Anise Lavender Tomme (Aged Chevre)
I like lavender just fine. There’s a bunch of dried lavender hanging in my bedroom because the aroma reportedly helps you sleep. It smells lovely, even if that isn’t true.
Obviously, I like cheese or this blog wouldn’t exist.
I can’t think of any lavender flavored food….tea, maybe? Send comments if you know of something that you’ve tried and is good. But I was willing to branch out a bit, so here I was with perhaps the weirdest cheese I’ve tried so far. I can now categorically state that, personally, the two should never meet.
In true chevre style, the paste is pure white, although this particular cheese was covered in yellow wax. Flecks of anise are clearly visible in the paste and the aroma is unmistakeably of lavender. As for thetexture, it’s soft, like a firm ricotta.
It’s an acquired taste! The lavender flavor was very upfront. It felt like licking a bar of soap. I have to say that lavender is great for soap, shampoos and candles. Not for cheese.
These cheese is made by Rollingstone Chevre in Idaho. Their website says the cheese is excellent as an accompaniment to poultry and lamb or as an addition to sauces. If you love lavender and you love cheese, give it a try.