[Sca-cooks] Caciocavallo - Saddlebag cheese!
lordhunt at gmail.com
Sun May 20 13:57:23 PDT 2012
Elise Fleming wrote: " I am confused. Are you saying that Washington
Irving specifically carried this Italian cheese in his saddlebags? Or is
there just a mention somewhere of him carrying some type of cheese (for
his lunch?) on his horse? Was this caciocavallo cheese imported into
Spain in the mid-1400s? Would it have survived the trip? Weren't there
any Spanish cheeses that Henry IV would have taken on horseback? I'm
missing something here. Taking cheese along on horseback, wrapped up in
one's saddlebags, would seem to be fairly commonplace for a traveler.
But does that mean that it would have to be caciocavallo from Italy?
Alys K. "
The recipe for Caciocavallo cheese could have been imported to the
Iberian Peninsula. I don't think the cheese itself was. An example of
possible cheese recipe exchanges this is blue cheese. The French say
their pilgrims took the recipe to Cabrales, in Picos de Europe on the
Way of St. James, while the Spaniards maintain that the French took
their recipe to Roquefort.
Henry IV liked cheeses. Certainly there were plenty of Spanish cheeses
but with the expansion of his uncle's Kingdom of Aragon into Italy, we
have more international exchanges of foods and recipes from Catalonia to
Italy and visa versa as seen in Nola particularly. The fact that he does
call for this and other Italian cheeses makes one think that they were
available in Catalonia at least.
Perhaps neither Henru IV nor Washington Irving were not curing cheese
but they certainly had cheese in their saddlebags!
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