AUGUST-SEPTEMBER CHEESE TRAGIC (last orders 15 September)
Bertie Buffalo Brie – 110g (exclusive to our Cheese Club members)
This is a great cheese for us to make in the winter when we have very little goat milk to play with! It is made to a traditional Brie Style recipe, however the Buff milk makes it super creamy, very delicious and great take on a traditional cheese. We source the buffalo milk from the only heard in South Australia and the milk is of the finest quality – ****CLUB MEMBERS you are the first again in Australia to try this cheese – any feedback is always welcome!
Beverage – Dry Cider or a dry white wine like 2020 Coriole Picpoul
Buff Curd 200g
We source our buffalo milk from South Australia’s only buffalo dairy in Mypolonga. The small herd of around 40 or so Riverine Buffalo means we have excellent control over animal health and the milk quality.
Curd is set overnight to make this fresh cheese in a traditional lactic set, not unlike yoghurt. The curd is drained quickly given the milk solids in buffalo milk can be up to 18%, once drained the curd is lightly seasoned and packaged immediately. We produce our curd in small batches to ensure it is always fresh. This cheese should be creamy, light and almost fluffy in texture.
I love it smothered over hot crusty bread and ….my absolute favourite is lashings of it on top of piping hot baked potatoes that are wrapped in prosciutto!
Beverage: Best enjoyed with a sneaky little local beer, try Mismatch Pale.
Ashed Brie 110g
Our Jersey Milk is sourced from a nearby Adelaide Hills town, Mt Torrens.
We make our Brie Style cheeses completely by hand, cutting the delicate curds into large cubes before working them down to smaller pieces by gentle stirring. Once ready we hand ladle into warm hoops.
The cheese is turned every second day until the cheese makers are happy with the bloomy white mould rind cover. At this point we introduce a coating of ash, this gives the cheese an extra savoury note and looks spectacular.
As the protiolitic activity (ripening process) occurs the cheese will begin to breakdown as all good Brie should. It will intensify as the cheese ages. Eat young if you want a milder cheese otherwise let it get funky and experience a truly fabulous representation of an Ashed Brie Style cheese.
I love it on a cheese board with our Fig & Star Anise Jam and a crisp sparkling wine.
Beverage: Australian Sparkling or Brewed by Belinda Standing Ovation tea
Persian Feta Cow 300g
Our Persian Feta is set overnight in a traditional lactic set, not unlike yoghurt. The Feta is drained quickly, once drained it is lightly seasoned with salt and left to age for 12 or so days, after which we carefully portion the cheese by hand. Each jar has a fresh local thyme and peppercorns added to the cheese before we fill with a blend of vegetable and Coriole Vineyards olive oil.
We aim for this feta to super creamy with seasoning that gives this simple fresh cheese a great personality. It is rich creamy and very decadent due to the high solids in the jersey milk.
I love it smothered over hot crusty bread and ….or great in a Shakshuka for breakfast *see our Clever Little Cheese blog for recipe. We also suggest you keep the oil and use as a salad dressing!
Beverage: *Match with Italian style Nebbiolo or Sangiovese Brewed by Belinda’s Creativitea
This Buffalo curd is drained for 5 days before we lightly season with salt after which we roll in South Australian Saltbush. We then finish the cheese using petals from South Australian Native flower Callistemon commonly known as Bottle Brush. The Callistemon adds a unique eucalyptus flavor which gives the cheese a great sense of our place, Australia.
We aim for this cheese to be super creamy with seasoning that gives this simple fresh cheese a great personality. It is rich creamy and very decadent due to the high solids in the Buffalo Milk. Buffalo cheese continues to surprise me with the elegant flavor profile it offers and its velvety texture.
Perfect tossed through a salad of good heirloom tomatoes, red onion and drizzled with good Olive Oil.
Beverage: Best enjoyed with any dry sparkling white wine.
We are also including a 100g packet of our locally made crackers in this month’s pack so you can tuck in as soon as your delivery arrives!
Make sure you allow all the cheeses a short rest at room temperature for full flavour and best texture.
Kris Lloyd – Clever Little Cheese Club