31 Aug 2010

Troldhede Ask – the Cheese that Broke me In

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Now that I’m done venting my social observations from the symposium, I’d like to talk about one of the many great privileges we were handed in a bag. Literally. There were all sorts of goodies from our sponsors. One of them deserves a special mention, seeing as this company also took a fair bit of verbal beating on that day: Arla.

Arla, or “Evilcorp” as it may be known as by many purists, is the giant in dairy products in Denmark. It’s a company with many bad things on its conscience, but  luckily it really knows how to make amends. In each of our goodie bags was an innovation cheese called “Troldhede Ask” from the Arla Unika series that has been “developed in cooperation with some of Denmark’s finest chefs”. While I was participating in the symposium, little did I know that a cheese of this caliber was waiting to happen. On the next day, hungover from wine and conversation, I presented my other half with this thing and thought “how nice of me to give him these treats, so he can fully appreciate them on my behalf”. Because the thing is, I’m not that into cheese. There. I’ve said it, now let the derision roar. But when you’re done, hear me out, because this cheese turned out to be the bee’s knees. When I tasted it I was suddenly converted. From a cheese-neglecter to someone who has now twice found herself voluntarily having some more on just a dull slice of bread. Can you believe it?

What you probably don’t know is that I was seriously traumatised as a child, when I, not liking cheese, was rubbed in the face by my brother’s cheese fingers and could just smell that out of place stench on my features for the rest of the day. Since then I’ve only gradually begun to venture into the odorific landscape but only with tiny, tiny amounts of cheese every time.

The downside is, that I really lack the necessary vocab to describe cheeses and my only reference points include “räkost” (Swedish “shrimp” cream cheese in a tube-hate the stuff) and cottage cheese (love the stuff). But what I can say is, that it has just the right amount of mouldy-yeasty flavour without that hard aftertaste of ammonia that some blue cheeses seem to have. The texture is unbelieveably smooth with a salty and smoky twang that lingers on in a good way. In short: The next time you go out gourmet dining, look for Troldhede Ask on the  menu, because it is only distributed to selected restaurants in Denmark.

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8 Responses to “Troldhede Ask – the Cheese that Broke me In”

  1. Kerry says:

    Yum! I’m going to have to go and try it straight away before my hubbie eats it all…

  2. Oh, I can’t wait to taste mine, when my goodiebag arrives :-)

    Best wishes,
    Birthe

  3. Heidi says:

    I really hope you’ll like it as much as I did. But does that mean you couldn’t make it to the symposium on Saturday?

  4. Heidi says:

    Just hide it under the broccoli;-) Btw how did you do on the DHL thing?

  5. Kerry says:

    Sorry, didn’t see your question until now ;-) The DHL relay went great and our team came in second for the UN – yay! I hope your first day as a PhD student went well.

  6. benedikte says:

    Okay, this is totally of topic. But I just found it and thought you might like it for you candy section. So here you get a link that should be attached to a candy post:
    http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/meal-time/make-your-own-polka-dot-fruit-roll-ups-126175

  7. Heidi says:

    Benedikte: That looks really good. I’ve only come across fruit leather twice in my life and both were last week, so it was good to see how they’re made. Hmm, must see what I have in the way of fruit leftovers…

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