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Need to take nibbles to a party? Take these scrump­tious cheese balls. They're su­per easy to make and you can vary their ap­pear­ance by dec­o­rat­ing them with dif­fer­ent herbs and nuts. Take a two-tiered cake stand with you, layer it with grapevine leaves and place your cheese balls on top with crack­ers be­low. If you have a three-tiered cake stand, fill the top layer with home­grown grapes.

In­gre­di­ents: • 500g cot­tage cheese • 1 cup sour cream • 3 gar­lic cloves, finely chopped • 1 ta­ble­spoon chopped fresh pars­ley • 1 ta­ble­spoon chopped fresh oregano • 1 ta­ble­spoon chopped fresh chives 1 tea­spoon salt

• ¾ tea­spoon freshly ground pep­per

Place a sieve over a large mix­ing bowl and press the cot­tage cheese and sour cream through the sieve. Mix in the gar­lic, herbs and salt and pep­per. Lay a piece of muslin over a large plate and place the cheese onto the cen­tre of the muslin. Bring up the sides of the muslin and tie firmly with string. Hang the bag with a bowl un­der it from a shelf in the fridge and leave for 48 hours.

Roll the cheese into balls and roll them in crushed nuts (al­monds, wal­nuts or pis­ta­chios) and chopped herbs. Serve with crack­ers or fresh, crusty bread.

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