I found this recipe for Broccoli and Cornmeal Upside-down Cake on Nicole’s website The Baking Sheet (actually it came from Chocolate and Zuccini originally), and wanted to give it a try. I had everything except for the cottage cheese, and what do you know? Peacock chose today to run out of it. I was sure Kinokuniya would have it, but didn’t feel like walking the extra 500m there, plus I had always wanted to try out what Sanbei did on one of the episodes of “10,000yen for a month” 一万円生活: turning milk into cottage cheese by adding vinegar into boiling milk.
Since I didn’t take notes when I watched the show, the only thing I could remember was 400ml of milk. So I poured 400ml of milk into a small saucepan and brought it to a gentle boil. Then, with blind faith, I added one tablespoonful of rice vinegar, and waited.
Nothing seemed to be happening, so I added another, and instantly the milk started to curdle and I had white bits floating up and down in the boiling liquid, now clear. After draining and rinsing with water really well, I had ---- homemade cottage cheese!
400ml of low fat milk plus 2 tbsp of vinegar yielded 1/3 cup of cottage cheese.
Oh yeah, the upside-down cake was not bad either.
Served with pork chop with bluecheese gravy