Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Cheese for a Wednesday - pt. 21 Appeasement Cheese
So, last Friday, when I went shopping for cheese to take to meet our friends' new baby, I knew I needed something to take home and eat immediately. When I explained my dilemma to Andrew, he laughed and called it the "appeasement cheese." And that's just what it was. In fact, the Brie from the Ferme de Jouvence in France could appease the most cranky troll. A hungry husband wasn't even a challenge!
One rule about Brie: make sure that it has warmed up to room temperature before serving, or you won't be able to taste all the complex flavors inside the bloomy rind. (Actually, this is true for all cheese.) The other problem with a cold Brie is that it doesn't have the requisite "gooey-ness" that my husband, and I'm sure legions of others, loves so much about cheese. I know it's hard to wait (impulse control issues...), but it's really worth it. In fact, do a little taste test. Since you won't be able to wait, have a little bit right after you take it from the fridge. See? Meh. Now, wait 30 minutes and try again...fireworks, right? Told you.
This cheese is so delicious! It is sweet and mushroomy, with just a little tang from the rind (Please eat the rind of Brie! Have you ever seen a Brie where all the paste has been scooped out leaving the sad little rind? Give it a try. Just once. It really adds to the flavor of the cheese - transforming it from just rich and buttery to rich and buttery and a little sassy!) This particular Brie also features the amazing flavor of spring garlic - fresh and light and not enough to make you need to brush your teeth. So much so, in fact, that I thought for a moment that our baguette was a loaf of garlic bread. So creamy and yummy. And when at room temperature, so gooey and spreadable. The perfect cheese.
One more thing - as I've been kind of obsessed with self-sufficient farming of late, I'd like to briefly add that according to Andrew, this farm is completely self sufficient in energy, including the use of anaerobic digestion (from the cow patties!!). I've promised a post on how this works, but haven't yet gotten around to doing the research. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, keep your eyes out for artisinal Brie, full of flavor and ready to appease anyone!