The cheese of the month for July 2019 is: Pyrenäenkäse from Langenburger Schafkäserei

„The first wolf is already around! We just had to to start, otherwise it would have been too late.“ Indirectly this is the story of the Langenburger Schafkäserei’s latest creation, their Pyrenäenkäse or Pyrenees cheese. In contrast to some of his colleagues Norbert Fischer isn’t against the re-introduction of wolves in the wild on principle. „I’m happy to live with wolves“, he says, „I like the wilderness, I’d love to have much more of it.“ » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for June 2019 is Red Hawk from Cowgirl Creamery, Petaluma/California

Red Hawk on its own is worth a flight ticket to the US. Who thinks that’s overdoing a bit in all likelihood never experienced this small round stinker at its best. Promised. It is delicious, as in melting-delicious like the most delicious ice-cream you can think of (no PR talk in this case – it’s a triple cream, with plenty of cream added to the already super-rich full fat milk), and all this creamy sweetness is balanced by the intense washed rind aromas – the more mature the cheese, the more daring and the more impressive. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for May 2019 is: Canelé from Elodie Deruelle, Bordeaux/Poitou, F

I was in Bordeaux, on a wine trip. Which started not in a cellar, but at a pâtisserie. Until a few years ago Canelés, those small round, caramelised cakes smelling of rum, were only known by insiders, whereas now they are a thing and regarded as one of the city’s landmarks. When I made it to Fromagerie Deruelle that evening, first thing I saw were – Canelés! Small goat cheeses from the Poitou made in the characteristic fluted shape, under a bell jar. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for April 2019 is: Kaçkavall from Albania

Why are these plain cheeses my favorites for this month? Because they represent an encouraging contrast to the industrial boredom of the usual, standardised offer at supermarkets and are therefore a step into the right direction, especially in the context of the post-communist consumption binge that is (for understandable reasons) still widespread in Albania. At the same time I am aware how risky it is to write about kaçkavall. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for March 2019 is: Mimolette from northern France

Mimolette might crumble and flake when being cut, but on the palate it is never dry or even dusty, instead seducing reliably with an almost juicy smoothness. As intense as its orange glow is its citrussy, nutty aroma. Also, and that’s why I offer it to you for these last cold days, aged Mimolette truly loves wine. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for February 2019 is: Rosalita from Tjamsland Ysteri in Birkeland, southern Norway

Completely unfazed by all the rowdy pseudo stuff surrounding them the good folks from Norway are putting on a show that is truly remarkable and full of taste in the most literal sense of the word. Again and again they bring some of the very best food and people to Berlin – including cheese. » Weiterlesen…

The Cheese of the Month for January 2019 is: Yogurt! And reading material.

Is yogurt cheese? Not really, rather a kind of pre-cheese. Nevertheless, at least as far as this passionate turophile (reminder: turo-phile, cheese-loving) is concerned, it is indispensable. With a spoonful of jam and a few walnuts in winter (when darkness often makes me crave for sugar), with some sliced cucumber und tomatoes, salt and a dash of olive oil in summer it is my perfect lunchtime sustenance. » 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…