to use my well honed sewing skills and ancient sewing machine to create something special for the occasion.

That seemingly simple solution was the crux of my problem. I have a beautiful piece of fine silk, an intricately patterned sari length from India I find particularly pleasing and not wanting to stuff it up, the decision making seemed interminable.

Cutting into that fabric was one of the hardest things I’ve done recently, but after I set my dressmaker self in motion, I breathed a huge sigh of relief and took five minutes to prepare a jar of marinated feta cheese and write this post.

Marinated feta can transform a summer salad from mundane to marvellous, and a jar of marinated feta on standby forms an instant beginning to an antipasto platter.

This is so simple, the most difficult part is waiting a week for the flavours to infuse into the cheese. While there are no hard and fast proportions or flavour choices, strips of lemon zest, fresh herbs from the garden, cracked peppercorns and just a hint of garlic give the most pleasing result. When the cheese has been eaten, strain and discard the aromatics and cheesy detritus from the oil. The oil will then contribute an extra delicious dimension to salad dressings or when sautéing meat and vegetables.

Marinated Feta Cheese

500g feta cheese ( I used Bulgarian sheep’s milk feta)

2 bay leaves

strips of zest from 1/2 lemon

A handful of fresh herbs – small sprigs of rosemary, thyme and sage

1/2 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns

2 cloves of garlic, lightly crushed or 2 teaspoons garlic infused olive oil

375mls good quality olives oil

 

Cut the feta into 3cm X 3cm cubes.

Put a small amount of olive oil into the bottom of a preserving jar with a sealable lid.

Add a few peppercorns and a few sprigs of herbs then begin layering the cheese herbs lemon zest and peppercorns. Be extra careful not to break up the cheese.

Once the jar is full, drizzle over the garlic oil if using.

Fill the jar with olive until the cheese is totally immersed. Seal tightly.

Invert the jar a few times to release any trapped air bubbles, then top up the oil level if necessary.

Store in the fridge for one week before using

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

36 comments on “Marinated Feta Cheese

  1. Karen
    January 4, 2018

    I can sympathize with the clothing situation. I used to wear very conservative seasonal clothing when we lived in New England. Now that we are in Florida, the stores are filled with bright tropical prints but they aren’t me. A question about your cheese…how long can it be kept in the fridge?

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 5, 2018

      I think our clothing climate change situations are similar and equally frustrating. Providing the cheese is kept submerged in oil it will last up to 3 months in the fridge.

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      • Karen
        January 5, 2018

        Thank you for letting me know, I can’t wait to make it.

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  2. sudha
    January 2, 2018

    enjoyed this post

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  3. marymtf
    December 16, 2017

    I haven’t worn a skirt or dress since I retired. I’m much too comfortable in jeans these days. Think of you whenever I visit Books for Cooks. It’s an annual pilgrimage. I buy a gift voucher for my daughter in law each year. They are opposite the Vic market now which makes it easier for me to get to. xx

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 16, 2017

      Oh I miss Books for Cooks. It was such a treat to visit and fossick through the secondhand books. I unearthed many gems

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  4. chef mimi
    December 15, 2017

    I really enjoyed this post. I’m mostly accused of looking frumpy, myself. But after years of having to wear pantyhose, then being pregnant twice and ending up a stay at home mother, I don’t want to wear anything tight or uncomfortable.I look for terms like “A-line” and “swing” in tops! When we moved to the country a while back to what is now our permanent home, I threw away my old sewing machine. Looking at it reminded me of our tough years – moving every two years, sewing curtains, clothes for the kids, sewing tablecloths and napkins, etc. I even worked at a fabric store so I could sew more for our family and make gifts. Those tough times are finally over, but I went out recently and bought myself a nice, much more modern sewing machine. I’m no dressmaker, but it’s nice to know how to sew, and can when I want to!

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 16, 2017

      I always enjoyed sewing and made all my kids clothing then looking to challenge myself I learned pattern drafting which allowed me to push my style beyond what was available commercially without breaking the bank. I love clothes but can’t bear to be uncomfortable either. Good luck with the new sewing machine. Mine was a 21st birthday present from my parents. It has sewn millions of kilometres and has never missed a beat. I’d be devastated if it broke down because I don’t think there would be parts available now to fix it.

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      • chef mimi
        December 17, 2017

        Oh my goodness! Probably not!

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  5. Eha
    December 15, 2017

    The feta recipe is so simple and ‘tastes’ so great it is already on my ‘holiday’ list! Must admit to a big smile that after decades of being a rather fashionable Eastern Suburbs gal in Sydney, I now very happily live in jeans, crazy tops, loose kaftans, sarongs and the like! Just one ‘practical’ suggestion for those domiciled in Australia/ I buy absolutely e’thing on line, and, after years of practice, very successfully. There is a rather fun link to ‘hardtofind’ I use rather oft: many small or private clothes firms have some fun and different gear to show. Have bought from Darwin and Broome and all places north and south, usually with happy results . . . .

