Nosey Goat Camelot Cheese – Video Inspiration

Nosey Goat Camelot

Nosey Goat Camelot

I picked up some Nosey Goat Camelot last week during a visit to the Upper Canada Cheese Store in Jordon Station, Ontario (Canada). This cheese was out on the sampling counter. Amidst all of the golden yellow cheeses made from Guernsey Cow milk was this pale white cheese. As the staff offered me a sample piece I was braced for disappointment but was instead rewarded with a surprisingly good cheese, a goat cheese.

Nosey Goat Camelot Cheese

Nosey Goat Camelot Cheese

The Nosey Goat Camelot cheese is made from the milk from a herd of Lamancha goats in Keene, Ontario.  This cheese is semi-hard and aged for 2 months.

Nosey Goat Camelot Cheese Wheel

Nosey Goat Camelot Cheese Wheel

Nosey Goat Camelot took top honors at the 2011 Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. It won Reserve Champion in the goat cheese division.

Nosey Goat Camelot Cheese

Nosey Goat Camelot Cheese

What does Nosey Goat Camelot cheese taste like? This is a mild goat cheese with a firm paste. It is well balanced and mildly salty. It has a great texture and slices easily. I recommend savouring thin slices by letting it melt on your tongue. It dissolves slowly and turns creamy. It will excite your taste buds as you explore the unfolding of flavour. It has a short and soft finish. It’s not strong yet it steps right up and greets you with a flavour presence that is “just right”.

I am still somewhat inexperienced exploring goat cheeses. I have not tried very many as compared to cow’s milk cheeses. Yet, this is the cheese that is motivating me to increase my experimenting with goat cheese.

Nosey Goat Camelot is now my benchmark semi-firm goat cheese. It will be interesting to compare others against it. If you want to include a goat cheese on a cheese board I suggest you give Nosey Goat Camelot serious consideration. I think it is unique but in a safe way that most people will either accept or really like.

Nosey Goat Camelot is the cheese that has inspired me to try producing my first cheese video.

Guernsey Girl – A Grilled Cheese sans Bread


Guernsy Girl Grilling Cheese

Guernsy Girl Grilling Cheese

I purchased Guernsey Girl grilling cheese during a recent stop at the Upper Canada Cheese Company store in Jordon Station, Ontario, Canada. One of the staff had inquired as to whether I had tried a grilled cheese before. I responded “Of course, I love a grilled cheese sandwich with the warm cheese oozing out from between the crunchy bread.” She politely corrected me. “No bread involved”. I cocked my head in confusion and prodded her to go on.

She said that Guernsey Girl cheese is designed to be grilled sans (without) bread. She suggested cutting the cheese into slices about the thickness of my small finger (3/8″ – 1/2″) and browning it in a hot fry pan. Being that I am cheese adventurous I had to give this a try.

Guernsey Girl is made by the Upper Canada Cheese Company from cow’s milk, Guernsey cow milk to be exact. Out of the wrapper it had an appearance reminding me of Mozzarella – without the stringiness.

Guernsy Girl Grilling Cheese - Sliced

Guernsy Girl Grilling Cheese - Sliced

I took a bite of the cheese before grilling. It has a very interesting texture. It is squeaky on the teeth, like a fresh cheese curd. It was quite mild and somewhat unexciting. But this cheese is designed for heat.

I heated a frying pan and tossed a slice in.

Guernsey Girl in a Fry Pan

Guernsey Girl in a Fry Pan

Surprisingly it held it’s shape under the heat. I expected it to ooze all over the pan and burn because that’s exactly what happened when I tried frying a slice of processed cheese and a slice of cheddar cheese. The Gurnsey Girl looked like it would melt, but it didn’t. It started cracking and popping and sounding all exciting.

I lifted the corner. It was browning quickly so I flipped it over.

Guernsey Girl cheese brewing in a fry pan

Guernsey Girl cheese brewing in a fry pan

Doesn’t it look sexy here? The colour and texture had been transformed into a thing of beauty. When the second side was browned I removed it to a plate.

Guernsey Girl Grilled Cheese

Guernsey Girl Grilled Cheese

I might have slightly over cooked this piece but I was experimenting and grilling cheese without bread takes a little getting used to. But you get the idea.

