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Monday, August 5 2019

Mozzarella di Bufala

By: Allison Spurrell
Think insalata caprese

This week we look at a personal favourite, especially in the summer, when it works so well with fresh, hand-picked tomatoes.

Cheese Name: Mozzarella di Bufala

Origin: Campania, Italy originally, although other versions are made in Canada as well as other countries. 

Milk Type: water buffalo milk

Style: Fresh unripened pasta filata 

Description: the cheese is flown from Italy to North America packed in water to maintain its freshness. The texture is springy, and the paste is smooth, with a slightly elastic feel.

Tasting Notes: Lactic, delicate floral notes with a slightly sour note on the finish 

Pairing: This is one cheese that is more interesting served with the right accompaniments. The classic Caprese salad, made with Bufala and tomatoes garnished with fresh basil is always delicious in August when local tomatoes are perfectly ripe. Grilled eggplant and zucchini on the barbeque, topped with fine peppery olive oil and some Bufala is a great picnic dish. I especially like a platter of grilled crusty bread brushed with olive oil and grilled radicchio, topped with a few slices of Bufala and with a freshly made anchovy dressing. Summer is the best time to enjoy this cheese. The clean, simple flavours are a beautiful complement to the bounty of your vegetable garden, or the local farmers market.

Treve suggests these wines to perfectly pair: 

Written By: Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell

les amis du FROMAGE is a family owned and operated specialty cheese store with two locations in Vancouver. With a carefully curated selection of local and imported cheeses, charcuterie and accompaniments, they also specialize in frozen soups and meals, all made in house using top quality ingredients. Founded in 1985 by the mother and daughter team of Alice and Allison Spurrell, les amis du FROMAGE is proud to still remain a family owned and operated Vancouver company after over 30 years in business. Current owners Allison Spurrell and Joe Chaput have come a long way since the original shoe-box sized store opened in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighborhood. You can rest assured that their mission is to continue the company’s reputation of offering the highest quality cheeses, cut to order, along with one-to-one customer service. Vancouver - 1752 West 2nd Avenue, BC V6J H6 Tel (604) 732-4218; Strathcona 843 East Hastings Street.V6A 1R8 Tel 604-253-4218. www.buycheese.com.