Saturday, June 28, 2014

THAT'S GOOD CHEESE



While you can find some great Cheeses at Auchan or other supermarkets at sometimes unbelievably low prices, if you want to get some truly great varieties, refined to a perfect quality by caring for the product, you should seek out your local affineur. There are so many cheeses here in France and very much  as it's an issue  with wine, where do you even start?  How do you know good from bad and the differences in quality.
Just talk to the affineur at your local market and they will guide you through the maze of cheese mountains.

A while ago at some country food fair I tasted a walnut liquor cured cheese from the Perigord region. The exhibition was too far from home and without cooler bag, I did not want to buy and products that might turn bad.   When I bought some Mozza the other day, I did inquire about that walnut cheese and not really to my surprise the vendor told me that she has one very similar from the Brittany region.  The story goes that the sisters in the abbey in Pergiord could not keep up with the demand and offered a related Monastery in northern France the recipe.
 So it's virtually the same product, just made elsewhere.

If you visit France and want try some odd cheese, look for this one. Made with cow's milk, the eatable  rind washed and soaked in walnut liquor. 





I DO ENJOY CHEESE BARGAINS

WALNUT FLAVORED CHEESE

MADE BY MONKS

EAT THE RIND

PINEAU WENT WELL WITH IT

MADAME MARTY, VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE CHEESE VENDOR IN JARNAC


3 comments:

Nadege said...

It must be cheese week as so many people have been posting about french cheese and "fromageries". Like for any stores, particularly with food, it is good to have a relationship with the store owner so they can guide you about your purchase, freshness… One might want to pinch pennies here and there but when it comes to food, always buy the best from reputable stores. The exception is in the US. They still mostly still wrap bread in plastic bags and cheese in Saran Wrap. When will they learn?

H.Peter said...

Who else wrote about cheese, Nadege?

Nadege said...


It gets confusing because I read your blog (that you don't post on Facebook while others do), but I am also friend's with you on Facebook. The same happens with Jennifer Greco of "Chez Loulou", Veronique of "French girl in Seattle"… So I am not sure if the cheese post was from the blog or Facebook. Could also be from "In and out in Paris"… Joumana Accad posted about cheese, a woman from Syria who lives in Paris too.