Written By Courtney Schwegel Edibles Sep 18, 2013 Cheese of the Month: Poplar Grove’s Tiger Blue SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestDespite its ferocious name, Poplar Grove’s Tiger Blue cheese doesn’t have as much bite as one might suspect. In fact, this medium strength cheese has been known to be tame enough for those who claim to be afraid of the ever intense, blue-veined mold.“We seem to have converted many customers to actually like, even love, blue cheese,” says Gitta Pedersen, owner of Poplar Grove Cheese.Cheesemonger Ashley Linkletter of Les Amis du Fromage can certainly attest to Tiger Blue’s popularity. “It has a loyal following,” she said, adding that Les Amis supplies it to many restaurants around Vancouver.Tiger Blue is a pasteurized cow’s milk cheese somewhat similar to Stilton, though more subtle and creamy with a long, lingering sweetness. What makes it especially unique is its ability to please both the palate and the eyes. “I just love the way it looks,” Linkletter said.Not only does the blue mold vein on the inside of the cheese, it also coats the exterior of the cheese, creating a striking aesthetic.To achieve this result, Pedersen explained that the aging cheese is poked with steel rods once a week for four weeks so that the blue mold, which thrives upon contact with air, can develop on both the inside and the outside of the cheese.The characteristic flavours of blue cheese pair best with sweeter beverages that counter their sharpness. Dessert wines, sweet reds, and rosés provide a beautiful balance, while drier wines and bitter beers tend to bring out a metallic taste in the cheese.A perfect complement to the abundant fruits harvested in September, Tiger Blue’s sweetness is enhanced by succulent peaches and crisp apples. Pedersen recommends crumbling Tiger Blue atop a caramelized onion tart, melting it over a grilled steak or serving it as part of a cheese board accompanied with hot pepper jelly. It’s also a great after dinner treat to enjoy while lingering over the last few, sweet, summery evenings September has to offer.artisan cheeseOkanagan SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Courtney Schwegel ... Read More You may also like Food / Recipes October 25, 2021 Sopa Paella Try the iconic Valencian dish as a hearty fall soup brimming with seafood and chorizo. We were going through a heat wave in Victoria when I ... Read More Food / Recipes October 25, 2021 It’s a Pancake Day! That crisp edge in the fall air stirs up a craving for comfort that sometimes only a stack of hot pancakes can deliver. So get your cast-iron pan ... Read More Food News October 17, 2021 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale – November 26 & 27, 2021 For the 8th consecutive year, Rancho Vignola is hosting its Vancouver Island Harvest Sale at the Mary Winspear Center in Sidney. Many now have come ... Read More Breads / Food / How to Cook / Recipes July 13, 2021 Rosemary and Feta Potato Loaf A delicious homemade bread is always a welcome treat that can really set the mood for a good day. This is an approachable recipe to bring to holiday ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News January 28, 2021 CITY EATS February | March 2021 If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Victoria’s free local delivery program, Downtown Delivers, you have until February 15 to try it ... Read More Food News / Pantry / Review January 28, 2021 Some Like It Hot — A Hot Sauce Tasting Party A Hot Sauce Tasting Party Gillie Easdon gathered 15 local, house-made hot sauces and four brave souls to taste-test them. It was a mid-October, late ... Read More Comments are closed.