The cheese of the month for May 2022 is: Ukraine Alp Blossom. Sadly.

Cheese covered with “stuff”, in the Ukraine’s colours, together with a call for donations – again? Didn’t you just do that sale at Markthalle Neun? Yes, sure. And yet, here is Ukraine Alp Blossom for a second time, because sadly, it’s still relevant and important. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for April 2022 is: Dome du Poitou from France

Milk in the form of cheese can take almost any shape, and if certain basics aren’t fixed by regulations and laws such as a PDO, the cheesemakers’ freedom has no other limits than those set by nature. Which also means: it ain’t always easy to identify or define certain cheeses. How does a certain cheese “have to” taste, look, feel? » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for March 2022 is: Pecorino Romano. From Sardinia.

With 20 to 35 kilograms Pecorino Romano is a whopper of a cheese, the largest of its kind. At the same time this Roman sheep’s milk cheese – because that’s all his name literally means – is a real underdog. When did you last buy this hard, crumbly buddy freshly cut from a large cylindric wheel? Exactly, I can’t remember either. Possibly in Sardinia, but even there I’m not so sure. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for February 2022 is: Las Arenas from Yolanda Egocheaga in Asturias/Spain

Crumbly and rather dry, made from cow’s milk, with some irregular spots of blue. The rind brown, grooved, thin, with a distinctiveness smokiness – the Las Arenas didn’t really jump at me at our first encounter. A friend had bought it in Madrid from the glorious Cultivo cheesemongers (thank you Florian!). Theoretically, everything about it was just right: raw milk, natural rennet, spontaneous blue mould, a family’s small artisanal production in Asturias. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for January 2022 is: Quark from Hof Marienhöhe in Bad Saarow

A new year. Without any doubt as turbulent as the two previous ones. Even more important to stay firmly rooted, in touch with the ground and soil, in a literal as well as metaphorical sense. I am working on that every morning, at breakfast, and since long before this global mess started, by having Quark from Hof Marienhöhe. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for December 2021: Soft White from New Roots in Emmental/CH

Emmental – isn’t that where we were for last month’s cheese? Indeed. But, and, to jump right in (put a protecting hand under your jaw!): strictly speaking Soft White isn’t a cheese at all, as it’s made from cashews instead of cow’s milk. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for November 2021 is: Emmental from Switzerland

Emmental? Isn’t that that pale more-holes-than-boring-plasticky stuff, really cheap and often leaving a burning feeling on your tongue? Yeah, sure – rare is the success story which does not end in tears due to commercial cannibalisation, sadly. But fortunately, almost as often, eventually, it also leads to a return to the origins, the actual reason for its success. Therefore I offer you: Emmental. With that gorgeous, discreet aroma, that hint of sweetness and walnuts, pleasantly mellow, but not dry at all… » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for October 2021 is: Parmigiano Reggiano from Cravero

Parmesan, really, you might wondering feeling somewhat disappointed, what an old hat, can’t she come up with something more exciting? No, because this is exciting! Finally I was once again at a real, big cheese fair, the wonderful Slow Food Cheese in Bra in Piedmont (honestly, I’m not overdoing it – it truly was gorgeous, and on the way back my trolley case once again, finally, was stuffed with cheesy substances for upcoming tastings!). And the parmesan experience really was one of the most amazing ones during those days. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for September 2021 is: Regowtaler from Capriolenhof in Brandenburg

I’ve been writing this monthly blog since February 2013 – theoretically this ought to be cheese of the month number 115 – and amongst the very first stars of the small Heinzelcheese universe, in May 2013, was Blühende Landschaften or flowering landscapes, my absolute favourite from Capriolenhof, which back then still called itself Schleusenhof Regow. More than eight years later, allow me to entrust another Capriolenhof gem to your turophile hearts: Regowtaler. » Weiterlesen…

For August 2021: Langres, a cheese to go with Ahr wine

Actually remains the order, or rather word of the day, unfortunately. Because I actually had been planning for a completely different cheese for this month – but life had its own plans. It sent rain. Torrents of rain the entire North American west coast would be more than grateful for, whereas it caused unimaginable devastation in North Rhine-Westphalia and along the river Ahr. This is why today I am presenting you with Langres. » Weiterlesen…