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Goat cheese and beetroot tart.

Wow its a beautiful day here in sunny Lithgow! That’s me being ultra positive HA! Well it’s great to get out on the farm when it’s warm so bring on the sun Lord!
I did a great tart a month or so ago.

Practicing for summer, with our goat curd either the fresh pressed or the spreadable will work. So here it is to celebrate summer on the way.

A ladies Touch…

Filling

4 small beetroot, cook, slice and dry on paper towel
150gm Jannei Buche Blanc or 200gm of Jannei Fresh Curd
Seasoning-Rock salt and ground pepper.
6 sprigs of lemon Thyme

Glaze

1 large tbl.sp of Honey 1 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp. Olive oil

Pastry

200gm plain flour
1/2 tsp. caraway seed
60gm butter
c.8 tbl.sp ice cold water

METHOD

Pre heat oven to 170C and grease a tart dish with butter.

Pastry.

Into a large bowl place flour and chop butter in. Rub together through finger tips till bread crumb like. Be careful to add just enough water to combine to non sticky dough consistency. Place in glad wrap in fridge – the longer the better.

Beetroot.
Cook your beetroot by simmering, covered with water in a pan till cooked 20 min skewer and if it goes in easily it’s done.

Glaze.
Make a glaze by putting ingredients in microwave and heating 1 minute.

Pastry.
Roll out pastry to fit dish. Place oven bake paper on top with some coins. Place in oven and cook 10 minutes.
Take paper off and coin cook another 10 minutes.

Beetroot.

Peel outer skin off beetroot. Slice beetroot and place in paper towel to dry.

When pastry cooked. Place one layer of Beetroot, then spread or spoon the 200gms of Jannei goat cheese curd on top then layer on top the rest of beetroot.
Sprinkle over the sprinkle Thyme then the glaze and let it seep through.

Put back in oven at 180C .
bake -15 to 20 minutes till golden

A great light meal served with tossed rocket and spinach salad with baby tomatos. Serve with wedges of lemon to squeeze over salad and tart

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French guest at the farm, Ivan Larcher

Ivan Larcher and Neil Watson goat cheeseApril was a busy month for us. We had a French guest at the farm Ivan Larcher . Invited to Australia by the Australian Specialty Cheesemaker’s Association.

We jumped at the chance and invited him to Jannei when the option was offered . He was a great source of information for us and he helped us review what we are doing. We have lots of ideas to run by him. He helped us sort our ideas out because he could come from the outside and give us a fresh and experienced view point as he has seen many cheese makers in France and all over the world .

He described himself as a Cheese Tourist. We had Len from the Lithgow Mercury out to take this photo and he wrote a great article in our local rag. It was an informative time too we went to his lectures in Sydney. We have wanted to go to France to check out goat cheese -maybe one day we will, but in Ivan France came to us!

 

 

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Jannei goes to Melbourne!!!

After much preparation and arrangements getting cheese shipped out for delivery to the Australian Specialty Cheese Awards judging at Werribee for Friday the 24th of August and to the Cheese Show public tasting at Ormond Hall near Prahran Melbourne for the 25th August Neil and I (Janette) headed off to Melbourne for a three day stint !

We left frost and ice bitten Lidsdale ,Tim to care for the kidding goats and the Factory dormant awaiting our return . I had spent time preparing flyers and business cards and had used the” Wow” word as a prominent theme for the flyer . It was ironic because after the three days it was a WOW time we had…(and I will up date the flyer with more Wows ha!)

We had wow fun as we learnt to navigate the Tram, Bus and Train System with our Myki Cards sooo… exiting , and on a cheese level with another achievement for the Buche Noir which made for such a moral boost and excitement at the wards dinner in Fitzroy!

We stayed in a lovely apartment , had some date dinners together , did some valuable marketing talking to retail outlets, attended the Awards Dinner and had some well timed help from close family at a massively packed cheese show in which we where able to clear out most of the stock we took.

Gracing our stall apart from our super new pull up sign designed by Nick, our web site manager ,was our most recent trophy of the night before! We entered 7 cheese styles of which two achieved Gold awards in the soft curd section, the fresh curd and the Noir. The judges take the top 6 or so cheese in each category and give them a point score . This means the majority of cheese entered don’t know how they went at all unless they get a high score and even then it’s only if you get gold or win the section that you find out how you went.
As very small cheese makers we always find this difficult because we need to know how we are grading to be able to improve .

Luck has had it though that we do very well with our soft cheese. We had others in the hard cooked section, the marinated section, the textured section and the white mould section. People tasting on the Saturday loved our cheddar , agreed the fetta was a solid lower salt healthy cheese, devoured all the white moulds and approved of the exquisite curd and so on!
We pulled out cheese from sale stock to go down as we had no surplus at this time, to take, as it’s the end of winter and goats are only just kidding,, but it was well worth it!

We learnt a lot on the public cheese tasting day and while travelling around Melbourne . Its a great place because the small deli is still in demand and there we found lots of cheese and checked out what everyone else in our small industry of -farm made cheeses was doing . Our new slogan at the show on our sign was; “Quality from our farm to your home”! Which we hope you will agree it is. We spoke to business owners who where very keen to take on our cheese so I have lots of follow up to get on with! We found that Jannei still had what it takes and its given us that power boost we need, as being so small it often feels like you are up against too much competition.

