Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Fermier Cheese




What could be more satisfying and tastier than a light meal made with a few slices of cheese stuffed into a fresh baguette and served with a side of fresh fruit.. ....for me, this is the ultimate quick and nourishing lunch when I am on the run in France.
My last visit lead me to a local village artisanal where a very kind and patient shopkeeper sliced a wonderful piece of Comte for me. This cheese is considered the most rich and popular cheese in France. Produced in the mountains of Jura, the milk from the cows is transported to the local fruitiers which are managed by a group of villages and processed immediately for production. AOC regulations are very strict with Comte cheese and those that fail to pass an acceptable score are sold as Gruyere.

And...... a thick slice of Brie makes a wonderful lunch in the park! Oh yes, don't forget a class of champagne, apples and walnuts to accompany your lunch!

13 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I've only just discovered Comte cheese and really love it.
Your baguette, cheese, fruit, nuts and I'd want wine lunches in a Paris park make me long to return again. That is always our favorite!

K & S said...

mmm, cheese, bread, champagne and fruits, what a great way to spend quiet time in the park! sounds like you had a nice time in Paris!

Jann said...

Just sitting on a park bench or any bench in France is a real treat for me! Then to be able to pull out a treat while enjoying the sights, sounds and smells only enhances the moment!This is a great way to rest my weary feet, too!

Mimi said...

I'm with you on that, Jann. The 30 minutes or so my husband and I spent in that little park near the Pantheon were great. We look forward to doing that again soon.

Apples, walnuts, cheese and Champagne! Perfect!

So glad to have you back.

Lydia said...

Really good Comte is a magnificent cheese. My husband and I have enjoyed some of those little picnics in French villages, with a wedge of cheese and some fresh bread and grapes. Oh my....

Betty C. said...

Oh yum -- our family never tires of cheese and it disappears SO quickly...

Toni said...

Hi Jann - I remember visiting a local cheese shop in a village in France when I was there with my sister. I don't think anything compares with those cheeses! We made a picnic with the cheese, some bread and fruit and wine. Didn't have champagne or nuts. Darn! I think I'll have to go back and do it right! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Seems we share some things in common - a love of food and a love of travel.

(I seem to be having a problem posting this with my blogger identity! Don't know if "Daily Bread Journal" will show up.

Toni said...

Last attempt at posting this....When I drove around France with my sister years ago, we stopped at a local village cheese shop. I don't think that anything comes close to those cheeses! We made a picnic with bread and wine and fruit, but no nuts and no champagne. I think I'll have to go back and try to get it right next time! ;-)

Jann said...

One of these days, all of us who love sitting in the parks in France or anywhere for that matter, we need to meet-think of the picnics we could have!

Anonymous said...

This is my favorite lunch in one form or another.
I like how in some cheese shops the owner will slice little bits of cheese so you can taste as you choose. Now, that's heaven :)
Meredith

Christine said...

My favorite memory of good bread, cheese, apples and wine come from the afternoon that I, mon mari et mon fils sat in the park, under majestic sycamore trees, overlooking the medieval village of Sarlat.
The idea of all of us Francophile park picnic lovers getting together sounds divine!

Katie said...

Welcome back!
Looks like you had a wonderful time!
And my very favorite picnic lunch. I could live on the cheese trollys at most restaurants...

T.W. Barritt said...

Ah, to be in Paris eating artisanal cheese! Sounds like heaven! Welcome back and thanks for sharing the perfect lunch!