Our Cheese of the Month: Coolea
COOLEA: A YELLOW SLAB OF IRISH LOVE
Coolea is a staff favourite here at Gog Magog and Marcus is a huge fan.
The cheese is based on a Gouda recipe and is handmade on a small mountain farm by Dick and Sinead Williams in Coolea, West Cork. Dicky’s father started making the cheese as a hobby back in 1979 and he has followed in his footsetps but turned into his business and has been making it for 24 years.
Coolea cheese is made from full cream cow’s milk – nothing taken out and nothing added. Dicky makes several cheeses from his herd of cows, but our mature Coolea is only produced from the cows’ summer milk – throughout the winter he produces a higher moisture recipe which is sold young, when gentle and milky.
On sunny days, the cows will happily wander round the whole of the field, whereas on rainy ones they tend to stay closer to the hedges and under trees where the grass is less luxuriant and there are more wild plants and nettles. This of course affects the composition and flavour of the milk.
Coolea cheese is a made to a recipe similar to Dutch Gouda but using pasteurised milk, in all other respects though it is a very traditional recipe: handmade and using traditional animal rennet.
We think it is amazing sprinkled over a delicious lasagne or melted over the butchers’ burgers!
Come in and try this beauty – a creamy nutty taste of heaven, it’ll leave you wanting more!
By Lydia (Deli Manager)