Hope you enjoy the pictures , our news update and our cheese..
Cheers from Janette at Jannei Goat Dairy.

To read the full report click here and download the pdf!

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RAW Goat Milk Availability

Jannei has a range of ways you can get RAW Goat Milk

For more information about us and our milk head over to our raw goat milk page.

To get a minimum of 6 litres home delivered head over to our shop and see if it comes to your area.

For retail shops head to the where I can get cheese page.

Thanks for checking us out!

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The Cheese Cake

Jannei - cheese cakeNeil recently turned 60 and to celebrate I made a cheese cake for him.

I have to say that not all of it is Jannei Cheese but most of it is… If you even fancy a cheese cake  for your event please give us a call and we might be able to fix you up.

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Spring? In the air?

Well here are the first photos as promised! The girls are kidding and they think its spring, even if the humans are seriously still shuddering when the sun goes under a cloud! But we guess they know best.
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These photos of a doe and her kids, was the third doe to  kid , the two kids on their own came the day before and at the stage of the photos we had six kids in total but since the sleuth photographer was freezing her butt capturing this doe just after kidding, there have been over a dozen mothers dropping  two a piece!.

The doe in the picture was busy licking away for 30minutes and didn’t allow one kid to suckle until both where ready, it was very interesting to watch. By the end of this afternoon Neil and I brought in six babies to the top pens. Two more does had kidded that meant Ten! Kids are brought in  to keep them out of the way of foxes and the cold night air. If you don’t bring them in the does could loose one to a fox as they don’t seem to be able to protect both kids at once!
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The farm hand , Tim,  is busy every morning  now bringing in kids and taking does up to the bales ready to learn the routine. Kids and mums have to camp near the milking bales so that they can be monitored. Udders need checking and milking out and after 10 days or so the does are let out with the main herd During the day kids are kept safe in pens until the does come back  in the afternoon when they are penned and fed.

There are probably 30kids now!

Jannei Goat Dairy will soon be open for Spring Sales. Milk supplies will improve next week and whole sale orders will begin filling again. In September the Dairy opens for three days a week instead of the one day Monday through winter.

Jannei will be open for 8 months for  Friday’s, Saturday’s and Monday’s at this stage we are starting slow and as we go hope to get staff and structure in place for farm direct sales! We try to have the kids available for children to see and feed grass to and get a photo with during September to February.

Anyways…..
Watch this space for more photos and updates of the kids they look so cute!

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On The Farm News

The farm in winter, Jannei Goat Dairy, Australian Goat cheese

Brrrrr! Its very cold here on the farm at Lidsdale and the goats haveknocked off … winter is well and truly here. Temperatures are reaching bellow 0 C at night and 2C in the day . The girls and three boys are keeping cosy in the sheds. Tim is faithfully milking the girls facing wind, rain and mud so that the Jannei curd reaches Sydney chef’s and “some” raw milk ,yogurt and cheese still reaches health food stores. Sadly though its is being rationed.! Mark at Whole Foods House said today that their customers have to take the milk by turns on a three week roster!

Wow….. we are glad you all like our milk so much! Also another customer said he could eat 10 x 600gm yoghurt a week! He is going to have to wait till spring! but its great he loves it so much. We felt quite chuffed wgen he said we had the best products in Sydney!

Its good to note here though that March is the last good milk production month for Jannei so customers please order extra raw milk to freeze for winter as we have had many phone calls and enquiriies to diustributers for milk and there is nothing we can do about the Goats when they get hit with the cold Lithgow weather in May , “thats it” they say and turn off their taps !

We will all have to wait till Spring…and talking about Spring too, that ‘s when the kidding begins in August and September . So during July the production is so low the human’ s will try to take a break . The girls still produce some milk so there is always someone here to milk but it is time to take some time off cheesemaking which we hope to get customers used too. That is only for a week or two in July though, so don’t panic we are passionate about supplying our customers to the best of our ability and lets face it we need to make cheese and sell the milk in one form or another so we are never away long but its a necessity that the humans on site re-energise ready for summer when it gets rather hectic again!

A Note for the Chef’s:

Chef’s please note that the curd freezes rather well and it can be defrosted in the fridge with perfect results!!So stick some away late summer for later when it is short and we will appreciate the sales too when we have so much milk , we are scratching around trying to work out what to make next in summer. * Even though we are pretty good at that as we make our Cheddar and Fetta and they are going well, but you will have to wait till next spring to try the Fetta as its almost gone already ,if its news to you !The interest in it has increased through the girls at Simon Johnson’s promoting sales with the Dank street Depot , plus our sales to Bontons in Leura and Sydney City Organic and Blancmange are getting it out to the smaller shops in Sydney in small 150to 200gm units . We will definitely make more next
summer as we didn’t capitalise on the milk as well as we could have last summer , leaving kids on their mothers longer lengths of time.

Anyway thats all from the farm at present. watch this space for our kids arriving in August we will be posting the proud mums and their babies on this page!

Gggggggoooooo Goat Milk Bye 🙂 Jan …at Jannei

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SYDNEY CHEESE AWARDS October 9, 2010 Gold Medal Winners

In recent news all three of our White mold cheese have now won a Gold at a cheese show! Jannei’s Miette took out he gold in Category 3 – Fresh Curd Matured at the Sydney Cheese Awards.

here’s a link to the website

Also our Bent Back Chèvre, Prairie Cream and Buche Noir all received gold at Melbourne Cheese Show.