after reciting the rhyme probably a hundred times, i was innocently under the impression that curds and whey was a dish more similar to our modern time oats with milk, maybe with some raisins and cinnamon. warm and comforting, sweet and savory!!
i was horrified as a child to find out what curds and whey actually was. -a salt flavored, cloudy, murky liquid by-product of cheese-making, with the cheese curds still floating in it. gross. that is what my imagination dragged me to.
flash into reality, curds and whey is more like cottage cheese. what the heck was she doing just hanging out with some cottage cheese, anyway? this seems really odd to me, even for a nursery rhyme. -hey, remember how “ring around the rose-y” is actually about the bubonic plague? what a scary place the world is.
ok, on with the food.
i like cottage cheese just fine, but that’s not what this is about today. this is about a breakfast spawning out of my lack of breakfast sausage this morning. fine. i wanted something sweet anyway. i love breakfast sweeties. chia seeds were close enough to curds for me, and all i really wanted was a little texture from the swollen little things. i was scanning over potential additions to my curds and whey experiment, and stopped at the glorious bounty of berries we have stocked up on, including the beautiful blueberries brian’s gal at work gifted us (not to mention the 4 cups of mulberries we stole from the city of grand rapids again last night)!
this was creamy and sweet. the textures where just what i wanted, a substantial but silky base similar to cream of wheat, and obvious crunch from the almonds. sweet and tart blueberries that were first popped in warm milk gave this lots of flavor, too, but the whey surprised me here as the big “flavor lender”. whey has a very savory taste, and it stood out pleasantly. the finished protein is not unlike ricotta cheese, but slightly sweeter and creamier. also, when dried or powdered whey takes on a liquid it turns into a sweet cheese of its own. feel free to use whatever milk you wish. almond, dairy, and coconut all work very well. there are lots of possibility in variation on this one!
purple curds and whey
breakfast for 1
1/4 cup blueberries
3/4 cup milk
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup whey powder
1/4 cup almonds, sliced
a drizzle of maple syrup
method: gently cook berries in a small pot with 1/4 cup milk until a few pop.
stir in chia seeds and cook over low for 5 minutes. once the seeds have plumped, stir in the whey and another 1/4 cup milk. cook for 5 more minutes, with lid on, adding more milk if needed and stirring a few times.
finally, add the rest of the milk and stir well. allow to heat through, then pour into a bowl to serve. top with almonds and drizzle with syrup. it will thicken slightly as it cools even more, so you may add a little milk to thin it a little again.