I had the most amazing day. First I went for coffee with my friend Jason and his girlfriend, Jen, whom I hadn't met till today, and she was fabulous, then I came home and did some baking. First, I made paneer. I'll post about the other things (some of them, at least) later.
Paneer is a soft-ish Indian cheese made without rennet, which makes it a true vegetarian cheese. It has a creamy texture and a rather plain taste. In Indian dishes it is usually accompanied by a tasty sauce that it absorbs lots of flavour from, much like tofu. I really enjoy paneer, so was excited to try making it.
I picked up a litre of whole goat's milk (produced by Avalon Dairy, unsurprisingly, so in a glass bottle) this morning and brought it home after coffee with Jen and Jason, and made it immediately. We were planning on making Indian food for dinner, so I wanted to get going on it ASAP. I put the milk in a large pot and put it on medium high heat. I kept a close eye on the pot because the goal is to get the milk to a boil, but you don't want to scald the milk because that will cause your pot to get caked with milk and I'm sure it will affect the taste of the paneer. As soon as the milk was at a full (but not rolling) boil, I added two tablespoons of lemon juice (actual lemon juice, not Real Lemon, although that might not matter). I stirred as I was pouring it in and then kept stirring until this happened, which was only about ten seconds: