Toons Bridge Dairy
Toons Bridge Dairy make a cheese called Cacio Occhiato. Show it to a younger person and they will immediately say: “Mouse Cheese”, due to the large number of “eyes” which adorn the paste. It’s the classic Tom’n’Jerry cheese.
To us, however, Occhiato should be known as “Lace Cheese” for its filigree fineness, amidst the profusion of eyes, evokes a delicacy that seems as ethereal as lace.The cheese is hand-stretched and this, along with propionic bacteria which act to create the “eyes” as the cheese matures hanging in a warm room, gives it the smooth texture. The flavours are nutty and buttery, and it is the most perfect cheese for breakfast, served with bread, cured meats and good coffee.
The Occhiato is one of a quartet of newer cheese from Toons Bridge, the others being a sheep’s milk pecorino, the classic cacio cavallo, and a smoked scamorza. These four join the well-known buffalo mozzarella, the buffalo ricotta and a halloumi, and you will find them all on the Real Olive Co. market stalls and in particular at the base ion Cork’s English Market, where the company’s entire array of cured meats, oils, olives, pickles, tinned fish and salads offer a kaleidoscope of all that is good. But do hunt down that Occhiato, for it’s a statement of the cheesemaker’s art at it’s finest, an ethereal confection from beautiful milk.
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