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Posts Tagged ‘Clarmell Farms’

Vanessa’s Cheese-y Top 10 To Do’s this year

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, January 10th, 2013
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All too often, the beginning of a new year we jot down things ‘to do’ differently.  Well, that is exactly what our Cheese Sommelier – Vanessa – has done for you as she shares with you cheese-y tips to get your 2013 off to a tasty start.  Drum roll please….

1. Check out Milkhouse Dairy

Ottawa region’s newest raw sheep’s milk producers Cait & Kyle from Smiths Falls.  Sheep Tomme & fresh feta won’t be ready until summer 2013 but well worth the wait.  I’ve met & milked one of their star players sheep Brigitte – you’re in for a treat.

2. Take a road trip to ‘La Belle Province’

From Ottawa, a road trip to Montreal and back in a day with about 5-7 cheese stops along the way is easy.  Must visits include Le Troupeau Bénit, Fromagerie de la Table Ronde (think Fleuron), Fromagerie de la Suisse Normandie, and Fromagerie Montebello to name a few.

3. Try these exotic and unique cheese boards

Bored with your boards?  On one of my recent trips to the Ottawa Farmer’s Market (where I buy a lot of my artisan cheese), I found these exquisite cheese boards handcrafted by Joseph Henri.  Without a doubt, they are the hottest cheese boards – made here in Ottawa!

4. Go on a shopping spree at Glengarry Fine Cheese

A quick drive to Lancaster (Ontario) makes for a fun shopping trip…for cheese that is.  Be on the look out for their newest addition of stellar artisan cow’s milk cheeses – Nevis will be making its debut around March – stay tuned!

5. Visit the Great Canadian Cheese Festival in Prince Edward County, June 1-3 2013


2013 marks the 3rd year for this weekend long festival held in Prince Edward County.  It is a tasty weekend that will fill your head with lots info about artisan cheeses & fill your belly with delicious cheeses from across Canada.  Read my blog highlighting the 2012 festival.  This year, Savvy Company returns as a sponsor & I will be hosting a cheese tasting.

6. Become a cheesemaker for a day!

Glengarry Fine Cheese hosts a full day workshop.  The hands on experience will definitely increase your appreciation for the stunning cheeses we make in Canada.  And never again will you be the one asking why artisan cheese is more expensive.

7. Get over yourself & try a bite of blue cheese.

All you non-believers out there don’t know what you’re missing (close your eyes, it helps!).   Start with “beginner blues” such as Celtic Blue, St. Laurent Blue & Bleu D’Élizabeth & Geai Bleu as they are surprising soft flavours – far from the off putting pungent flavours & aromas that often come to mind when someone says ‘blue cheese’.

 

 

8. Join me for the Great Canadian Cheese Discovery

It’s a tasty way to spend an evening sampling a variety of cheeses while I show you the “whey”.  Each evening features a selection of cheeses from a different province (January – Ontario, February – Quebec, March – BC, PEI & NS).  With a glass of Canadian wine in hand you will learn the fun-damentals of artisan cheese with each bite. Advance tickets only… these tastings sell out fast!

9. Head to Prince Edward County for wine…and cheese too!

With over 25 wineries awaiting your discovery, there are cheese makers too.  My must visis include Black River Cheese (definitely try their yummy Maple Cheddar) & the new County Cheese Company (located in the Waupoos Marina).  Stop for lunch or dinner at the Agrarian Cheese Market for the best gourmet grilled cheese sandwich around!

10. Spread the curd

Remember to support our 6 local artisan cheese producers Back Forty Artisan Cheese, Clarmell Farms, Canreg Station & Pasture Dairy, Fromagerie Les Folies Bergères, Glengarry Fine Cheese & Milkhouse Dairy.  Most of them are members of Savour Ottawa & can be found during the summer months at farmers markets all over the city & surrounding regions.  Let’s keep Ontario’s budding cheese industry alive!
 

 

 

 

 

Pairing Cheese with Craft Beers

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, June 28th, 2012
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Amongst the kettles, bags of hops and bottling lines four family run brewpubs and breweries – Kichesippi Beer Company, Ashton Brewing Company, Big Rig Brewery, The Clock Tower Pub celebrated Ontario Craft Beer Week at Savvy Company’s Artisan Cheese & Craft Beer Tasting.  For more pictures of this fun event, visit Savvy Company’s Facebook album.

