Sunday, December 04, 2005

Sweet Dreams are made of Cheese

Manchego Cheese


I went off on one of periodic cheese hunts yesterday, there are a couple of spot on shops in the area, including one called The Cheese Block which is probably one of the cities best, they boast over 300 cheeses don't you know, I'm not sure if I could count that many but I found a few choice items to snaffle down. First up was the pictured rosemary manchego, a hard Spanish pasteurised sheep’s milk cheese that is wrapped in rosemary as it cures, imparting a strong herbal tone to the mild peppery flavour. I've waxed lyrical about the combination of manchego and quince before, so won't bore you again, but suffice to say, the combination worked a treat here.

The addition of a ripe pear seemed appropriate with the next cheese, another Spanish number, Picos de Europa, the sweetness complementing the salty blue veins in this creamy cheese, a mixture of cow, sheep and goats milk again wrapped in leaves to cure. This is usually served with honey, but I liked the pear a little better, not as cloying and refreshing at the same time.

Lastly, British goats cheese called something like Tickledon, I say something like because my notebook got a touch water logged by an unexpected deluge and my memory is not what it used to be. Anyway, a stunning creamy goats cheese with a fresh lemony zest to it that held its own against the armada of Spanish cheese on the plate. I'll go back and find out what it was called, probably good excuse to buy some more.

8 comments:

cookiecrumb said...

Who am I to disagree?

(If figs were still in season, you'd adore one with that Picos de Europa.)

Andrew said...

pity you coouldnt make the Spanish Wine and Food bloggersmeet a week or so back, Jenni (Pertelot) brought some excellent Spanish cheeses which went rather nicely with various wines. I think the Europa one was in there...

Vanessa said...

Ticklemore?

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Monkey Gland said...

Yes, there you go! Ticklemore it is...and damn good it is too. Still going back for more, just to verify the name like ;-)

Sam said...

you've farted around with that pix since yesterday haven't you Monsieur Graphic Designeur

megwoo said...

That cheese looks so yummy.

Your title is hilarious. (And so true!)

Monkey Gland said...

Busted!

Sam said...

it looks a bit radioactive on my callibrated monitor.