“Her name is Wanda Gruz. She is your only living relative. You should meet her before you take your vows.”
– Prioress to Ida
This gorgeous dessert of Spanish queso fresco with honey and walnuts uses a Spanish type of fresh cheese. I would describe it as quite similar to ricotta but milder in taste and therefore better, in my opinion, to make into a dessert like this.
But first, let’s talk about a Polish movie I saw recently with my piano teacher: Ida. We saw it in Polish with Spanish subtitles. Here is the trailer.
It begins showing us how Ida lives in a convent in the 1960s. Within a few days she is due to take her vows to become a nun. Her prioress tells her of one living relative, Wanda, who she should meet before taking her vows. Ida goes to visit her. The first thing Wanda tells her is her real surname, and that in fact she was born a Jew. Ida, who has never lived outside of the convent, seems quite unfazed. Before Ida goes back to the convent, she and Wanda embark on a journey through Poland to find the truth about the death and burial place of Ida’s parents.
I’ll stop there in case anyone wants to watch it.
The film is beautiful though so tragic. Just as the film was finishing and the subtitles appeared, this piece by Bach Busoni is played. For us it was a huge surprise, because this is one of the pieces I’ve been working on. It’s beautiful yes, but oh such a sad tune. My piano and teacher have been working hard on the three voices within it to get the mood just how it has to be, so we knew every bit of feeling behind each note. The piece probably didn’t have the same effect for the other people in the cinema that day, but for us it was the most incredible way to end the film.
Spanish Queso Fresco with Honey and Walnuts Recipe
My piece of queso fresco of excellent quality so the consistency was very firm too. Spanish fresh cheese is usually round and comes in different sizes. I used a small 250g rounded one, and cut it in half horizontally.
Ingredients (per serving)
125g Spanish fresh cheese, 3-4 walnuts, honey, chia seeds (optional)
Gently crush the walnuts into pieces and place them on top of the cheese. Drizzle about 1 and a half tablespoons of honey on top. Sprinkle a tiny pinch of chia seeds over it.
Enjoy your dessert!