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 15, 2017

      Thanks for the online clothing tip Eha, my purchases on the net have been less than successful

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  6. Debi @ An Evolving Life
    December 15, 2017

    Very amusing that you take a calming break by making marinated feta – a great standby, by the way. Hope the dress worked out. I know exactly what you mean. While in the UK, I lived in jeans. Here in Athens, warmer climates necessitate a very different wardrobe + we have a lot more social obligations, so frocks, heels, etc. I prefer tailored or simple things in good fabrics, but the Greek shops are bling-happy and I cannot see myself wearing sequins… Without your sewing skills, It’s the internet for me.

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 15, 2017

      Sounds like Athens and Brisbane have similar tastes. Definitely a challenge. I haven’t had much luck over the net.

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  7. mistimaan
    December 15, 2017

    Just loved it 🙂

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  8. Glenda
    December 15, 2017

    Marinated feta is good, very good in fact but a photo of you in your new outfit would be wonderful. You have us all curious now.

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  9. Linda Duffin
    December 15, 2017

    In spite of your agonies of indecision, I envy you being able to make patterns and to sew. Neither falls into my skill set. I too would love to see the outfit when you’ve finished it. And the marinated feta looks delicious, such a handy thing to have in the fridge. Lx

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 15, 2017

      My poor old arthritic hands are aching badly after yesterday’s sewing session. This may well be my last hurrah as a dressmaker. It’s still a work in progress, so far so good, hopefully it will be photo worthy

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  10. Debra Kolkka
    December 14, 2017

    The feta look s great. I will be doing this, than you.

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  11. Debra Kolkka
    December 14, 2017

    I make all my own clothes out of linen and cotton for summer. I used to have a shop in the Brisbane Arcade until we bought our house in Italy. I still do the occasional Pop Up shop where I make and sell pure linen and cotton clothes for women who want something individual. I have just finished a Pop Up but there will be another in February. I find silk too hot for Brisbane summers.

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 15, 2017

      I do find buying clothes in Brissy quite a challenge. My taste and demands seem to be at odds with what’s available. For me, the silk needs to be very fine and it works ok in air con. Please let me know about your pop up in Feb. 😃

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      • Debra Kolkka
        December 16, 2017

        I write a post about my Pop Ups on my blog. I will do that again in February.

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  12. theoliveoiltaster
    December 14, 2017

    I love this recipe. Can I share it on my blog please? If I press the ‘share’ button it seems to have all your info and details and links etc. Just let me know before I do it though please – I don’t want to upset anyone!

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 15, 2017

      Hi there. I have the share button turned off after a bad experience with my content being reblogged, in bulk, without consent. However I have no issue if you reproduce the recipe and write a post to share the idea, provided you acknowledge the source. I really appreciate that you asked. 😀

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      • theoliveoiltaster
        December 15, 2017

        Oh no worries. I will of course give full credit and link to your blog. It’s winter here in the UK of course so I’m saying how lovely that would be as a Christmas gift and great as part of a buffet lunch on Boxing Day. Have a great festive season and I’ll share the link when the post goes live 😃

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  13. Lisa @ cheergerm
    December 14, 2017

    Ah the waiting…..but how worth it, I adore marinated feta. Also, loved your clothes story. Very cool that you can sew your own. (Mum used to sew but it’s not a skill I inherited.)

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 14, 2017

      I think dressmaking is a bit of a lost art. The thing that kept me sewing was learning to draft patterns. It sets you free from the constraints of “fashion.” Marinated feta rocks…

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  14. Francesca
    December 14, 2017

    Now that’s another great summer standby that I also do. But I no longer sew. And I have the exact same list as you when it comes to clothing styles and fabrics that I don’t wear. And quirkiness too. So I am VERY excited to see what you make. Cutting into that piece of collected sari must have been a terrifying moment. Please share your creation. I need to know how to dress and have lost all hope of finding anything suitable to wear anywhere.

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 14, 2017

      I love having marinated feta ready to go. I know it’s summer when I start thinking about using it. Clothes are so frustrating, esp when you like to look nice. I had just got comfortable with my Melbourne style and I stick with it on a day to day basis, but I need to try and fit in somehow at night without resorting to the bling. I think nowI’m on the right track

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      • Francesca
        December 14, 2017

        Do show the frock, when done, please. I know you only use PP the recipe for food but maybe you could show the creation, the add a little recipe afterwards….

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  15. Ardys
    December 14, 2017

    I hear you on the whole issue of trying to buy a ready-made outfit that suits my short, curvy body! Interesting that natural fibres don’t suit you, because cotton is about all I find comfortable in hotter weather. I hope our daughter never decides to marry because I will probably drive myself insane trying to find something to wear…and don’t get me started on shoes… the marinated feta looks and sounds delicious. I must try that one some time. Have a good festive season Sandra.

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 14, 2017

      Linen is my first fabric choice for the hotter weather Ardys, but it’s hard to make it look dressy. I think despite the procrastination I’m now on the right path. Oh, and I hear you on the shoe front too. Do try the feta….

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