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May 09

Neufchâtel (Cheesy Lover #1)

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Hello! I have a cheesy ambition, and that’s to eat and review every cheese available in Borough Market.  I’ll take requests,  if there’s a cheese that you want to see reviewed.

SPOILER ALERT: I have tried *quite a lot* of these cheeses already, but I’ll try to not give plots away.

Neufchâtel

Cheese stats: French (from Normandy, actually), soft and unpasturised cow cheese
Bought from: Le Marche du Quartier

We ate this for lunch, on top of some sourdough bread.

It’s shaped like a HEART!  *insert squeaking about cute cheese*  Apart from that, it’s covered in a velvety mould.  This, cheese science fact fans, is penicillium camemberti, and it’s the fungus that does the magic on camembert (hence the name) and brie.

I cut a slice from the cheese, and discovered that inside it’s two cheeses in one. Directly under the fuzzy white rind, there’s a smooth and sticky, slighly translucent yellow layer, while the heart of the cheese is lighter, crumbly and opaque.  I scoff my slice.  It’s tasty!  Very buttery and creamy, but with a good  tangy, acidic aftertaste and a bit of bitterness and plenty of salt.  There’s a hint of mushroominess in the taste, which reminds me of Brie.  I really like the contrast between the crumbly, fluffy core and the sticky layer around it.

Cheese-eating companion manages to keep a straight face while stating that it’s ‘floral, buttery, slightly grassy’.

Cheesy conclusion: This was a very good lunchtime cheese; not too stinky, and not too strong, but with plenty of interesting textures and flavours to keep us entertained.

Comments

  1. 1
    Kat but logged out innit on 26 May 2009 #

    Hooray! Cheesy Lover is such a good blog name, well done everyone in the pub for thinking it up :)

  2. 2
    j. on 27 May 2009 #

    oi! we need pictures of these cheeses!

  3. 3
    Pete on 27 May 2009 #

    I am not sure this is what Marna is talking about!

  4. 4
    marna on 27 May 2009 #

    *shudders*

    This is what I’m talking about:

    http://www.fromageetbonvin.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/coeur-neufchatel-300×276.jpg

    I did try to take a crappy cameraphone picture, but it was too dull and blurry.

  5. 5
    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 27 May 2009 #

    to be expanded at a later date: i had some cheese yesterday (from angel’s newly opened waitrose — i wz feelin fancy) which contained a “layer of edible ash”

  6. 6
    lonepilgrim on 27 May 2009 #

    As you said you’ll take requests I’d recommend Beenleigh Blue which is available from Neals Yard at Borough market.

  7. 7
    Tracer Hand on 27 May 2009 #

    she’ll take your havarti but you won’t feel it

  8. 8
    Kat but logged out innit on 27 May 2009 #

    Before you know it you’ll be on your bries

  9. 9
    Nikki on 26 Nov 2012 #

    That’s an apt asnwer to an interesting question

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