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Posts Tagged ‘Quebec artisan cheese’

TGIF! Fresh curds best whey to wrap up the week

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, December 1st, 2011
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What better Friday treat for the whole family than farm fresh cheese curds?  This week’s cheese pick, curds from Fromagerie Les Folies Bergères would give Little Miss Muffet a run for her money.  Owner Maggie Paradis says “curds have faithful followers” and are widely loved and versatile – they go anywhere, with anything (and I might add, anyone.)

Cheesemaker expertise and fresh high quality milk are the secret to really good curds.  Maggie’s curds are a little sweeter and don’t have the heavy hit of salt you taste with most cheddar curds.  They’re moist, milky, warm, spongy, springy, softer, and have a less rubbery texture attributed to her patience and hand processing.  And, of course, they have the characteristic “squeak” experienced with fresh cheese curds (no squeak, not fresh!), best eaten within 12-24 hours and before refrigeration.

Find them fresh on Friday afternoons at newly renovated The Piggy Market (Westboro) or in the Savour Ottawa Parkdale Market Field House (until Dec. 17).


FACTBOX:
Cheese: La Fraîche de St. Sixte
Producer: Fromagerie Les Folies Bergères
Interesting Fact:
Curds are what is produced after milk is coagulated (curdled), and separated from the liquid (whey).  The “squeak” against your teeth from cheese curds is the result of what happens during the chedarring process as the cheese changes in structure.


Enjoy! – Vanessa

Le Jupon Frivole

Posted by Vanessa

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
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Named after the famous Parisian music hall depicting fun and frivolity, La Fromagerie des Folies Bergères cheeses are a far cry from foolish.  Launched last year in Ottawa, these lovely cheeses, from Sainte-Sixte, Québec, continue to be a smash hit in Ottawa. Lots of love, passion and farmstead milk from the over 150 sheep they raise creates a wide variety of yummy ewe’s milk cheeses. Maggie Paradis and Christian Girard proudly state that they, “are in the business of selling pleasure, not cheese”. Their light-hearted approach to cheesemaking – and life – is evident right down to the cancan dancing sheep with colourful tutus, adorning their product label.


After April 1st, we leave behind foolery and choose delicious fun.  This week’s feature stars Le Jupon Frivole, a soft, surface-ripened pasteurized sheep’s milk cheese.  The small, delicate wheel has a thick, white bloomy rind, with a pale ivory paste that is fluffy and slightly crumbly when young, becoming rich and creamy with age. Earthy, mushroomy aromas are mixed with slightly yeasty, salty flavor.  Enjoy with a full-bodied red wine.

 

FACTBOX:
Cheese:
Le Jupon Frivole
Producer:
Fromagerie Les Folies Bergères, Sainte-Sixte, QC
Where To Buy:
  42 Crichton Street Fine Foods (New Edinburgh), Il Negozio Nicastro’s (Bank St. between Third & Fourth Ave), The Piggy Market (Westboro), Aubrey’s Meats (Byward Market)
Interesting Fact:
 As The Folies Bergère was the first music hall to open in Paris, Fromagerie Les Folies Bergères were the first producers of sheep’s milk cheese in the Outaouais region.

Enjoy! – Vanessa

 

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