Tommette de Vache and Fourme d'Ambert were the two cheeses selected this week for our continuing celebration of French cheese.
I bought the Tommette de Vache from a small market stall this morning and cannot find any information about this cheese either in my cheese reference books or on the Internet. I do know that it is a raw cow's milk, fermier cheese and that I loved it! It's aroma was sweet and nutty and it's flavor was slightly salty, very buttery and reminiscent of Beaufort. A nice, dry white wine would be a good accompaniment.
Fourme d'Ambert is one of France's oldest cheeses and is known as it's mildest blue cheese. It comes from the Auvergne department where it is shaped into tall cylinders, injected with mold, then left to mature in humid caves. Made from cow's milk, it has a dry rind and a firm and dense, yet creamy texture, so it doesn't crumble like many blue cheeses. It's aroma is earthy and nutty and it's flavor brings to mind fruit and mushrooms. It was very nice but wasn't as interesting as Blue de Basque or Bleu de Gex. Enjoy some fruity red wine such as Beaujolais or a sweet white such as Sauternes with Fourme d'Ambert.