The cheese of the month for September 2022 is: Schafblues from Milchschafhof Pimpinelle, Quappendorf/Brandenburg

The Pimpinelle dairy sheep farm lies under the wide sky of the Oderbruch, directly on a large river bend of the old Oder. We live there with our animals. In addition to our flock of Krainer Stein sheep, there are our herding dogs Ebba and Mio and our farm cat Fiete.
This is how the Pimpinelles, as I call Amelie and Franziska Wetzlar because of the beautiful name of their farm, introduce themselves on their website. I have been following their development for a long time, full of admiration for their commitment, their determination, their enthusiasm – and all the hard work with which they have developed their originally rather dilapidated farm in Quappendorf into a real gem since the beginnings in 2010. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for July 2022 is: two goats from northern Germany, from Catherine André in Bachenbruch and Hiob Schmitt in Asendorf

Bachenbruch, or more exactly Neubachenbruch, is a small village in Lower Saxony, halfway between Bremerhaven and Hamburg, where countless narrow channels and dams cut through the flat, boggy land and keep it dry, where in the fall the birch trunks’s silvery shine competes with apples’ red one. I visited Catherine André years ago for my first cheese book, and that afternoon was one of the absolute highlights of my research. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for February 2022 is: Las Arenas from Yolanda Egocheaga in Asturias/Spain

Crumbly and rather dry, made from cow’s milk, with some irregular spots of blue. The rind brown, grooved, thin, with a distinctiveness smokiness – the Las Arenas didn’t really jump at me at our first encounter. A friend had bought it in Madrid from the glorious Cultivo cheesemongers (thank you Florian!). Theoretically, everything about it was just right: raw milk, natural rennet, spontaneous blue mould, a family’s small artisanal production in Asturias. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for January 2022 is: Quark from Hof Marienhöhe in Bad Saarow

A new year. Without any doubt as turbulent as the two previous ones. Even more important to stay firmly rooted, in touch with the ground and soil, in a literal as well as metaphorical sense. I am working on that every morning, at breakfast, and since long before this global mess started, by having Quark from Hof Marienhöhe. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for October 2021 is: Parmigiano Reggiano from Cravero

Parmesan, really, you might wondering feeling somewhat disappointed, what an old hat, can’t she come up with something more exciting? No, because this is exciting! Finally I was once again at a real, big cheese fair, the wonderful Slow Food Cheese in Bra in Piedmont (honestly, I’m not overdoing it – it truly was gorgeous, and on the way back my trolley case once again, finally, was stuffed with cheesy substances for upcoming tastings!). And the parmesan experience really was one of the most amazing ones during those days. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for September 2021 is: Regowtaler from Capriolenhof in Brandenburg

I’ve been writing this monthly blog since February 2013 – theoretically this ought to be cheese of the month number 115 – and amongst the very first stars of the small Heinzelcheese universe, in May 2013, was Blühende Landschaften or flowering landscapes, my absolute favourite from Capriolenhof, which back then still called itself Schleusenhof Regow. More than eight years later, allow me to entrust another Capriolenhof gem to your turophile hearts: Regowtaler. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for May 2021 is: Buchette from Petra Elsen, Hommerdingen/Eifel

When I visited Petra Elsen on a research trip in May 2008 and wrote about her in my first cheese book, the title of that passage was “The Hommerdingen hero”: On the map Hommerdingen is just a tiny dot southwest of Bitburg, not far from the Luxemburg border, but in the new realm of German cheeses it deserves three stars: “one of the best cheesemakers, worth a special journey”. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for February 2021 is: Cironé from Käserei Eyweid in Zäziwil, Emmental/Switzerland

Almost two years old, dense and brittle, yet the very opposite of dry, the hard, crumbling density melts into a gorgeously fruit and caramel driven loveliness, both savory and sweet, cheese and dessert, like a rich rice pudding yet so much better… Cironé is quite a newcomer at cheese counters a bit worldwide, but in its essence an ancient classic. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for November 2020 is: Heggelbacher Felsbrocken

Felsbrocken, a rock – that holds the promise of solid strength, a reliable footing, a grip on reality… in short all that stuff we need right now, badly. Therefore: a rock, in form of a cheese, for this troubled, dark month, from a farm I only quite recently learnt more about and which represents a real ray of hope: Heggelbach. » 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…