Tuesday, October 04, 2011
this weekend during the festival of family farms we hit up a wonderful local diary that makes some spectacular cheeses, the golden glen creamery. while we were there looking at baby cows and seeing the cheesemaker at work i bought a few containers of fresh curds. some of you may know them as "squeaky cheese" because when you bit into them, they make a squeak against your teeth. they are delicious right out of the package, thrown in a salad, deep fried, or used to make poutine.
if you have never heard of poutine, much less tasted it, i'd like to offer my deepest condolences. not to put too fine a point on it, poutine is fucking amazing. it's rich and creamy and involves gravy and potatoes, with a hefty dose of curds sprinkled on top. it's stick-to-your-ribs, this-really-does-make-my-ass-look-fat, food. certainly not an everyday indulgence, but if you can't splurge on occasion, then i see no reason for living. poutine was invented in french canada, but there are a million different varieties and ways to make it and eat it. my favorite is beef gravy, fries and curds. simple, and to the point.
lucky for me i have a husband who excels at both making gravy and home-made french fries. we made a platter of poutine for dinner and all sat around it with forks. i can think of no better way to eat it, surrounded by people i love, with a big old couch to settle into when we're done.
also on the way this week: cheese making supplies so we can make our own curds. i got to make some cheese while i was working as a cheese girl, but it's been too long. plus, D has been into wild fermentation lately, and he wants to make not just pickles and krauts, but also cheeses. yay!