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…

The cheese of the month for August 2019 is: Erzincan Tulum Peynir from the Gün family in Anatolia

Erzincan Tulum Peynir, the sheep milk cheese from the mountains in northeast Anatolia – after my visits there in July of last year and this April this translates into so many wonderful pictures, so many impressions and thoughts. The landscape of mountain plateaus rising high above the Karasu valley, the black river that is called Euphrates further south. Animals and people living in an impressive symbiosis. » Weiterlesen…

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…