December 2, 2008

La Fête du Fromage - Fromage Frais Férmier

Un bon Fromage Frais Fermier moulé à la louche.

Fromage Frais Férmier is a fresh, salted, unripened cheese that comes directly from the farmer. The term moulé à la louche means that the cheese curds have been hand ladled into the molds.

This particular one is produced from whole, unpasteurized cow's milk on a farm in the Charente-Maritime.

I found this cheese in a shop in Cognac. As I lifted it from its tray, wet and dripping, and slipped it into the plastic bag that the shop provided to keep it from leaking all over my other groceries, I caught a whiff of its mild, super fresh, milky aroma and just knew it was going to be good.

Back at our gîte, I sliced half of a baguette and carefully unwrapped the little, pillowy Fromage Frais. We spread it on the bread and took a bite.

My husband and his son, who is visiting for a couple of weeks, were instantly smitten. They oohed and aahed and asked for more. Sadly I wasn't bowled over.
The texture was soft and fluffy and the flavor was salty, rich, fresh and tangy, somewhat similar to cottage cheese. Which I don't like.
Luckily they both love it.

After watching them demolish half of the cheese, all the time raving about its deliciousness, I had another taste and decided that it would be perfect for breakfast, with some fresh fruit or drizzled with honey.
If you come across some locally made Fromage Frais, you should definitely give it a try!

Pin It


spacedlaw said...

Which reminds me I should start and plan the next entry...

Jennifer said...

I look forward to seeing your next cheese!

Donna said...

I want that bread! I wish we could get good French bread in New Orleans! Do you have any recepies? Or do you not make bread because you can buy wonderful fresh baked bread in your village daily?

Jennifer said...

Why does the French bread in New Orleans taste so awful? The texture is terrible!
Remember that little French bakery by your old apartment in Bayou St. John? Didn't they open a store on Magazine Street?
There must be a good French baguette to be had! Maybe we can go on a hunt while I'm there.

Jennifer said...

I have recipes, yes. I never make it though because it is so inexpensive to buy and I can get it in the village (and in almost every village!)