Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Persistance of... moldy camembert

Camembert is a delicious cheese, but what's with the mold on the outside? Yes, the penicillin is used to ripen the unpasteurized cow's milk, but that doesn't make it tasty to me, or easy to "peel" and eat. It's a shame that it is not easy to find Camembert without the moldy coating.

For more ease of eating and less mess, a delicious Gruyère or Stilton or Gouda will be found chez nous. If you wanna eat the moldy crust, good for you - you can have mine too.


  1. I use a sharp knife to de-mould it. I don't like the taste of that, either. On the other hand, on brie especially, it works nicely to hold it together if you fry the whole thing (a decadent and occasional treat).

  2. do you recommend butter when frying soft cheeses? or do they do nicely sans additional fat?

  3. I use oil, lots of it. Dip it in an egg wash and then breadcrumbs or cornmeal (yeah, I know) then pan fry it in lots of oil or deep fry it in a small pan if you care to. I generally use olive oil. Pan-fried in butter without breading would be worth a try.

  4. Friggin no-carb dieters...You guys are only a few steps away from deep-fried Twinkies.

    One of my biggest regrets in life is that Dr. Atkins didn't die from his own diet.

  5. Twinkies are full of High Fructose Corn Syrup, partially hydrogenated oils (which never turn rancid), huge quantities of preservatives, and SUGAR. I'd not eat a twinkie if you paid me $10 to eat it. Maybe, for a $100 incentive payment, I might.

    Low carb (which for me, means NO GRAINS, but moderate amounts of fruits and veggies, and... I'm sorry to say for vegetarians, but animal protein) and moderate exercise (which I enjoy) has eliminated my diabetes symptoms, given me huge amounts of energy, eliminated the RAVENOUS hunger I used to experience every single day, dropped 4 inches of waist size, and shed nearly 40 lbs, all under the close eye of my primary care physician who has documented the benefits.

    I don't see it as a "diet", it's a much more healthy life style. Before I embraced it, years ago, I used to mock it, and cling to my delicious bread and cereal. I still eat a pizza (once a week during football season) and drink beer (in moderation, preferring the zero carbs of hard liquor more often). I plan on being around, alive, ambulatory, and aware / interactive / cognizant when my grand children are around someday years from now... NOT with a bad back, over-hanging gut, insulin injections, high blood pressure, or AD / SDAT that intake of high carb content, high wheat gluten, low protein diets in eastern europeans has proven to promote within my family tree.

    Disparage it all you'd like... but it's theory is sound, and it works. For Matt, Ron, Mike S, myself. "Adkins" is just a label that some people throw on it to confine low carb into a convenient box. I don't want to be killed by the ubiquitous and pervasive US industrial food complex, and the recent (less than 10,000 years old) notion that we're all supposed to be grazing on grains as the main source of our nutritional intake.

    BTW: I saw Food Inc on DVD last weekend, since it never played here in Phoenix. Should be taught in schools. Factual. Eye opening. Despicable.

  6. I don't think you detected the sarcasm in my tone :)

    I'm not disparaging the idea of a balanced diet. Just the fools who use Adkins as an excuse to eat pounds of bacon at every meal...and make fun of vegetarians while doing it. Of course, I think the no grains thing is a bit extreme. But the average American diet contains an overabundance of them. And people with health symptoms could be forgiven for modest extremes. Low-carb for Americans is probably just a normal diet for other (more) civilized countries.

  7. years ago, I used to make fun of vegetarians. I got over my myopic perspective, and understand much better now how many people elect for a vegetarian diet due to ethical, religious, health, personal reasons. I do get annoyed by the militant vegetarians who have no tolerance for carnivores... chacun ses merde. (to each their own) =)

  8. I think there are some very good ethical arguments on behalf of vegetarianism. The health benefits are mostly mythical, not really supported under actual study. But everyone thinks that veg-only is healthier, so they've won the mindshare battle for sure.


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