Getting our dairy fix!

Posted by - April 24, 2012 - Cooking/Baking, Dairy, Ecuador, Land Travels, Sustainable Practices, Zuleta

Today we picked up our first weekly “box” from Zuleta’s creamery and cheese factory and man were/are we excited. The dairy order went like this:

  • 5 liters (1 1/4 gallons) of unpasteurized whole milk.
  • 1 liter (1/4 gallon) of fresh cream
  • 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) of Zuleta cheese (Pategras and Angochagua)

Even by my measure, that is a lot of cow products, especially considering that neither Caye nor I really drink milk at all. Despite that, we have already used up 1.5 liters of the milk in the first 5 hours of having it in the house. How? By making a huge batch of yogurt and 1 giant cappuccino – tutorials on both to follow. All for $15.30

Other than getting our dairy fix, we spent the day, starting at 6am, working hard on an increasingly large load of web design and coding work. On any given day during the last year, we typically were working on 5-7 websites simultaneously. In the last few weeks, we have seen a step-up in the number of quote requests and contracts and are now balancing around 10 projects at the same time. It is exciting, challenging and rewarding. Luckily we have a great group of folks working for us, which makes the whole thing manageable and generally stress-free.

Last things last, around 4pm, I headed over to the other side of the woodworker’s/mechanic’s shed/shop that we live in and spent two hours working with Maestro Santos (resident mechanic) and Maestro Lluki (woodworker) on a couple of overdue projects. The two are great folks, funny and very talented in their respective crafts. With Lluki, we are making up a quick set of “rustic” under-counter shelves for the kitchen. With Santos, A heavy-duty steel door and frame for the masonry heater.

For the evening, we are hoping to relax a bit, maybe watch a movie, then back to work tomorrow morning.

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