We can quite confidently date the start of cheesemaking in Canada from the first introduction of cattle by Samuel de Champlain at Québec in either 1608 or 1610. As more settlers arrived, the number of cattle increased. In fact, our Canadienne breed is thought to be descended from cattle brought by settlers from Normandy and Brittany in 1660.
By that time, cheesemaking was already established. French settlers made ripened cheeses according to recipes they had brought with them. In 1630, records suggest, Acadians supplied cheese for the returning French fleet.
As for the cheese smuggling, it can be big business. A pizza store owner in Niagara Falls Canada was interviewed on the radio and he said that he was approached by the smugglers and was asked if he wanted to buy their cheese at half price. He said "first I must try it", so he did and as he found it to be inferior he declined to buy it. He also said that he spends $100,000 a year on cheese for his pizzas and it would have saved him $50,000. Big bucks for a smaller sized business.
Look how far we have come with cheese...
(09-30-2012, 05:48 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote: Here's an interesting recipe, which I would probably enjoy because the fishy taste would be subdued somethat, I'm guessing.
Ooo, that sounds delicious!
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