From Nord Pas de Calais. Its nickname is ‘vieux paunt’  –  ’old stinker’ – which gives you some idea of the aroma. The people of the area put it on bread and dip it in coffee for breakfast.

Square and made of cow’s milk, Maroilles is the most famous cheese from northern France. It’s a lovely golden colour, with a rich, oily, soft texture and meaty, salty, lemony taste.

Another cheese invented by those versatile monks, Maroilles was the favourite of many French kings. Today it appears in all kinds of dishes like eggs en cocotte and the classic Tarte au Maroilles, a doughy cheesey delight.

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