Cheese defined simply is just milk that has been turned into curd with the help of good bacteria and some enzyme.The milk separates into liquid(whey) and solids (curd).The result is a fermented milk product that is very nutritious.
You see curdling in milk that has gone bad or what we call mala(sour milk) here in Kenya.
If you like milk,then maybe you should not pass on the cheese as it is a food high in saturated fat.
However it is a very good source of protein,calcium and phosphorus,the last two being very good for bone and teeth development.
Some advice though is that do not go overboard with the cheese platter
Now Kenya has a fairly vibrant dairy industry but apart from consuming milk on its own we rarely use other milk products becuase they are often too highly priced.
Butter,cream,heavy cream,sour cream,cream cheese,powdered milk,condensed milk, powdered milk to name but a few can become part and parcel of Kenyan cuisine if creatively used.
Using cheese in your kitchen will be determined my many things including its flavour,texture and what you want to serve it with.
Apart from using it in sandwiches ,as a topping in pizzas,cheese can be used in many ways and here are just a few.
1.Dessert Served as part of dessert and are a great accompaniment to wines or even beer.The sweet nutty cheeses are used for cheese trays or served with fruits too e.g Baby Swiss
2.Garnish:This is usually for the firm kind of cheeses as they are perfect for grating and are used to garnish pasta dishes ,beans,salads or chilli’s.
3.Bread spread:Soft cheeses like cream cheese are great for this as they are smooth and spreadable
4.In salads e.g Feta cheese a soft crumbly cheese of Grecian origins is added to salads.
5.In breads:It is also added to bread to add interesting flavour e.g Grogonzola
More on cheese can be found at www.recipegoldmine.com
Cheese is not only made from cows milk but can be made from sheep’s milk ( Parmesan cheese) or goat milk .Any kind of milk can give you cheese even buffalo milk.