Baby Goats, Chipotle-Almond Butterflies and Apple Blossoms…Spring!
It’s finally feeling like spring and that called for a trip to Beltane Farm to see the baby goats and get some goat cheese and milk. They’re hosting cheese tastings every Sunday through the month of May.
It was wonderful tasting the different varieties of goat cheese. It was hard to decide which were our favorites. Here, we’re tasting chèvre with chives, dill, Herbes de Provence or chipotle-honey.
Seeing the baby goats and other animals was even more fun than the cheese tasting. I think this little guy was definitely the cutest of the bunch. The new kids will be kept for the herd, or sold either as milk producers, or as all natural lawn mowers.
I think his name should be Armando…He’ll be going to a neighboring farm and it’ll be his job to mow the lawn. I think Nick’s favorite animal may have been Nestor, the guard donkey.
Chipotle-Honey Goat cheese and Almond Butterflies
This couldn’t be simpler. Mix the Chipotle-Honey Goat Cheese with ground nuts and make butterflies. Chill and pop on a cracker.
I love the earthy, ‘all natural’ look the little specks of ground nuts gave the butterflies. I made them with both walnuts and almonds. I preferred almonds, the color was richer and I think the flavor complimented the smokey, spicy cheese better as well. Figs or grapes would be lovely served alongside the butterflies.
Press the mixture into the the butterfly shapes of a Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold. After you’ve molded your butterflies, put them in the freezer for a bit so they’ll pop out of the mold. I put these on round Breton Mini crackers; they’re small, so you see mostly butterfly. Pepperridge Farms make a butterfly shaped cracker that looks very cute with these, too.
More ideas for spring: A Butterfly Tea Party, using the ZP Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold.
Oh yes, and apple blossoms!
Enjoy your spring!
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