February 13, 2011
La Fête du Fromage - Lingot de Cocagne
I love living in France.
Though I do sometimes whine about all the bureaucracy.
And even though I'm now a French citizen and thought that my days of dealing with French bureaucracy were over, it still rears its ugly head from time to time.
Then I taste a French cheese like Lingot de Cocagne and all the tears and frustration, all the hours spent sitting in offices only to be told I'm in the wrong place and should be at the other offices across town and all the Euros spent on fuel driving back and forth to Béziers just to sort out minuscule errors by fonctionnaires are immediately forgotten.
Erased from my memory. Gone...
Sometimes a cheese can be that good.
The fromager sold me a piece that was perfectly ripe; slightly oozing just under the rind and firm and chalky in the middle. Affinage usually takes 2-4 weeks so I imagine this piece was at the 4 week stage.
The flavors are a well balanced combination of soft mushrooms, hazelnuts and salt, and the icing on the cake - Lingot de Cocagne is 100% organic!
The farm that produces this unpasteurized sheep's milk cheese is located in the south of France near Albi in the Tarn region.
It pairs perfectly with a dry white wine.
So thanks to this amazing cheese, memories of soul-crushing French bureaucracy have simply faded away.
Until the next problem arises, of course.
Brebis de Cocagne