Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Cheese for a Wednesday, pt. 13 I've got the Blues!
Unlucky #13! Sigh. It has been quite a week. I have been eating cheese, and taking notes, but between team meetings for class, late nights at the office, and a Basset Hound puppy visiting for the weekend drooling on everything and amping up the energy, I just haven't been able to share. I've missed you guys! Hope the feeling has been mutual.
Anyway, I have been meaning to share with you the joys of Blue Cheese (again!). I picked up my favorite Roaring 40s from Australia, and decided to compare it with Bleu de Bocage from France. This was a crazy "Pepsi Challenge!" The Roaring 40s, as you know, is a sweet blue that comes in a pretty blue wax shell. I don't have to go on about that one again, other than to bore you with my undying love for it. Blah, blah, blah.
Bleu de Bocage, on the other hand, was not an immediate love. In fact, if you are a fan of CheeseDreaming on FaceBook, you might have seen me comment on how I had finally found a cheese I didn't like. Egads! This cheese is really unique. It is one of the few goat cheese blues out there. Obviously Man Who Sneers at Goat (Cheese) wouldn't be a fan. I didn't even ask him to try this one. My first taste made me tear up. It is really "assertive." I put it down and ran! Embarassed, I went back to try again. And again. And again. It really grew on me. There was a really interesting crunch to it from the salt crystals (I think that was the source). There was a complex minerally sweetness underneath that tang that made me cry. This one is not for the faint of heart, but give it a try!
So, in the "practical application" department, I put some crumbled Roaring 40s on my steamed Brussels Sprouts last night with some fresh ground pepper. Yum! The Bleu de Bocage on a cracker went really well with a Cosmo made by Darling Husband this evening.
Don't be afraid! Get the blues. Sometimes its ok.