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lavender goat cheese yum yum!

ultraviolet Aug 2, 2009 04:29 PM

I bought some lavender goat cheese at the Montrose farmers market last week. I had no idea what I would do with it, but I couldn't resist the combination.
Today I made a fig and lavender goat cheese galette.
It is delicious!!!
I highly recommend you pick some up if you see it at the farmer's market.

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    markabauman Aug 2, 2009 04:42 PM

    Sounds a bit like Cypress Grove's "Purple Haze" cheese which also has fennel pollen as well as the lavender. Galette sounds great; excellent just spread on some crackers or some olive bread.

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    1. re: markabauman
      ultraviolet Aug 2, 2009 05:28 PM

      I haven't tried purple haze though I've heard it's tasty.
      This is the goat cheese guy at my weekly farmer's market.
      I would tell toy the name but it's not on the container.
      Sounds great with olive bread. Thanks!

      1. re: ultraviolet
        TonyC Aug 3, 2009 11:47 AM

        Odd, we just bought lavender/honey goat cheese @ the H'wood farmers market and I was just thinking the same thing. Going to eat it w/ fresh figs, white peaches, honey, pita bread tonite. No baking require, tho there will be wine to substitute the flour.

        1. re: TonyC
          ultraviolet Aug 3, 2009 01:24 PM

          Nice TonyC!

          1. re: ultraviolet
            Das Ubergeek Aug 3, 2009 03:34 PM

            The name is Soledad Goats, from Mojave. Their goat cheese feta is one of the unheralded wonders of the food scene here in Socalistan. I like the fresh cheese too -- it doesn't get "slimy" when melted like so many other goat cheeses.

            I haven't tried their lavender, because I have lavender at home and can infuse the cheese myself.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek
              albatruffles Aug 3, 2009 05:34 PM

              You cannot make the cheese at home as the farmers actually feed the lavender to the goats. That's how the flavor is infused.

              1. re: albatruffles
                teamnap Aug 3, 2009 06:29 PM

                I don't think that the flavor comes from the goats being fed lavender. It is fairly straight forward to infuse goat cheese with herbs. It just takes lavender (or rosemary...or whatever), good goat cheese, a little olive oil, and time to let it marinate, preferably overnight.

                1. re: albatruffles
                  ultraviolet Aug 3, 2009 06:51 PM

                  Those goats must have good breath

                  1. re: albatruffles
                    Das Ubergeek Aug 3, 2009 09:28 PM

                    Then why are there lavender blossoms in the cheese?

                    I prefer to make my own flavouring choices. I buy the plain chevre. Then I can add lavender, pèbre d'aï, etc.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek
                      ultraviolet Aug 3, 2009 09:36 PM

                      I bake with lavender all the time. I infuse it and then strain it out.
                      This goat cheese tasted to me like there was some ground and mixed in and there were some whole pieces as well. When I bit into a piece of lavender it was at full strength it definitely had not been cooked or diffused.

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          mmmyum Aug 3, 2009 02:39 PM

          Definitely try the Rollingstone Chevre with anise & lavender - it's my favorite.

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