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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Le Cendrillon

Another FINE, fine, cheese!

I had my foodie girlfriend over the other day, and she brought me a taste of her newest find!  Le Cendrillon ash covered soft surface ripened goats cheese.  I had my  truffle cheese, and the two of us looked like kids in a candy store!  All excited to try each others cheese and share.

 her cheese was Absolutely amazing. Full of " WOW!"

You only need a very small taste, to get the full impact. She described it SO well.  She said as soon as you put it in your mouth, you get a strong " blue cheese" sort of taste..almost too much, but then you get a numbing feeling over your tongue ( yes, I did)  then after that you feel a nice creamy texture and taste...( yes!) and then you get  huge punch of " pepper taste" at the end...

It reminded me of a fine wine tasting. She knew exactly what she was talking about and I experienced everything she said.

I'm sure this post is funny to some, but it was such fun finding a cheese snob more into cheese than I am!

Here is the cheese....a WORLD CHAMPION cheese .  It is difficult to find, but if you are in a specialty store and see it...buy it!

I found this article on the cheese: Impressive!

A Quebec goat cheese named Cinderella has been voted the best cheese in the world at the World Cheese Awards 2009, beating out 2,440 entries from 34 countries.

The winner in all categories, made by La Maison Alexis de Portneuf, was announced Thursday night at a gala in the Canary Islands attended by 300 of the world’s top cheese experts.

It’s the first time a Canadian cheese maker has won the award, as far as the makers were able to ascertain Saturday, a fact that did not go unnoticed in the nation known as the capital of gustatory richesse.

"The best cheese in the world is . . . Canadian” announced Le Parisien, France’s widely read national newspaper.

“Whatever the lovers of pate cuite, lait cru and d’affinages fermiers may think, the best cheese in the world is not French, but Canadian,” the article begins.

Produced in St. Raymond de Portneuf, located about 50 kilometres northwest of Quebec City on the north shore of the St. Lawrence, Le Cendrillon is described by the producer as a “vegetable ash-covered, soft surface-ripened soft goat cheese with a semi-strong, slightly sour taste that becomes stronger with age.”

It sells for about $5 for 125 grams at the boutique located at the factory where sales were brisk Saturday, and is available in Quebec and across Canada at cheese stores and the cheese sections of most supermarkets.

“It’s truly an honour, we are really touched,” said Karine Vanasse, spokeswoman for La Maison Alexis de Portneuf. “All our artisans who make the cheeses by hand are very happy — there’s a lot of pride.”

About 150 people work at the cheese producer, which was purchased by Saputo in 1999.

La Maison Alexis went in with low expectations given the number and calibre of the competitors, Vanasse said.

The World Cheese Awards are one of only two or three international cheese competitions held regularly, she said.

Two weeks ago La Maison Alexis de Portneuf was also awarded the coveted Prix du Public at the Selection Caseus 2009, which recognizes Quebec’s fine cheeses.

Vanasse could not say how much of the cheese is made each year, but noted that production is based on demand, so it’s likely production will increase this year.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

My addiction to POUTINE!

oh my goodness. It is terrible. I could eat Poutine day and night...but unfortunately, it isn't the  healthiest of choices! ugh.

So what do I do to satisfy my cravings? Nooo, I don't head to the local chip stand...and get it smothered in grease...but am very tempted!

Healthier Poutine- HA! oxymoron!

Bake some reduced fat oven fries
Use canned Poutine gravy from the grocery store- surprisingly enough, it is low in fat and calories
1% shredded cheese.

Voila!  oooey gooey GOODNESS!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Lavender Gin- to make a Lavender Lane!

Here we go with the LAVENDER again!

I had to pick up my favourite Magazine at the LCBO today. ( Liquor Store)

they hand these out for free every season, and they are full of great recipes and drink idea's!

Today I found this one.

Lavender Lane Cocktail

6 lemon bits ( a slice of lemon cut into small triangles)
3 mint leaves
1 1/2 oz Lavender Gin ( recipe to follow)
dash of bitters
1/2 oz honey syrup
soda water

 Muddle lemon and mint in a 10 oz highball glass. Add ice to fill. Add lavender Gin, bitters and honey syrop. Stir. top with soda, garnish with a mint sprig.

Lavender Gin Recipe
Add 1 tsp dried lavender flowers to a 26 oz bottle of gin. Let sit for 4 days, Strain and rebottle the gin. Lavender Gin can be used in all recipes that call for Gin.

Simple Syrup:  We keep a bottle of this in our bar fridge at all times. Make ahead and have handy.
Just combine equal parts sugar and boiling water, still until dissolved, store in fridge.

and how about this appetizer to serve with them?

Cucumber Rolls with Smoked Trout

If you don't like smoked trout replace it with thin slices of rare roast beef. If you use beef, you will probably have to cut the slices in half lengthwise. You can make these up to an hour ahead of time.

1 English cucumber
1 smoked trout or 12 thin slices of roast beef
Lemon juice
½ cup (125 mL) freshly grated horseradish

1. Cut the cucumber in half crosswise. Using a vegetable peeler or a mandolin, cut thin strips lengthwise from each half, turning the cucumber as you reach the seeds. You want strips of cucumber with a band of green skin at the top and bottom. Trim the strips.
2. Divide the smoked trout into 24 pieces and squeeze over a little lemon juice. Place a piece of trout on each cucumber strip and roll up, securing with a toothpick. Top with grated horseradish.

Makes about 24

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Truffle Infused Cheese...ohhh myyy gosh!


I found a new cheese shop in Thornbury- The Cheese Gallery, they have the best cheeses...I love them all, but this one is by far my ultimate favourite...can food get any more decadent than that!?

however, not too cheap, I got a very thin slice for $18. That wedge in the picture, sadly isn't mine. Someone else  is very lucky!   But you only need a  tiny bit of it to get the full flavour...very strong and very rich. Divine!  Something to keep to yourself and not share! ;-)