What does Guernsey Girl cheese taste like? After browning this in a fry pan the outside was a little crispy with a softer inside. The inside was not as soft as I expected. I expected the inside to ooze out like a ripe Mont d’Or. But this cheese holds its shape. It is cheesy tasting but not cheddar tasting. Again it reminded me of mozzarella. The squeak dissapeared after being heated. Heating the cheese lifted the flavour a notch but this is not a knock your socks off full of flavour kind of cheese. It is subtle and slightly salty. A good snacking cheese once cooked.

I want to try this cheese on the barbecue to see how that works. I don’t think it will fall through the grill since it has so much body.

Subsequently I started thinking of all kinds of experiments I could try with the Guernsey Girl. Perhaps I should drizzle a little honey or maple syrup on top? Perhaps I could cut the cheese into sticks – like french fries or Jenga  blocks.

Maybe I’ll throw a cheese Jenga party.

Jenga - image from Google Images

Jenga - image from Google Images

I could grill up a bunch of Guernsey Girl cheese sticks then stack ‘em up high and eat ‘em.

I’m glad I tried the Guernsey Girl grilling cheese. It was tasty, interesting and different. Those are all good qualities in any cheese adventure.

Comfort Cream by Upper Canada Cheese Company

Upper Canada Cheese's Artisinal Comfort Cream

Upper Canada Cheese's Artisinal Comfort Cream

Nope, this is not a post about lemon meringue pie. This is a picture of Upper Canada Cheese Company’s Comfort Cream.

I found this cheese in my neighbourhood cheese shoppe, Goat Inc. in Port Credit (Ontario, Canada). I was really intrigued by the golden yellow colour. Comfort Cream is a camembert style soft cheese. This cheese is a Canadian cheese produced in Jordon Station, Ontario.

The milk from this this cheese comes from a small herd of Guernsey cattle. Guernsey cows are not common in Canada. The guernsey cow is smaller than a Holstein and it only produces about half of the milk of a Holstein. The milk from the Guernsey cow is high in butter fat and beta-carotene.  The milk is a rich golden colour which carries through to this cheese.

Guernsey Cow - Google Images

Comfort Cream is an artisanal cheese that is hand salted, hand turned and hand wrapped. This cheese is aged four weeks. It is recommend to let the cheese “ripen” a few more weeks to maximize the flavour.

What does Comfort Cream Cheese taste like? It is creamy and buttery. I found it to have a very mild earthy flavour. This cheese is not as rich as some of the triple cream cheeses that I have tried. I think it is more interesting than basic Camembert. Comfort Cream should be served at room temperature or baked (5-7 minutes at 400F). It spreads well and I recommend serving on a thin slice of fresh baguette or unflavoured crackers such as Carr’s Table Water Crackers.

Upper Canada Cheese Company also makes a cheese named Niagara Gold from the same heard of cows. Niagara Gold is a harder cheese as it is aged 5 months. Niagara Gold is one of my favourite Canadian cheeses.

I would agree with Upper Canada Cheese Company’s naming of this cheese. Comfort Cream is comforting. If you like Camembert or Brie it is a good bet you will like Comfort Cream cheese.

Niagara Gold is Buttery and Bold!

This weekend, I stopped in at Goat Inc. to look for some new cheeses to try. One cheese caught my eye on appearance. It was a beautiful deep gold with it’s glowing color making it a standout.

Niagara Gold Cheese

Niagara Gold is a Canadian made artisanal cheese produced by the Upper Canada Cheese Company located in Jordon Station, Ontario, Canada. They are located in the heart of the Niagara wine region. The Company was started in 2005 to produce Artisanal cheese from a nearby herd of Guernsey cows.

Guernsey Cow - Google Images

The herd of Guernsey’s supplying Upper Canada Cheese Company is one of only a half dozen Guernsey herds in Canada. The cows are unique to Canada and the resulting cheese is unique. Guernsey cows produce an extremely rich milk that makes wonderfully rich cheese.

The Niagara Gold cheese is a semi-soft, washed rind cheese. The cheeses are hand salted, hand turned and hand wrapped. They are cellar aged for five months.

How does Niagara Gold Cheese taste?

It has a smooth buttery flavour which transforms into a mellow earthy, nutty flavour. The Upper Canada Cheese Company website compares the Niagara Gold to Oka. I’m not sure that I agree with that. They are only loosely similar in my opinion because the Niagara Gold has much more pizazz. The gold color makes it stand apart. Niagara Gold is not pungent yet it delivers a fuller flavor. I simply found it more exciting than the Oka.

The Niagara Gold has instantly become one of my favorite Canadian Cheeses.