On my way down to once a day milking I milk every 18 hours for one cycle. This changes the cows from twice a day to once a day without trauma. But within that cycle is one midnight milking. It is actually a rather nice milking period once I have woken the cows up and brought them in. It is quiet, the lights are low and there is no fuss or bother, last night I had some nice classical music (Bach – cellos) which I turn up loud and I took out a very strong coffee and a glass of wine (in my jar with a lid so no bugs flew into it), and the cows and I had our midnight date. The sounds of the night are all muted, the pigs shuffle about and resettle and the cows and I work together. It takes about an hour and a half to milk and clean, strain the milk and tidy up completely and I rather drew it out last night enjoying working alone in the dark.
Today I milk in the evening and then by Saturday we are landed neatly back onto a late morning milking and ready to proceed with one milking every 24 hours. From then on I will milk after second breakfast. A perfectly civilised hour. Hopefully everyone stays healthy and we get into our new rhythm easily.
Tonight I am loading everyone up into The Boat (my newish truck that seats six) and taking them to the Italian restaurant way off down the road for our monthly woofer dinner, where the food is lovely, the owner has got in some New Zealand wine for me and no-one has to cook or do dishes. (Last nights dishes took NINE minutes – a very heavy night in the kitchen). So I might give myself a proper siesta.
I have made marscapone for the chef as a present. I make mine with lemon juice which is a cheats way but is still delicious. It is still straining in the fridge but should be done by tonight.
Marscapone is like creme fraiche but easier. Very easy actually. Just heat four cups of cream to 190F, add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice (or vinegar) – stir until it lightly curdles then take off the heat – cool a bit then strain for about 12 – 24 hours in the fridge. It is lovely and creamy and lightly tangy. Perfect on everything.
I hope you have a lovely day.