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Thursday, January 23 2020

Magie de Madawaska

By: Allison Spurrell
The magical cheese of Quebec.

Cheese Name: Magie de Madawaska Origin: Made in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec at the Fromagerie le Détour.

Cheese Name: Magie de Madawaska

Origin: Made in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec at the Fromagerie le Détour. This cheesemaker makes a variety of cheeses in cow, sheep, and goat’s milk, including the much loved and lauded Grey Owl.

Milk Type: Cow’s milk

Style: Soft Mixed Rind, which is a combination of an early washed rind processing that is then allowed to finish ripening with a bloomy rind.

Description: The paste of this cheese seems to always be deliciously oozy when we open it. The interior is a lovely deep straw colour and the crust has a light orange, almost slightly pink hue to it.

The cheese is called Magie, (magic in English) as an ode to how the art of cheesemaking changes milk into something magical.

Tasting Notes: Typical of a mixed rind cheese, the Magie had some of the earthy funkiness of a washed rind, and a grassy note at the end.

The paste is very rich and buttery in texture and the rind has just a touch of the pleasant sandiness that is common to washed rind cheeses.

Pairing: The cheesemaker at Fromagerie le Detour suggests pairing a traditional Quebec Iced Apple Cider with a piece of Magie. I think a nice crunchy toasted baguette and some dried fruit would also be amazing. The cheese is so soft and lush that you don’t need much to compliment it.

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Written By: Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell

Allison Spurrell stocks the larders of the city’s finest restaurants and your fridge alike, through les amis du FROMAGE, cheese shops in the Kitslano and Strathcona neighbourhoods in Vancouver which she runs with Joe Chaput. Their shelves are filled with 400 cheeses, including local, raw milk French, Italian and other specialties. They also sell foie gras, pâtés, crackers, biscuits, varietal olive oils, vinegars and other specialty food items and their kitchen in Strathcona prepares popular frozen taken away meals. Les amis du FROMAGE has received Vancouver Magazine's Restaurant Award as a top food supplier to Vancouver’s best restaurants and hotels. Allison is a proud member of Confrerie les Chevalier du Taste Fromage de France. To buy cheese visit: les amis du FROMAGE in Kitslano - 1752 West 2nd Ave | Tel (604) 732-4218 or Strathcona - 843 East Hastings St | Tel 604-253-4218 | www.buycheese.com.