over the last six months I have crossed France three times, from Calais to the Pyrenees in April. From Spain to italy along the Riviera coast in June and from French Alps back to Calais in September. Bit like a big triangle of cheese sampling!!
RoD's challenge is for me to taste ten French cheeses.
Three down, seven to go. Last night I had my first French cheese platter along with a pot of Earl Grey. Just like my visits to Cradle Mountain Hotel after work!
1. My fave of last nights cheeses was a locally made goats cheese, the hotelier was very proud that he could source a cheese from only 5 km away. This cheese was rolled in fine ash to give the cheese a grey coating. The cheese itself was soft and flavoursome. Very much like plain yoghurt to me.
2. This was an interesting hard cheese, Comte, you can see this in the list from the above photo. For a hard cheese it was very buttery with a light nutty flavour. I enjoyed this one.
3. The Camembert was Saint Albray. Not a popular choice for me, too yeasty really, but probably how they are meant to taste. The cheese wheel is actually in a flower shape and each portion is a petal. Cute!
While spending a few days in the village of Capestang in southern France I was lucky enough to go with Shayne to the little market held in the square. Lots of fresh locally grown fruit and veggies as well as a local cheese maker selling his products and the local sausage maker had a stall too. So it's a perfect opportunity to taste some more cheeses.
4. This gorgeous cheese is soft and creamy with a hint of blue. I'm sure it's a local specialty. The beret wearing cheese maker enjoyed the chance to show off his cheeses.
5. This Comte is a brighter colour than the one from Chambord. It had quite a nutty flavour but was the coloured cheeses that really caught my attention, but after tasting them, not my taste buds.
6. The green cheese is coloured from basil. Well I've had basil liquor, home made and totally loved it. Can't say the same for this cheese. With my eyes closed I would not have known it was basil coloured or flavoured. Shayne tasted the red cheese, flavoured with beetroot. He made the same comments.
PS. Only four more cheeses to taste. I'll travel across France again in September as I travel from Italy back to the UK.
7. Faiselle, the local cottage cheese ( Avignon, Rhone area)
8. Goats cheese salad in the Lorraine region. This gorgeous cheese was served warmed on toast. Talk about melt in your mouth. It was to die for. No photo as I just ate it so enthusiastically before I even thought I should take a photo
9. Creamy cream cheese balls from the supermarket!! Half are filled with figs, others with honey. The honey ones are very soft and fall off the toothpick, and probably a little too sweet for me. The fig ones are fabulous. My fave for sure. Figs and cream cheese is a bit like tomatoes and basil. Difficult to separate!!
10. My last meal in France, of course had to be avec fromage!!