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…

The cheese of the month for June 2020 is: Grisette from Ziegenhof Scellebelle in Münster/Westphalia

“I’m so glad that with the cheese I finally found my life rhythm, and that is easily worth occasionally getting up in the middle of the night.” This sentence has staid with me ever since I heard it from Sabine Jürß. There is so much in there. That you need structure to make it through life in a decent way. That it can take a while until you find the right structure. That it’s ok to go your own ways. Because getting up in the middle of the night also implies no or very little social life with regular 8 to 5/Monday through Friday people. Instead: sixty goats, a stall at the farmers market and French style cheese, like the Grisette, a small charcoal-coated lactic wheel. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for May 2020 is: Domäne Fredeburg’s triple star of soft cheeses

It might be due to the constant of subliminal crisis-psycho-stress, it might be just coincidence, or simply a lack of proper Heinzelcheese planning: once again I entrust soft stuff to your big cheese-loving hearts and souls. And instead of one, there are three. Domäne Fredeburg’s Pirschbachbrie, Domänenländer and Domowoj are just so good, and cheeses of this kind and quality, in reliable quantity so rare in Germany. » Weiterlesen…