The cheese of the month for July 2020 is: Lausitzer from Hof Schafgarbe in Ogrosen/Brandenburg

A small white wheel of a cheese, two fingers high. Rindless, with just a few dots on the surface, left from the moulds the curd drained in. There is nothing fancy about the Lausitzer, which also comes in a version with fresh ramps. Like feta cheese it matures in brine for up to a year, and the salt does dominate the taste in the first moment, until the rich flavour of the sheep’s milk takes over and balances it. I really like this unpretentious little thing: on a cheese board, on its own, but also with tomatoes and in any kind of salad (water melon!) and vegetable dishes. However, and just as important, its beauty also lies in being part of a whole: I equally enjoy buying meat and sausages from Hof Schafgarbe. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for April 2020 is: Weißer Bollheimer from Haus Bollheim in Zülpich-Oberelvenich

Normally… yet another “normally” due to the pandemic! Normally I had intended to offer you this little jewel after having paid a visit to the cows and their cheesemaker. But who knows when this might be, and as we are currently finding out how much is possible (or has to be made possible) virtually: to widen your cheese horizons, here is Weißer Bollheimer. Anyhow. Because life needs to go on. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for March 2020 is: Buurenkaas from Kaasboerderij Booij/Streefkerk, NL

Gouda is Gouda is Gouda – or isn’t it? No, of course it isn’t. And of course as a subscriber of this monthly series of cheese highlights you’re aware of that. But it might be a good idea to refresh your senses’ memory about the real thing, and treat yourself to a mature, slowly ripened piece, like this gorgeously crumbly, complex 25 months old Buurenkaas (farmers’ cheese) from Kaasboerderij Booij. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for February 2020 is: no cheese, but sheep’s milk yogurt.

Almost exactly a year ago the Heinzelcheesetalk community made it abundantly clear to me that as far as they were concerned, yogurt did not qualify as cheese: at the Heinzelcheesetalk no 59 devoted to that subject we were an exceptionally small group of four at the table – which did not diminish our fun in any way. So why this new attempt? Hope… and my own fascination with the stuff, and a major reminder a few weeks ago in Copenhagen, at Noma (sorry, I know this sounds preposterous, and presumptuous – but honest, would you decline such an invitation?!?). The desserts served there tend to be not very sweet at all and therefore wonderfully wholesome (even for a declared “I’d rather like some cheese, please” person like me). Just like at Berlin’s (apologies again, more namedropping) Nobelhart & Schmutzig. That both places could do more for cheese as such is a different story – but enough digressions. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for January 2020 is: Frohsinn, from Hof Berg in Dannau, Schleswig-Holstein.

This a monthly series which I have been publishing for years. You can subscribe here, to get the latest cheese delivered directly on to your screen.  Frohsinn, cheerfulness. Who’d not need a bit more of that?! This is my offering to » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for December 2019 is: Calabrian Pecorino, from Borough Market in London.

Since quite some time London has been a constant fixture of the Heinzelcheese universe, and my cheese steps almost automatically lead me in direction of Neal’s Yard Dairy and their wonderful store on Park Street at Borough Market whenever I’m over in England. But this time I never even made it to Neal’s Yard Dairy because suddenly I found myself in front of a small paradise, like a small child before a Christmas tree. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for November 2019 is a sausage: Simon’s Käsekrainer

It took a long time to convince Heinzelcheese of the Käsekrainer’s merits. Cheese in a sausage, that sounds like so gimmicky and junky. But as is so often the case in that funny thing called life, there came a moment recently when I was able to see the possibility of the positive contrary: thank you Simon, never sleeping sausage man! » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for October 2019 is: Tak Kohaku from Akira Katayama in Itoshima/Japan

The Heinzelcheese network is constantly expanding… no, I haven’t been to Japan (actually I’ve been to Newfoundland, but more on that another cheese time). However, yesterday, my wonderful friend Serendipity surprised me with this soy-mash refined cheese from Itoshima – and obviously I’d like to share this with you! Even if only in words and pictures; due to the long distance travel it’s been a very small piece. Tak Kohaku is a semihard cheese that reminds me of Tilsiter or Havarti. But its very special aroma, soft and yet complex, makes me think of fermented black beans used in Chinese cuisine, as well as the very best, richest Sake wines… » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month in September 2019 is: Silberdistel from the Arango family, Chäs-Chuchi Gersbach/Black Forest

It was one of the most impressive encounters of those intense months: Chäschuchi Gersbach, the last stop on the Southwest leg of the research trips in early 2008 for my first book on cheese, Erlebnis Käse und Wein. Almost 13,000 kilometres, to visit more than 120 cheese producers all over Germany, amongst them Gersbach, a small, picturesque town in the southern part of the Black Forest. There were fresh, soft and semi-hard cheeses in all kinds of versions, quark and yogurt, and I liked all of it – but Silberdistel, that was… wow. Awesome. In a class of its own. » Weiterlesen…