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This is a firm white, mixed milk cheese (cows, goat & ewes) cheese that originated in the Middle East. It has long-keeping qualities and is quite salty. The moulded curds are dipped in hot water and kneaded to produce a cheese that retains its shape when cooked. They are always sold in packets that contain a salty brine and chopped mint. If preferred, the cheese can be rinsed and dried before use, to temper its saltiness. It is best enjoyed cooked either in a hot dry griddle pan, on a barbecue or baked in the oven as a very tasty alternative to meat. The outer crust of the cheese becomes golden and crispy and the interior melts and softens. Delicious with salad or roast vegetables and a spicy cous cous.