A friend of my wife, visiting us in Barcelona, accidentally asked me “Where should I buy the famous cheese with rosmarinus?”—In fact, she did not literally said “famous,” but I got her speaking that way. We’d been living in Barcelona for almost two years already and it was a bit offensive that I had never heard about “cheese with rosmarinus.”

I went to the Boqueria Mercat and bought some for the guest of Barcelona.

We live near El Putxet, where rosmarinus is growing up in the natural wild thickets. The last time I had a promenade there, I eventually understood I should give a try to producing this “cheese with rosmarinus” at home. Don’t ask; I love crazy ideas and I tend to accomplish any coming to my head.

There are basically two mainstream kinds of this cheese: Cabra al Romero and Romao Cheese. The difference is the former is produced from goat milk and the latter—from cow milk. So I went to a supermarket and bought the one made from the mixed milk, sheep’s included.

Also I bought rosmarinus, estragon and dill, a pergament paper and bags with a zipper. Here I started:

Preparation: Ingredients

Honestly, this cheese was as tasty as the one the human being can buy for money, even better. So I suggest you to write this recipe down and try yourself: it’s easy and it is worth the efforts put into.

Get three sheets of the pergament paper, sprinkle it abundantly with species (more rosmarinus, less estragon, less dill.) If you have the grains of coriander, put them there as well.

Preparation: sprinkling pergament sheets

Place the cheese head in the middle of that spicy lawn.

Preparation: putting the cheese head

Roll the cheese head in the species. It should be covered with as thick layer of dried herbs, as possible.

Preparation: covering the cheese with species

As thick as possible, I have said!

Preparation: more covering

Wrap the cheese with pergament sheets; 7–8 sheets would be enough.

Preparation: wrapping the cheese

Put it into the bag, zip it, and put the pack into another one zipped bag.

Preparation: putting the cheese in the zipped bag

You are all done! Now place the bag to the fridge for one month. To get the cheese “more aged,” one might change the pergament papers past two weeks, they will collect the moisture out of the cheese and become wet; decreasing the humidity in the package will make the cheese tasting more cured.

After one month (6 weeks are even better,) your “famous cheese with rosmarinus” is ready. ¡Que aproveche!

Ready & sliced