Every time I sit down to type out a blog post I get side tracked with a customer order, an email from my business partner or I am just too tired to type. They are good distractions to have from a business point of view, but not so much for the people who have been loyally waiting for an update on my Travels along the Winding Road. When I started this blog all those years ago under the name of “Pop-tarts and Schnitzel” who would have thought my rambles about food would turn to cheese making, to Much To Do About Cheese; now to being the cheese maker/co-owner of Winding Road Artisan Cheese. It is funny what journeys life will take you on.
The League of YEG Home Cheesemakers was invited to meet at Northlands Park as part of their commitment to Urban and Sustainable Agriculture. People have been making cheese at home for centuries so it is a good fit for both organizations. As part of this partnership we are running three workshops for Open Farm Days
Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food.
Space is limited so get your tickets early you can order them though Ticketmaster here.
Check out Open Farm Days here in Alberta, it is a great thing to do with your family and you can see where your food really comes from.
If you love cheese, especially Canadian Cheese, and a friend asks you if you want to try a selection of winners of the 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix including the Grand Champion what do you do? You say yes of course!
In country as big as Canada there are bound to be cheeses that never leave their home regions or are not known well enough by local cheesemongers to bring them in. Thanks to an internet cheese friend, yes that is a thing, I was lucky enough to sample some great Ontario Cheeses that don’t make it to Alberta, well Edmonton at least.I want to thank Kelsie Parsons for bringing these great cheeses from Ontario on his recent trip out west for work Kelsie was the Official Cheesemonger for the 2014 American Cheese Society Conference and is currently putting the finishing touches on his book about Artisan Cheesemakers in Canada. (more…)
Calling all Canadian Home Cheese Makers – The Great Canadian Cheese Festival is looking at adding a Cheese Making Competition/Awards for those of us who make cheese at home. Right now they are looking to see if there is interest from the home cheese making community in Canada. They announced it earlier today on Twitter and on the Festival’s Facebook page.If you are interested head on over to The Great Canadian Cheese Festival’s Facebook page and like or comment on the post here or email the festival directly at competition at(@) cheesefestival.ca Email link here.
Lets make this happen!
I have toyed with lactic blues over the past few months with varied success, but as 2014 drew to a close it was time to buckle down and make a proper blue. With so many choices, I thought the classics don’t go out of style and I have had requests for a certain English Blue for a while; so a Stiltonesque cheese it was to be.
Stilton, both Blue and White versions, have PDO status by the EU and can only be made in three counties (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire) in England, using pasteurized milk, to be considered Stilton. A Raw Milk version of Stilton, co-created by Randolph Hodgson of Neal’s Yard Dairy and American Joe Schneider, is called Stichelton because of the conditions of the Stilton PDO.
Would a Stilton by any other name smell as funkilishous? Would it taste as great? It was time to fire up the cheese vat and find out.
I get a lot of companies sending me emails asking me to review their product, 99.9% of them have nothing to do with cheese. So when I received an email from Woolwich Dairy asking me if I would review their new flavour of Chèvre spread called Coco Loco, I said sure why not.
Disclaimer – I have not been compensated for this review by Woolwich Dairy, other than the two containers of the Coco Loco they sent for the product reviews. The opinions stated are mine and mine alone. Woolwich Dairy has offered a gift basket to be given away on this site. Details of the giveaway will be at the end of the post. (more…)
It has been a while since I last updated the condition of my Clothbound Cheddar, it is time to look at the cheese now that it has reached a milestone. Most of the recipes for cheddar say that you can try it at 3 months. I don’t like the taste of soap, though Lifebouy has a nice piquant flavour but that is a different story; so I will wait a few more months to break out the trier and sample.
The lard is really doing its job and the mould is staying in the cheesecloth, I am really happy with how things are going (more…)
My Birthday is coming up, so like any self-respecting home cheese maker, upgraded some equipment.
What should I do? Well my wife and kids decided that I am not that great at making presses so it was time for me to get a proper press. I arrived home to find this waiting for me.