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What was this mystery cheese??

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BertieBotts Sat 11-Jul-15 20:09:26

I went to a garden party type thing the other day where people brought food to share. I ate part of a salad which had whole cherry tomatoes and chunks of what looked like fried croissant (I thought they were some kind of crouton blush) Only to realise it had a totally un-bread-like texture and a very slight cheesy taste.

I'm slightly intolerant to cheese (it makes me sick) so I found the person who had brought that salad and just asked casually. She said yes it's cheese, and was then mortified that I'd eaten it. blush I told her please not to worry because I should have checked first, anyway, and I'd probably be fine as it was a small amount.

Anyway a few days later, no reaction, so I asked her what kind of cheese it was, because it's useful to know if there is a kind of cheese I can eat without it making me ill. She didn't know but promised to check when she was next in the supermarket. She hasn't got back to me and I am now afraid it has been too long and she won't remember, and I'm too embarrassed to remind her!

So, perhaps you can help me? It didn't taste very strong at all, the texture was sort of rubbery and sort of similar to meat or fish in the way that it separated in flakes or strings. I think it was grilled, possibly, because the outside was golden brown but it had remained in this square shape. I wondered if it was perhaps goat's or sheep's cheese?

Oh, and she would have bought it in France, if that makes any difference at all.

BertieBotts Sat 11-Jul-15 20:10:38

Because she lives there. Not because I have friends who regularly jet over to France for a bit of grocery shopping grin (Am on the German border)

Weebirdie Sat 11-Jul-15 20:12:48

Sounds like it may have been Halloumi.

Maria33 Sat 11-Jul-15 20:13:25


LaurieFairyCake Sat 11-Jul-15 20:13:32

Sounds like halloumi

Very bland and inoffensive but lush grilled

OttiliaVonBCup Sat 11-Jul-15 20:13:37

That's what I would have thought.

Never seen it in France though.

TheFutureSupremeRulersMum Sat 11-Jul-15 20:13:48

Sounds like halloumi to me with a rubbery texture. It's really nice grilled.

ItsAllGoodMan Sat 11-Jul-15 20:14:07

Was it really salty?

TommyandGina Sat 11-Jul-15 20:15:00

I love Halloumi envy

penny13610 Sat 11-Jul-15 20:15:06

What weebirdie says
Also may have been made with sheep's milk. My some is slightly dairy intolerant and copes with sheep's milk fine.

Elledouble Sat 11-Jul-15 20:15:08

I've roasted feta before which has gone a bit like you describe - looks like croutons.

inmyheadimthequeen Sat 11-Jul-15 20:15:57

Yep, halloumi would be my guess. It's sometimes made with goat's milk I think, or sheep's milk, maybe. Not cow's milk anyway, that's possibly why you didn't have a reaction to it.

Weebirdie Sat 11-Jul-15 20:16:01

Try Carrefour in the cheese chiller.

OttiliaVonBCup Sat 11-Jul-15 20:18:20

I don't really miss it when in France, there's so many other things eat.

BertieBotts Sat 11-Jul-15 20:45:27

No, it didn't taste that salty, it didn't taste of anything much. I thought feta was normally crumbly and smaller?

Yes I have been told I might be okay with sheeps'/goat's cheese before, but never tried any.

Well anyway it seems pretty unanimous that it's probably one of those two! Thanks smile

LittleMiss77 Sun 12-Jul-15 07:57:59

Halloumi or Saganaki (Greek version of Halloumi)

SirNiallDementia Sun 12-Jul-15 08:28:10

Halloumi, it's made from sheep milk so that's probably why you didn't react.

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