You need to upgrade your Flash Player This is replaced by the Flash content. Place your alternate content here and users without the Flash plugin or with Javascript turned off will see this. Content here allows you to leave out noscript tags. Include a link to bypass the detection if you wish.

Posts Tagged ‘Savvy Company cheese’

Fresh Cheese: Taste of Italy Now in Ottawa

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
Bookmark and Share

This week’s cheese pick was inspired by my recent tour around Italy and the empty place left in my heart (and stomach) for the country’s fresh, homemade, melt in your mouth, soft artisan cheeses. After living on fresh cheese daily for almost a month, I’m thrilled to return home to discover new finds at my local cheese haunt - Bella Cassara Mozzarella di Buffala, Burrata & Fiore di Latte made by Quality Cheese in Toronto.  Italy’s finest is made here with a touch of Canadian flair by three Borgo brothers who believe passionately in making cheese from the heart that reflects in their product. “Do it right or don’t do it at all” is the motto.

In Ottawa, we can now experience the luxury of hand crafted silky artisan Mozzarella di Buffala as it’s meant to be.  Enjoy the fresh, mild, milky flavor and smooth silky texture of this oh so versatile cheese made from local buffalo (yes, waterbuffalo) milk.  The small, soft, delicate hand pulled rounds pair perfectly with both sweet and savory accoutrements.  Michael’s Dolce Strawberry Balsamic Jam comes to mind.  Chestnut honey, or Seed to Sausage Speck are my latest favorites.

These cheeses are available exclusively at The Piggy Market in Westboro.  If you’re lucky, you might happen upon rare sister cheeses Burrata (small, fresh, pouch-like cheese stuffed with cream & mozzarella curd) or Fiore di Latte (small cow’s milk drops) too.  Bellisimo!

 

FACTBOX: This Canadian version of Buffalo Mozzarella is a bit sweeter than its Italian cousin due to the fact that salt is added as the cheese is made as opposed to after, with salt water brining (which also develops a thin skin like rind).
Cheese:  Mozzarella di Buffala (Buffalo Mozzarella)
Producer: Quality Cheese
PHOTO CREDIT:  Mozzarella di Buffala by Vanessa Simmons

 Enjoy! - Vanessa

 

 

 

Le Sieur de Duplessis

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Bookmark and Share

Extraordinary farmhouse cheeses are made from one of Atlantic Canada’s first sheep’s milk cheese producers in New Brunswick, La Bergerie aux 4 Vents. Monique Rouselle and André Martineau started cheesemaking with two imported sheep that they crossed with a local breed. Now home to a few hundred, they produce a variety of products including additional goat and cow’s milk cheeses.

Canada’s first “tomme” cheese, is named after the lord (land lord) who lived on the seigneury (small settlement) where the farm now stands. Le Sieur de DuPlessis is my cheese choice this week. A firm, unpasteurized sheep’s milk cheese, it’s covered by natural, bone-colored, patterned rind that lends a rustic, almost antique quality to the cheese. The ivory paste inside is a complex bundle of earthy, grassy, goodness and balanced salt content. Shave thinly on to artisan crackers or have it shine in the spotlight on your next cheese board.

Federally certified, La Bergerie aux 4 Vents cheeses can be enjoyed across Canada.



FACTBOX:

Cheese:
Le Sieur de DuPlessis
Producer:
La Bergerie aux 4 Vents, Sainte-Marie-de-Kent
Interesting Fact:
“Tomme” style cheeses are round in shape, often taller than other wheels, and traditionally have a natural rind.

 

Enjoy! – Vanessa

Wishing for Fifth Town Cheese

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, October 6th, 2011
Bookmark and Share

Wishing Tree, made by Fifth Town Artisan Cheese, on the northeast shores of Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County, is my “favourite sweater” cheese pick this week. With every experience you’re up wrapped in cozy comfort and warmth. A multi-award winner, Wishing Tree has received accolades at The COCA British Empire Cheese Competition, and Royal Winter Fair.

As a 3-9 month old, naturally cave aged, hard sheep’s milk cheese Wishing Tree has a dense, golden straw-colored paste with a slight greenish hue to it. Covered by its earthy, rustic toasty-colored rind, aromas abound of grass, earth, and minerals. It’s rich, nutty, and slight salty flavor makes it a good match for a medium bodied red wine and garnish to French Onion Soup (possibly as a precursor to Thanksgiving dinner?). Like Wishing Tree? Try Fellowship (mixed milk version of same) and compare. Or simply close your eyes, make a wish and say cheese!

FACTBOX:
Cheese:
Wishing Tree
Producer:
Fifth Town Artisan Cheese
Interesting Fact:
You can often tell the milk type of a cheese by the color of the paste: sheep’s milk cheeses will range in ivory/bone tones with a green tinge, cow’s milk cheeses range in ivory/yellows/oranges, and goat’s milk cheeses snow to pearl white.

Enjoy! – Vanessa

A winner across the board: Louis d’Or cow’s milk cheese

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Bookmark and Share

The secret to exceptional cheesemaking is happy, healthy, animals, according to Jean Morin, owner of Fromagerie du Presbytère in Sainte-Elizabeth-de-Warwick. This week’s cheese pick, Louis d’Or, lets the secret out. The raw organic milk comes from neighboring Louis d’Or Farm. Jean is always excited to talk cheese with an incredible level of passion for his craft that translates directly to his products. Louis d’Or is making headlines as four-time winner at the 2011 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix for farmstead, organic, firm and overall competition Grand Champion and 3rd place award for Best In Show at the 2011 American Cheese Society Conference.

Made in monster-sized 40 kilogram wheels this washed-rind cow’s milk cheese is cooked, pressed and aged for nine to twenty-four months. Resulting is a smooth, rich-textured paste encased in an antique gold colored rind. Aromas range from butter to onion and ripe pineapple. A complex mix of sweet, salty, and dominant nutty, fruity flavors finish with a tingle that lingers thanks to raw milk.

 


FACTBOX:

Cheese: Louis d’Or

Producer: Fromagerie du Presbytère
Interesting Fact: Raw milk cheeses can be sold in Ontario if aged for a minimum 60 days; there are a few exceptions sold in Quebec, aged for less.

 

Enjoy! – Vanessa

Niagara Artisan cheese worth its weight in gold

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Bookmark and Share

This week’s summer fun cheese pick is Niagara Gold, a semi-firm, washed-rind cow’s milk cheese from Upper Canada Cheese Company, in Jordan Station, Niagara — producers who are dedicated to making high quality, handcrafted artisan cheeses. You’ll notice the beautiful, golden yellow slightly open paste (inside of the cheese showing small holes) & darker apricot/peach coloured rind. Niagara Gold is so distinct that it’s reminiscent of a solid bar of 24K gold.

This beauty has a tinge of sweetness & tastes rich, buttery, creamy & slightly nutty, due to the Guernsey cow’s milk used to make it. Guernsey cows yield richer milk, higher in butterfat and protein, than other breeds and there are less than a dozen herds in Canada. While made in Ontario – Niagara Gold can be enjoyed here in the Nation’s Capital, from coast to coast in Canada and has been requested from as far away as Shanghai. Claim to fame? Prince Charles enjoyed Niagara Gold on his visit to Niagara last year.

 

FACTBOX:
Cheese:
Niagara Gold
Producer:
Upper Canada Cheese Company
Where To Buy:
Ottawa BagelShop & Deli (Westboro)
Interesting Fact:
Guernsey cow milk is high in beta carotene, producing the extra burst of golden colour lending Niagara Gold its name.


Enjoy! – Vanessa

 

Featuring Recent Posts WordPress Widget development by YD