Selection 5, 2011: Spanish National Day
Selection 5: Spanish National Day
Hola Cheese Lovers!
This month marks the celebration of National Spanish Day on October 12th and what a better way to celebrate than with a selection of Spanish and Mediterranean cheeses!
Order before midnight, Monday 24th October to receive your selection on Wednesday 26th or Thursday 27th October.
Queso Mahón Curado (250g, Spain)
Queso Valdeón (250g, Spain)
Produced in the mountainous Northwest region of Leon, Valdeón is a mixed milk cheese, made using goat’s milk added to a dominant amount of cow’s milk. Maturation takes place in mountain caves of at least 85 percent humidity where for 3-4 months the blue mould is encouraged to proliferate. When almost mature, the cheeses are wrapped in sycamore maple leaves to hold the rich and relatively crumbly body together and retain its moisture. Under the leaf wrap is a thin natural rind that covers the ivory coloured interior which is rich, crumbly and well veined with slightly gritty blues and greens. The flavour is salty, pronounced, piquant and long lasting. Muscats would contrast nicely with the sharpness and saltiness of this cheese.
Cabra Al Romero (250g, Central Spain)
Cabra Artesano Al Romero is ripened in natural cellars using rosemary leaves pressed into the rind which gives the cheese a rustic and natural appearance and herbaceous aroma and flavour.
St Sauveur (200g, Pyrenees, France)
This pasteurised sheep’s milk cheese, made in the Vallee d'Ossau in the Pyrenees, is one of affineur Hervé Mons' latest creations. The cheeses are brought to Hervé’s caves when still very young and are washed regularly to give them their unique rusty colour and assist in the development of extraordinary rich and nutty flavours. This cheese is creamy and supple in texture and the pattern of the Basque Cross is added as a reminder of the ‘terroir’ the cheese comes from.
Black Cherry Liquorice Spread (120g, France)
Designed to complement sheep’s milk cheese this fruit spread adds a touch of both sweetness and spice. A fantastic accompaniment for a tapas spread.
Recipe: Pan Con Tomate (tomato rubbed bread)
The beauty of tapas is that it brings people together and the recipes can be so simple. Here is a simple little tapas recipe to get you started. Serve this alongside your cheese selection with a bowl of marinated olives. Pour yourself a glass of cava and you're ready to go!
4 slices sourdough bread
Brush the sourdough bread with olive oil and grill each side until golden. While warm, rub with cut side of garlic, then cut side of tomato, allowing juice to soak into bread.
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