Gouda, or "How-da" as the locals say, is a Dutch cheese named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands. If truth be told, it is one of the most popular cheeses in the world, accounting for 50 to 60 percent of the world's cheese consumption. It is a semi-hard cheese celebrated for its rich, unique flavour and smooth texture. The original cheese markets in Gouda is one of the last standing commercial cheese markets in the Netherlands. Since the name is not protected, it has become a generic classification for all cheeses produced and sold under the name Gouda.
Gouda is typically made from pasteurised cow’s milk although some artisan varieties use sheep’s or goat’s milk to produce cheeses that are going to be aged for a long time. Boerenkaas is a typical variety of unpasteurised Gouda cheese produced by the farmers from milk of cow's grazing on the natural, low pastures of Netherlands. There are seven different types of Gouda cheese, categorized depending on age. Graskaas is young Gouda ready to be consumed within weeks of production. On the other hand, is the extra aged, Overjarig cheese which has a full-flavoured, hard, golden interior and salty flavour reminiscent of a toffee. Between the spectrums is a variety of Dutch Gouda’s classified as per the texture and age - Jong, Jong belegen, Belegen, Extra belegen, and Oud. Each cheese gets increasingly firmer in texture and richer in flavour than earlier classification. The waxed rind of the cheese also changes by the age as soft, younger Dutch Gouda cheese are identified by yellow, orange, or red wax rinds white mature cheese have black wax coverings.
In America, smoother and less flavourful commercial Gouda is popular than Dutch Gouda. Artisans in Netherlands may produce Dutch Gouda using raw milk as well as pasteurised. To enhance the flavour of the cheese, herbs, seasonings, and nuts may be blended. In Netherlands, aged Gouda is commonly used to richen soups, sauces.
Young Goudas are best paired with beer while medium cheeses taste best when paired with a fruity Riesling or Chenin Blanc. A well aged Gouda complements wines that are deeply flavoured such as a rich Merlot or Shiraz. Gouda cheese may be grated, sliced, cubed or melted. It may be used as a table cheese or dessert cheese.
Made from pasteurized or unpasteurized cow's, goat's or sheep's milk
Region: South Holland, Gouda
Type: semi-hard, artisan, brined, processed
Texture: compact, crumbly, dense and springy
Flavour: creamy, full-flavored, nutty, sweet
Food in Westbourne Blog.
What kind of restaurant are you looking for in the Westbourne area? Renoufs Cheese and Wine Restaurant in Westbourne, Bournemouth, is a new stylish Wine Bar. In Westbourne there are few restaurants that sell Cheese and Wine. Piggies is based on Poole road and offers sandwiches and cake. Opposite also in Poole Road, Westbourne is Geneve. They sell burgers and coffee but is not an American Diner. Pizza Pino in Westbourne also sell take away burgers, chicken, kebabs and pizza. I'm not sure if it's a restaurant. The Porterhouse is a popular bar in Westbourne and sells Ringwood Ales. Further down the road, there are pizza eateries, starting with Pizza Express and opposite is Fratelli La Bufala. They offer pizza and other Italian dishes. Renoufs restaurant is a little further into Westbourne. Next door to the Italian Restaurant is Starbucks coffee house. They don't sell Hot Dogs. Next on the high street is a Greek tavern restaurant, shortly followed by Subway. They sell sandwiches. Next to that is a patisserie which offers take away or eat in cakes. There is a small café further down Poole road that sell Mexican and Turkish food. This Is also a takeaway. Cusina is a little further down on the left. They offer Coffee and cold food. Next to them is another patisserie called Le Petite Prince.
The coffee club café sit on the corner of poole road and the rock restaurant is opposite. I don't know if they sell burgers or hotdogs like Renoufs.
The village bistro is at the end of the high street and opposite the Westbourne Pub.
Coming back to Seymour Road, there are more restaurants and takeaways. Indis, is an indian restaurant and it is opposite Chez Fred, the very popular fish and chip shop.
Zoukinis is a greek restaurant I think which is opposite the Tea Rooms. Fresco Juice bar and café is a little further along. You also have Westbourne Tandoori. Eau de Vie is next to the Hogs Head Pub. Café Rouge and Costa Coffee complete the circuit of Westbourne.
Renoufs is the newest cocktail bar and hot dog eatery in Westbourne, Bournemouth.