Other Reflections of a Madman
Nakladany Hermelin Recipe
Czech dish - cheese in oil, garlic and spices, which you can make in three
days, and then savour it whenever you come home late and wasted from the pub and
need just the perfect and tastey thing to settle your stomach and help you wake
up the next day without a hangover.
- get some hermelin (like camembert). They have different flavoured ones, so
you can experiment with them
- cut them up into little wedges
- throw them into a pot with a lid
- to that add the spices: Dabelsky smes (The "Devil's Mix - a mix of red hot
chilli type spices) or other hot red spice, perhaps chilli powder or cayenne,
- shake the pot with the lid on it so that the spices nicely coat the
wedges. You donít want the wedges too thick because then the flavour might not
penetrate to the centre.
- in a jar (I usually use your average larger sized pickle jar) layer the
following: add a layer of the spice coated hermelin, whole black (or coloured)
pepper balls, LOTS of slices of garlic (I like to cut them across the centre
so the little whole thing is in the middle), red hot chilli peppers (I usually
just use the dried ones), sunflower seed oil (Iíve had bad experience with
other types of oil), and every second layer a bay leaf (so that there is about
two or three in the jar). If you have extra spice left over in the pot, you
can layer that in there as well.
- close the lid and let sit at room temperature for three days. If you canít
wait to try it, make sure you only use a clean fork, because you donít want to
introduce bacteria into the culture. Once itís ready and if you wonít eat it
all in one day, which often happens to me, put it in the fridge. If you see
bubbles in the jar, it should mean itís aged too long and starting to go bad.
It's supposed to be spread on good ol' Czech bread, but I prefer those
healthy wheat wafer things. I like the crunch, the additional flavour of the
seeds on the wafers, and it is something which lasts for a long time, where
bread fails. If on bread then it should be fresh, but this cheese on topinky
(Czech deep fried garlic bread) is also a good idea. Ya need that grease to
balance all the alcohol y'know! Maybe not the healthiest, but fun things in life
usually aren't, are they?