Cheese of the month December 2018: Endamı Nur from Miralem/İzmir, Turkey

As I wrote in my book „On Cheesemaking“ (well, so far only in German, Vom Käsemachen, but yes, a perfect Christmas present!), I think of cheese as a wonderful guiding star. The ever-growing group of Heinzelcheesetalkers can vouch for the fact that it has taken me to the most amazing corners of this world and return with the most wonderful cheeses and memories. Obviously I sometimes also head out with a certain producer or region in mind. But the most impressive findings are those serendipity has her saying in (remember the Camembert from Vietnam?!). As was the case with this cheese, made from goats milk, by Canan Urhan, in İzmir. » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month November 2018: The Stadtkäserin’s Cream Cheese from the Baruth Glacial Valley/Brandenburg

I’m a total quark addict. On dark bread, with a bit of salt, and my day promises to be a good one. Alas, I travel a lot, and breakfast buffets tend to have their own ideas about what and how to eat in the morning. My go-to ersatz for quark tends to be cream cheese, neatly, cleanly packed in small plastic tubs with the name of a large city on the American east coast on their silver lid. It tastes alright, but is a highly processed, industrial product. » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month October 2018: Mishavinë from Kelmendi/Albania

This month’s cheese comes from Albania. Because I’ve been to Tirana, for the first time, and certainly not the last. Four highly enjoyable late summer days in a city which seemed to me like Istanbul, Rome and Berlin all in one, if on a smaller scale. Yes, of course, there are many problems, unsurprisingly, but also confidence and optimism. I met wonderful people – and cheese!! Mishavinë stems from the remote north of the country, on the Montenegro border… » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month September 2018: Cam-mäh from Hof Solterbeck, Owschlag/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Everybody in food is talking about the north and nordic, and cheese wise as well there is a lot going on. It was high time to embark on two intense days of re-research with my companion in cheese, Theresa Malec. We toured the baltic east of the state of Schleswig-Holstein from Lübeck up to Flensburg, just south of the Danish border, and encountered many beautiful cheeses (and quark!) that would all deserve to be included in this series (you can read more about them here, in German). So much excellent milk (from cows, sheep and goats), and so many people treating it with great care! » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month August 2018: Castelmagno d’Alpeggio from Des Martin in Valliera, Piemont/Italy

Most of Piemont’s traditional cheeses‘ originated in the mountains, as the animals gave more milk when summer-grazing on the higher pastures, and people needed to make those riches last for the rest of the year, using whatever methods were possible under the given conditions. Arguably the most spectacular and most original of all Piemontese cheeses is Castelmagno, a natural blue whose name rings a bell with many, while only few have actually tasted it. » Weiterlesen…

Four (!) cheeses of the month for July 2018, from the northern shores of Lake Balaton, Hungary

Wines from volcanic soils have become a real thing recently. Etna and Vesuvio, the Canares and Santorini, Dundee Hills and Gattinara all make for rather special aromas and textures in our wine glasses. Particularly interesting in this respect and still overlooked by many: Hungary. So when Robert Gilvesy from the eponymous wine estate in Badacsony on Lake Balaton’s northern shores invited me to this year’s Bohém Légyott I immediately reshuffled my diary and accepted. » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month June 2018: Serra da Estrela from Vale da Estrela, Centro de Portugal

It’s rare that a cheese that’s so hard to find as Serra da Estrela, from the eponymous mountains in the heart of Portugal nevertheless has so many fans. A pilgrimage to its origin had long been high on my list – and it’s finally happened! » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month May 2018: Tymsboro from Mary Holbrook, Sleight Farm, Somerset/UK

April 21 was Raw Milk Appreciation Day, and on May 13 and 14 natural wine producers from around the world were gathering at Markthalle Neun in Berlin for another of Isabelle Légéron’s RAW Wine fairs, with the Heinzelcheesetalk that weekend featuring raw milk cheese – and therefore, this month’s cheese just has to be one too – ladies and gentlemen: Tymsboro! » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month April 2018: Raclette from Anniviers, Valais/CH

In theory April sounds like spring, even in Berlin, but this year it starts with Easter and snow. White Easter are not that unusual, when still at easter-egg-searching-age I remember quite a few chocolate-filled nests in my grandmother’s cold white garden. Fifty years later I positively rejoice in the low temperatures outside as they provide me with a perfect excuse to rave about Raclette instead of presenting you with spring-light Ricotta or the first chèvre. » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month March 2018: Duet from Andante Dairy, Petaluma/California

For the very last research for my cheese book (to be published in October!) I recently spent a week in San Francisco. The Fancy Food Show combined with the crazy competition party that is the Cheesemonger Invitational made for a perfect occasion to catch the latest updates, and I truly met and ran into a staggering number of wonderful people. Amongst them, and entirely serendipitously, Soyoung Scanlan.
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