July 29, 2010

La Fête du Fromage - Brebize

One of the best things about eating my way through the cheeses of France (other than stating the obvious) is that I'm learning about French geography as well.

Not too far from here is the Tarn - a gorgeous region that is home to Albi, a red brick covered bustling market town, and the farm Les Paulinetoises, who have been producing fromage de brebis for over 20 years in the small village of Paulinet.

This unpasteurized, bloomy-rind fromage is very odoriferous.  It is packed with heady barnyard aromas that I appreciate, but might put some people off.  Its bark is worse that its bite though...Brebize is quite mild tasting and seriously delicious.

The flavors are a mix of mushrooms, sweet hay and salty earth and the texture is oozing, smooth and chewy.  I thought it was just perfect smeared on some pain complet and enjoyed with a glass of local rosé.

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Claudine said...

my mouth just watered looking at that picture! Thank god I have some brie in the house right now to fill the need for cheese right now! Don't you just love this about France, its so much about the location and geography and never seems to end, love it!

Dianne said...

Scrummo! yes, I would like to try that creamy cheese - but I have never seen it here in Australia. it appears more bland than a creamy Brie - but I love mushroom flavour in cheese -je pourrais aimer peut-être !
Dianne xx

*Chic Provence* said...

OK, yum! I love your description of this and I love mild cheeses too...looks like Tarn is now on the list!



angela@spinachtiger said...

It's a bit of a tease to see all your cheeses and not be able to get them here, but it's a wonderful voyage to take nonetheless.

Jennifer said...

Learning about the regional food and wine is a fascinating and never-ending subject. I love it too!

I'm sure you would love it.
Its flavor is very different from Brie, definitely not bland though! :)

chic provence
One of the local Fromageries has started offering a great range of cheeses from the Tarn and Aveyron and they have all been wonderful.
Definitely worth checking out!

Sorry to tease you but happy to hear you enjoyed the trip.