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NZ Lifestyle Block - - THE GOOD LIFE - How to Make Cheese with Jean Mans­field).

When you love cheese, you be­come friends with other peo­ple who love cheese as much as you do. Jas Fut­ter is one of those peo­ple. We swap cheese­mak­ing yarns and recipes, and gen­er­ally have a laugh now and then about our fail­ures that some­times turn into fab­u­lous suc­cesses. Oc­ca­sion­ally the re­verse.

She teaches cheese­mak­ing at Pa­paroa in North­land, and has just re­turned from a dream trip to Italy, when she spent a week train­ing with Dr Gian­carlo Russo, mak­ing ewe milk cheeses, learn­ing about truf­fles, and cre­at­ing gelato won­ders.

“Learn­ing to make cheese takes an hour,” says Dr Russo. “Learn­ing to make good cheese is a life­time’s work.”

But there’s also all the great things that go with cheese and I was in­trigued with the ac­com­pa­ni­ments for Jas’s cheeses at her re­cent birth­day lunch. There was a su­perb plum and wal­nut paste to go with her blue cheese (made to a recipe in my book,

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