As can be ascertained from my previous post, I am more than partial to cheese - proper cheese, cheese with flavour, texture and character to set it apart from the flaccid yellow slabs of "mild Cheddar" that are the most pungent the uninformed or lily-livered can stretch to.
I'm not saying I'm a cheese snob - I regularly buy Seriously Strong or Colliers' Cheddar, but I do like to have something a little unusual among the five or so cheeses in the fridge at any given time.
Howard passed by a touring French market on Friday, and bought a selection for me. The stall holder was mildly amused that for once he had a British customer whose response to each product sampled was "Have you got anything stronger?"
Eventually he came away with four fine treats - a lovely dry flavoured but creamy textured Chevre, a slab of Morbier, another mountain region classic, Tomme de Savoie, but a particularly aged one, not so much farmhouse mature, more essence of derelict barn!
There was one final cheese, one that was new to me - Montboissie. It's a semi-soft rinded cheese, a relative of Morbier, but without the ash layer in the middle. It has a sweet pungency, with a slight sharp kick - really does melt in the mouth. Ideal on a slab of slightly warm proper bread.
As it is probably only made on a small scale, I can't promise you'll be able to find some to try. But if you do, get a slab and enjoy it!