BAAAACK AT PACIFIC BEACH
Nicolau Farms is back at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market with their farmstead fresh chevre. If you’ve been missing their soft and creamy, tangy, tasty goat cheese lately, you’re not alone. Their small herd of goats doesn’t make much milk in the winter, so the cheese has been scarce, but with the warmer weather it’s back!
For a winning breakfast, spread a generous spoonful of classic chevre over a thick slice of French toast made with Belen Bakery bread and pastured eggs from Paradise Valley Ranch. Top with early-season sliced strawberries from JR Organics or Kawano farms and a drizzle of local honey from Mikolich. Need an easy appetizer that’s also delicious? Toss a handful of pitted black olives from Lisko Imports and a hunk of spicy red pepper chevre into a food processor, pulse a couple times and serve up a creamy take on tapenade. If it’s a great salad you’re craving, mix goat cheese with roasted beets and arrugula from Suzie’s Farm, and make a blood orange vinaigrette with with citrus from Gilbert Qintos or Rancho Mexico Lindo and extra virgin oil from the California Olive Oil Company.
Nicolau Farms also has wonderful sun-dried tomato and goat cheese ravioli, which would be perfect with a spinach pesto made with Maciel Farm’s spinach. If you saved room for dessert, try a slice of Nicolau’s famous goat cheese cake topped with a smear of date jam from Morocco Gold, or one of the delicious goat cheese based Viva Pops that you’ll find at the market. Missing out on any of these goat cheese treats would be a baaad idea!