The cheese of the month for January 2021 is: Urstromkaese cream cheese from Baruth in Brandenburg

January – a new year, a fresh start… although that won’t happen overnight, as if by magic, with the change of a digit. But as usual (well, mostly ;) optimism and confidence reign high in the Heinzelcheese realm. And I do hope the same is true for all of you! As a role model and delicious guidance, I present you this month’s cheese. Fresh, simple and the result of a new beginning. In the fall of last year Yule Seifert (Belgian, engineer, huge heart for cheese) and Paul Thomas (British, dairy technologist, huge knowledge about cheesemaking) started their own production! » Weiterlesen…

Sake meets cheese in December 2020: Two Daiginjo Sakes, full of elegance and grace – and cheeses to go with it

To fit with the season, for this month we selected two daiginjo sake, from Sogen and Ichinikura. Daiginjo means that the rice is polished to just 40 percent of the initial grain, leaving only the inner part. This inner part is full of concentrated aromas that make the sake taste quite full, but at the same time very elegant. » Weiterlesen…

A visit to the Divle Tulum cheese caves

Remember the ancient Anatolian sheep’s milk cheese that matures in a goatskin, Depp down in a natural cave near Konya – and with which I am absolutely besotted? Well, my friend Gamze, cheese scout extraordinaire, recently visited the caves with a film team. Have a look for yourself! » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for December 2020 is: Takesumi from Chiyo Shibata, Fromagerie Sen in Ōtaki/Japan

No, I did not travel to Japan. But I couldn’t have come up with a better choice for the last month of this unusual, crazy year than this small round fellow made from cow’s milk by Chiyo Shibata in Otaki, one hour’s drive southeast of Tokio. Because it is proof of how beautifully the Heinzelcheese network is working, in spite of all adversities! » Weiterlesen…

Sake meets cheese in November 2020: Two Autumn Sake, Hiyaoroshi.

Last time we presented a summer sake – even if we were a bit late due to the pandemic. This time we’re pouring two seasonal sake. Some basics: there are three, sometimes four different seasonal sake, and the last one in the year’s cycle, for autumn, is Hiyaoroshi. » Weiterlesen…

Sake meets cheese October 2020: Two bottles from Tsukasa Botan

Our project starts with Tsukasa Botan, a brewery founded in 1603 on Shikoku. Shikoku, Japan’s fourth largest main island, is not exactly known for sake, and there are not many breweries there, but the many fishermen are known for their high per capita consumption. This comes pretty close to our own motto: A sake is good if we want to empty the bottle! » Weiterlesen…

Sake meets cheese: our new project

It all began last summer in Berlin: Walter Britz, a recognized authority on Japanese food and culture, comes to a party with three half-full bottles of summer sake. Heinzelcheese is irritated at first – wine leftovers, what a miser! – and then totally enthusiastic about these unpasteurised Sakes. Cheese will go so well with it… » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for September 2020 is: Mahón!

Anticipating your potential question or even complaint: no, chances are tiny that this cheese is available at your local super market, at least in the quality I am talking about. But hey, first, you’re used to that problem, second, last month’s Comté is super well distributed – and third: I assume you’re reading this blog because you’re interested in widening your cheese horizon! Therefore: Mahón. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for August 2020 is: Comté!

Life remains tricky, and difficult, and unpredictable. Normally (one of the keywords of the present crisis) I had planned a trip to the Jura region for this time of the year, etc etc. – but hey. Nevertheless (another keyword) Comté is the cheese for this summer month. Reliable. Calm. Good. » Weiterlesen…