As Paul Meek, owner of Kichesippi, told the sold out crowd, “while there are lots of beers here, artisan cheese and Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons will be the rockstars”.   I selected regional artisan cheeses that would shine on their own, while provide a delicious compliment to the evening’s feature local brews.

Beer and cheese share a common origin – grain (beer made from grain, barley for example), and grain is fed to dairy animals, so with this cycle, it’s no wonder that the two are a true match. Engrained in ancient history, they are both primal foods: beer as the oldest fermented beverage and cheese with origins dating back to 8000 BCE.

Cheese and beer pairing is refreshing .  Beer balances out the salt content in cheese and cuts through protein/fats that sit on the tongue allowing a better tasting experience. I suggest to pair your cheese with a beer taking into consideration the weight of both, to ensure that one does not overpower the other (heavy beers with stronger cheeses – perfect match!).

 At the event, crowd favorite cheese and craft beer pairings included:

CHEESE: Goat Gouda  from Clarmell Farms, Osgoode, Ontario (goat milk)
BEER: Clocktower Kolsch or Ashton Blueberry Wheat

CHEESE: Bonnechere from Back Forty Artisan Cheese, Lanark, Ontario (sheep milk)
BEER: Big Rig Hefeweizen Wheat

CHEESE: Réserve La Pérade from Fromagerie F.X. Pichet Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Québec (cow milk)
BEER: Clocktower Red

CHEESE: Gré des Champs from Fromagerie Au Gré des Champs , Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Québec (cow milk)
BEER: Kichesippi 1855

CHEESE: Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar from Cow’s Creamery, Prince Edward Island (cow milk)
BEER: Ashton Brown Ale

CHEESE: Bleu D’Élizabeth from Fromagerie du Presbytère, Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, Québec (cow milk)
BEER: Kichesippi Heller High Water or Ashton Brown Ale

 

Where to buy these artisan cheeses?

Here’s my shopping list of where to find the beer friendly cheeses in Ottawa & area:

Goat Gouda – Clarmell Farms/Glengarry Fine Cheese
Available from:  Clarmell Farms/Glengarry Fine Cheese, Serious Cheese Shop, Ottawa Farmer’s Market (Brewer Park), Kanata Farmer’s Market

Bonnechere – Back Forty Artisan Cheese
Available from: FoodSmiths in Perth, Serious Cheese, The Piggy Market, Carp Farmer’s Market

Réserve La Pérade – Fromagerie F.X. Pichet
Available from: La Trappe A Fromage

Gré des Champs – Fromagerie Au Gré des Champs
Available from: La Trappe A Fromage

Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar – Cow’s Creamery
Available from:  Serious Cheese Shop, Farm Boy

Bleu D’Élizabeth – Fromagerie du Presbytère
Available from: La Trappe A Fromage, Ottawa Bagel Shop, Jacobsons Gourmet Concepts

 

Looking to discover more artisan cheeses? Every 2 weeks, I feature a different artisan cheese in my blog: Curd on the Street  Enjoy! 

 

Curd on the Street Gets Fresh

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
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Fresh Chèvre from Clarmell Farms is the closest reflection you can get of the goat’s milk from which it’s made – in partnership between Paul and Grace Mussell (5th generation Mussell family farmers) and Glengarry Fine Cheese. An elegant chèvre – it’s truly an expression of artisan cheesemaking mastery, and as Ottawa’s most “local” cheese, well worth a farm visit down River Road to Manotick.

This soft, unripened goat’s milk cheese, with its rich, snow white, “fluffy” textured paste gives a creamy, clean, fresh, tangy, taste with mild citrus flavours that linger long after you’ve savoured the first bite. Perfect for spreading (on anything!), crumbled on seasonal salads or melted over grilled vegetables/BBQ’d kabobs as a finishing touch. Clarmell’s chèvre is best enjoyed on a patio or picnic blanket with friends and your favourite summer white wine in hand.


FACTBOX:
Cheese: Fresh Chèvre
Producer:
Clarmell Farms
Where To Buy:
The Piggy Market (Westboro), Ottawa Farmers’ Market (Lansdowne), Clarmell Farms (Manotick), Glengarry Fine Cheese (Lancaster)
Interesting Fact:
This chèvre is classified as a “fresh” cheese due to its high moisture content and the fact it is unripened (not aged).

Enjoy! – Vanessa

 

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