Monday, 12 March 2012
There are well over 300 different types of cheese in France but the area where I ma staying at the moment is best known for goats' cheese. Until about 10 years ago I really didn't care for goats' cheese but I hadn't tasted the good stuff. Now I'm only too happy to choose it.
The distinctive shape of the Valençay cheese is supposed to be thanks to Napoleon. It used to be a pyramid shape but Napoleon saw it on his return from an unsuccessful campaign in Egypt. It was a painful reminder so he took of the top with his sword. I think that story could be taken with a pinch of salt. As you can see, the Pouligny is a very similar shape but appears to have been only partially beheaded.