The French countryside sure is lovely.
We spent two days in Conflans sur Anille, near the Loire Valley and stayed at Chateau de la Barre. When we arrived, the owners, Guy and Marnie, served us homemade cider. Guy grew up in Chateau de la Barre; it has been in his family since the 14th century.
We walked through their flower garden.
That evening, we visited the farm next door- a cheese making farm! We watched the owner milk her goats.
This is the temperature controlled room where she sets a variety of goat and cow cheeses.
Some are one day old. Some are eight weeks old. She puts vegetable ash on top, for flavor.
For dinner our first night, we stayed at the chateau and ate artichokes from the garden. Marnie made a superb cheese, herb and oil dipping sauce, which H. then spread onto everything else.
We also had salad, vegetable ravioli, and delicious zucchini (also from the garden).
Then, there was the cheese course.
From left to right (and finally center): a day old goat’s cheese, that tasted like yogurt; a deliciously nutty cow cheese; an extremely creamy roquefort; a cow cheese similar to cheddar but made with unpasteurized milk – I loved it; a semi-aged cow-goat mix, and, finally, a strange cheese covered with paprika that we didn’t like at all.
There was dessert, too- blueberries and chocolate and cream, I think, but I have no photos of it.
More tales from France to come.