Monday, 14 August 2017

Cheese or Soap?



I don't feel satisfied unless I come away from a Boot Sale with something in my swag-bag.

These two little pierced pots are a good example. The yellowish one I bought some while ago, and the white one I bought yesterday at a local sale. I have always imagined them to be Cheese drainers. Pop your Goat's milk curds into the pots, and in the morning they'll be nicely set Cheese (Cabécou).

However, my friend L thinks that my latest purchase is for soap..... Please tell me that she's wrong!



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    1. Isn't it called coeur a la creme?

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    2. I just looked it up, and you're right (so was I). I shall send L the link! Thanks.

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  2. Not sure about the round yellow one, but the white one is definitely for cheese. I have one the same. You can make coeur a la creme and serve it with lovely red berries in summer.

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    1. I'm pretty sure that the yellow one is (was) for making our local Cabécou; a very fresh Goat's cheese.

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  3. Again i learned something new this morning:)

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  4. Don't you just love a boot sale. I could have done with these little beauties when I made crowdie living the good life up in the Highlands. 300 years ago, mind!

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    1. I remember my mother using milk that had 'gone off' to make curd cheese. It was hung up in a muslin bag, then had herbs and garlic added later. It was delicious. That was 300 years ago too.

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  5. As you've found, cheese mould.... the heart is a standard goats' cheese shape here in Touraine.... and that smaller one was probably for crottins.... little goat 'turds'.... here a speciality of the Sancerre wine region.
    But all these shapes occur across France if you buy artisinal cheese.... bought some very nice Basque brebis in the heart shape last year from an itinerant marketeer.... ''twas lovely.... haven't seen him since!!

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    1. Our fresh Cabécou are always round; and very nice too, with a dash of honey.

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  6. As rabbit is to jelly couer le creme is to goats cheese.

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    1. I have a Rabbit jelly mould too! A reminder of when I was just a wee sprog.

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  7. The fresh goats cheese I buy in Lidls sits in it's plastic pot in it's own wet/leakage. The round one (with a saucer under) would make an ideal container.

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    1. I'm sure that is what it was used for.

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  8. I was going to say cheese but everyone beat me to it .... late to the party as usual !!! XXXX

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    1. I only bought it because I thought it was for making cheese. I wouldn't have bothered with a soap dish.

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  9. Far too deep for soap. The French usually made soap holders from enamelled cast iron, and they were in intricate shapes with brackets so they can be screwed to the bathroom wall, off the sink.

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    1. We have some of those; cast iron with thick enamel.

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    2. Yes. Often in the shape of sea-shells.

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  10. Well I love the idea of heart-shaped home made cheese so shall opt for that.

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    1. I thought it was rather nice too. St Valentines Cheese.

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  11. Now all you need is a goat!

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  12. I think it could be used for anything you want it to be, however, it is nice to know it's original purpose.

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    1. I might try to make some cheese one day; who knows!

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  13. By previous comments, I am wrong, but it looks awfully like something to drain the water from you Velvet pure soap.

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    1. Or it wouldn't look out of place in an operating theatre.

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    2. I have to say, Cro, that I would question the last statement! But as to why I would bother I can't think. So I won't. But at least you know that I'm now up to date! I wish you wouldn't post every day.

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  14. I would plant an orchid in each of them.

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    1. I expect they'll return to a cupboard not to be seen again for decades!

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    1. Trinkets John. Perfect for a Welsh cottage.

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  16. I was going to say soap, but he general consensus seems to be cheese. Which I much prefer. Whatever, I must say I covet them!

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    1. Yup, I think we're pretty sure now that it was for cheese.

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  17. yes, cheese...must get making soft cheese again...

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  18. The name in French is 'faisselle' and these little pots (and some not so little) are used for cheese making ie draining the whey. I collect, and buy/sell them: I use one to store my garlic, and it works very well too as it lets the air through!

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