For me, nothing beats a Dairylea roll in the morning. I can go through a tube of Primula in a lunch break. I’ve even been known to lick the lid of a tub of Seriously Strong spread, like as if it was a yoghurt. Listen, I like a slab of artisan cheddar as much as the next ‘foodie’, but I just cannot resist a bit of spready cheese. And my favourite is Laughing Cow.
La Vache Qui Rit got me through some dark times when I lived in France: in my opinion nothing brings out the flavour of a chunk of fresh, crisp, baguette more than a wee cheese triangle. Picnic essential. Not even food snob James will argue with me on that one.
That said, you can imagine the unadulterated joy on my face when their PR company got in touch and asked if I’d like to
stuff my face with sample their new ‘light’ Emmental flavour.
At first I was a wee bit sceptical. I like strong flavours, and to me Emmental doesn’t taste of much. In fact, I kind of thought Laughing Cow was Emmental flavour already. Still, I decided to settle down in front of Game of Thrones, pop some triangles on a plate, and have a wee nibble.
I was surprised by how good they were. Kind of sweet, kind of nutty, basically very Emmental-ly. Which is good if you like Emmental. However, the PR dudes also sent some blue cheese light triangles: now these totally stole the show. If they sell them in Spain, I’ll be sticking a box or two in my trolley next time we go shopping. They had a very distinct blue cheese flavour, but were mild enough that my very fussy mother actually liked them too. These could easily be a gateway cheese into the harder stuff like Stilton and Roquefort.
My pal Emma is already a convert, and she likes to chop them up and pop them on a salad. That’s when she’s not eating them straight out of the foil and cutting her tongue open, anyway.
Each triangle is 25 calories, which is pretty good. If you eat three triangles at a time like me, then it’s probably not.
Because Laughing Cow were so generous with their samples, I also gave my mum a box of each to take in to her work and share with The Girls. Her pals love their scran, so most of them are on diets all the time. Here’s what they thought of these lovely light cheeses:
Laughing Cow Light Emmental
All liked this and some said it was much tastier than the ordinary stuff. They started imagining that it would be nice on a croissant with smoked ham. Those with a discerning pallet thought it tasted subtle and a little nutty (just like the real stuff, apparently!)
Laughing Cow Light Blue
Good reaction to this as well. It was agreed that it was more like an essence of blue cheese but would be nice to spread on a roll or oatcake – like fondue without having to melt the cheese They also said that they would try to melt this in to soup or mashed potato.
I wanted to try doing a wee recipe with them to show you guys, but sadly they arrived the day before I left Edinburgh. Although I did just find this awesome Pinterest board with loads of Laughing Cow recipes, so if you’re desperate to find something to do with your cheesy triangles (other than eating them neat) have a gander. Blueberry chicken salad with cheesy herb dressing? Count me in!