Les Petites Horreurs de Cécile

Les Petites Horreurs de Cécile

Cécile’s Little Horrors. What a fantastic movie or book title this would make.

So far though, it is merely a sign in the window of a cheese store in Bergerac (Périgord), where we bought our tray of Cabécous. Handwritten on a thin circle of wood taken from the bottom of a cheese box, it is here to introduce a selection of extra extra dry — and I do mean extra extra dry — goat cheese (“séchons de chèvre”) of various origins.

A little freak show in its own right, a hodgepodge of brittle cheese flints, in camouflage tints of grey, blue, orange and white. Oh-so-touching in their utter lack of vanity, and the humourous way in which they are presented.

Humor. I like that in a cheese store. I also like that they have enough respect for their products not to throw out perfectly good pieces of goat cheese, just because they’re ugly and extra-dry. Ugly and extra-dry? Sharp and brittle? Some people will love them all the same, and welcome them wholeheartedly into their homes and mouths!

Sure, it’s also a very clever marketing scheme. But I like that in a cheese store too!

Crèmerie Cyrano
12 Marché Couvert
24100 Bergerac
05 53 57 11 47

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  • cheesy chilaquiles

    My favorite example of “cheese store humor” is the existence of a shop in Melbourne, Australia named (much to the consternation of local churchmen), “Oh What a Friend We Have in Cheeses.”

  • Alisa

    But did you buy any? Eat any?

  • Wow, they look like pebbles! I can only imagine the tartness.

  • Margaret

    are those REALLY 22 euros/kilo? That seems like a lot.

  • Robert/Cheesy – Thanks for the giggle, that’s one cheese store owner I’d like to meet!

    Alisa – Nope, we didn’t buy any. I would have just for the fun of it, but neither one of us likes extra-dry goat cheese that much!

    Margaret – Yes, that’s the price. I wondered about it too, but that’s roughly half price compared to “regular” goat cheese purchased at a cheese store. More importantly, the water content here is almost nil, so it’s one kilo of purely dry cheese. That amounts to quite many of these pieces!

  • John Chypre

    would Cyrano de partake of these morsels? He could easily get them past his nose and at times we all get nitty, like before a duel, but I would like to think he’d turn his nose upwards at this.

  • Josephine

    It doesn’t look that horrible to me… :)

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