While in Vancouver, BC, Mr. Cheesemonger and I had the opportunity to go sailing in the English Bay. The only other boating experience I’d had was on a catamaran in Hawaii, where I was seasick for most of the 7-hour excursion. Fearing a reprise of that traumatizing experience, I was fearing the worst as we planned this next outing with a couple of friends, the boat owners.
Luckily, I was overreacting, because I didn’t get sick at all during the 3 1/2 hour trip out to the idyllic Bowen Island. It was so much fun, I can’t wait until next time! Since I have no sailing experience, my main tasks were: 1) trying not to get sick (success!), and 2) choosing the playlist (success!).
We docked a bit before 9pm, which was way beyond my dinner time. Since the group was “roughing it,” we feasted on barbecued fresh BC prawns and scallops, an improvised tomato salad, and white rice. I will admit, I never had a bad seafood experience while in BC! It was excellent!
Dessert was, of course, a cheese plate. I had carefully set our cheeses aside as we prepared dinner, so they would have time to warm up to room temperature. On the plate was a Canadian goat cheese called Florette or Fleurette, which, from what I could gather, is a soft-ripened goat cheese from Canada, under 3 inches in diameter. I didn’t think to keep the cheese label. My crazed cheese instinct took over, and the only thing I knew was that I needed to eat it. The cheese is such a mystery, I think I need to drop Benton Brothers a line to find out more about it. Its flavor strongly resembles that of Rocamadour, my favorite cheese, although this was a young round, and so the mouthfeel was a little on the gummy side (as opposed to the oozy side).
Also on the cheese plate was the delicate Blossom’s Blue and Avonlea clothbound cheddar, served up with some cracked pepper 34 Degrees crisp breads.
That just goes to show you, you can dress cheese up or down however you want! Not only that, eating cheese on a sailboat with friends is a fantastic way to close the day.