Cheesy Christmas 21: Crottin de Brebis

Cheesy Christmas 21: Crottin de Brebis

We’ve had a lot of cheese made from cow’s milk and goat’s milk but proportionally less cheese made from sheep’s milk.

There have only been 2 others this year… on day 4 and day 16.

Not sure whether that proportionality holds for cheese-making in general or not – it’d be interesting to know, but I’ll save that exploration for another day.

Here’s what we thought of today’s sheep-milk cheese…

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Cheesy Christmas 20: Brézin

Cheesy Christmas 20: Brézin

It was another 2-cheese kind of evening when we tasted the Brézin cheese.

What is with us not being on a “1 cheese / day” rhythm this year?

I wonder if it the fact that we’re all a little busier this year… the fact that there’s a bit less novelty this year… etc.

Not sure, but that shouldn’t take away from talking about today’s cheese…

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Cheesy Christmas 19: Fourme de Montbrison

Cheesy Christmas 19: Fourme de Montbrison

Hmmm… we approached this cheese with a healthy dose of fear and trepidation… or at least I did.

You see, it’s another that we had last year, and when having a ‘repeat cheese’, I never disclose last year’s score to the family before we’ve given this year’s score. I don’t want to set expectations. But this cheese did not score particularly well last year.

Would this year be different?
Let’s find out…

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Cheesy Christmas 18: Estival

Cheesy Christmas 18: Estival

How is it possible that we are one week out from Christmas already. I’m sure I don’t know where the time went.

Today’s cheese is going to put us head-to-head with Day 22 from last year where we tasted Estival for the first time. Yet another day where we’re tasting a repeat cheese.

The pressure’s on… will it impress more than last year? …be a disappointment? (we’ve had a couple of those so far) Let’s find out!

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Almost Christmas

Almost Christmas

Yesterday was the last day of school for the kids.

What a difference from “last days of school before Christmas” when I was young. We’d been piling on and off the long yellow school buses in bulky snowsuits for weeks by the time Christmas vacation rolled around. Here… I’m still looking at green grass and we’ve barely seen an honest-to-goodness snowflake to date.

It’s been a while since you’ve had a regular post, so here’s to a taste of regularity. Grab your cup of coffee & let’s dive in…

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Cheesy Christmas 17: Tommes aux Fleurs

Cheesy Christmas 17: Tommes aux Fleurs

We’re one week from Christmas Eve, and today’s cheese takes us, originally, to one of the places where I imagine Christmas truly loves to dwell, a place where it’s easy to envision snowy forests and old-world charm decorated to the hilt for the holidays… Austria.

The Tomme aux Fleurs is another cheese that we had last year, so we’ll see if our thoughts have changed, but nonetheless… I love the simple notion of this colourful little cheese.

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Cheesy Christmas 16: Brebis Basque

Cheesy Christmas 16: Brebis Basque

We’re well beyond half way through this year’s Cheese Christmas.

I’ve got to say, up to this point, and generally speaking, we don’t seem to be quite as impressed with the Cheesy Christmas product offering as we were last year.

That’s not a comment on today’s cheese which, in fact was a hit… but it’s just a general observation now that we’re this far in…

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Cheesy Christmas 13: Stilton

Cheesy Christmas 13: Stilton

On one hand I was glad to finally be able to say that I’d tasted Stilton cheese, you see, there was a time when we were reading about it on a near-daily basis!

Reading about Stilton cheese you say?

Well… sort of. You see when our kids were small, there was a series of cartoon books about an intelligent mouse names Geronimo Stilton and our kids LOVED him. He was always going on a new adventure with his clumsy cousin, Trap, his adorable (and adored) nephew Benjamin and his always-there-to-save-the-day sister Thea (How DOES one pronounce that name? The jury’s still out).

So you see… we were no strangers to the existance of Stilton cheese, but today would be our first taste…

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