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West Country Cheese Co – Cheese & Christmas Cake

You might have seen a few posts on the blog and on my social  channels about the West Country Cheese Company – they supplied our amazing wedding cheese cake and I also receive a monthly cheese box from (the highlight of my month, for sure!) For Christmas I was getting excited about which cheeses to order for Christmas (once again, a highlight of my Christmas planning) and then I saw the new Christmas cheese cakes by West Country Cheese Co. I mean, LOOK HOW PRETTY?! There was one in particular that I had my eye on – the Christmas Cake with Stilton. And here’s what this beautiful creation consisted of… Creamy Wensleydale approx 1.4kg – Real Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese – creamy, crumbly and full of flavour. Lovingly hand-crafted in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales Rich Fruit Cake, 800g – Rich, sumptuous fruit filled fruit cake, soaked in brandy for a deliciously rich, moist fruit cake Colston Bassett Stilton, 1kg – One of Britans best known cheeses is Stilton, Colston Bassett is one of the …

Learning about Feta with Odysea and Roussas Dairy

There’s nothing I love more than an invitation to an event related to cheese. And even more so if it’s about my beloved feta! Feta is a cheese which I’ve grown up with – in Cyprus I always preferred it to halloumi. It was also the cause of many a family row when eating at a local taverna – cubes of it would be scattered on top of the Greek salad at the start of a meal, and there would inevitably always be a fight for the last piece! I was recently invited to a feta tasting at The Greek Larder in King’s Cross, a restaurant I’ve been meaning to visit ever since it opened but frustratingly never got round to it. It’s a 10 minute walk from Kings Cross, in the very cool and completely revamped area north of the station, with large glass windows surrounding it in-keeping with the area. But inside you feel very much like you’re in a traditional Greek restaurant, with local produce adorning the shelves and displays. I was …

New artisan cheese range from Aldi

For regular readers of this blog, you’ll know how obsessed with cheese I am. I’m always looking to try out new kinds and find new places to make my cheesey purchases! I was particularly excited to hear from Aldi recently – the discount supermarket has extended its range of products with a selection of high quality, British cheeses carefully crafted by artisan producers. And I was even more excited to learn that they would send me a hamper of them to test out for myself. And as you will have seen from the photo at the top of this post, there was A LOT! It was a cheese feast! Selected by Aldi’s expert cheese buyer, the new range is sourced from creameries across the country, who employ traditional cheese making methods that go back centuries and have been refined over decades. From cloth bound mature Cheddar cold-smoked over locally sourced oak chips in Devon and a crumbly Lancashire made using a closely guarded secret culture developed at a family-run farm, to a cave-aged British goats …

West Country Cheese Co: Monthly Cheese Club

There’s a subscription service for everything these days. But I think the best category has to be cheese. I mean, a selection of random cheeses sent straight to your door each month, sounds pretty epic to me! I’d been looking into which company to sign up with, as there are a few offering this service now, when I realised that the wonderful West Country Cheese Co, who we bought our cheese wedding cake from, was doing them. My first box arrived a couple of weeks ago, right before I was going up to Yorkshire to visit my mum. I wasn’t going to risk leaving it in the fridge for a whole weekend with hubby home alone (!) so I took it up with me for my Mum and I to feast on! I couldn’t wait to find out what I’d been sent! The box was well packaged and presented, with three cheeses and crackers, as well as accompanying notes about the cheeses. We sat outside in the sun on evening and tucked into them: Comté …

An ‘Around The World’ Cheeseboard with Davidstow

I’m a cheese fanatic. Any regular readers will know this. Given the choice, I could quite easily live on the stuff. I’ve never encountered a cheese I didn’t like and I’m always on the lookout for new brands and types to try. The latest of these was Davidstow who challenged me to create my dream cheeseboard. Well, where to begin with that, considering my dream cheeseboard would be more of a castle, with different levels and rooms?! I had to control myself (for the sake of both my bank account and waistline!), so I went for an ‘around the world’ theme, featuring the following: UK: Davidstow 3 Year Special Reserve Vintage cheddar France: Camembert Spain: Manchego Italy: Mozzarella Greece: Feta I know most cheese connoisseurs will pair cheeses that complement each other, or are perhaps from the same country. However I like the idea of experiencing a range of flavours and textures, from the thickness of the manchego to the softness of the mozzarella, and the richness of the cheddar to the creaminess of the …

Homemade Halloumi with The Big Cheese Making Kit

As you probably know by now, I’m completely cheese mad. I don’t think there’s been a single cheese I’ve tried in my life so far that I didn’t like!  In Cyprus we had Feta and Halloumi. The latter was often served grilled with tomato and Lountza (a type of dried, smoked pork). Or sometimes watermelon, which was lovely and refreshing in the summer.  The other day I came across a British company called The Big Cheese Making Kit, that sell a number of kits to help you make your own cheese at home. It’s something I’d never really considered doing, as I thought it would be extremely difficult in a standard kitchen. But when I saw the Halloumi kit, I just had to give it a try! I wondered if it would taste like the Halloumi I used to eat at home, and also whether it would really be worth the effort, as opposed to buying it from a shop. The Halloumi kit comes with vegetarian rennet tablets, organic sea salt, organic dried mint, a …

All Things Cheese (and Cider!) At Royal Bath & West Show

Earlier in the week, I wrote about our trip to the Royal Bath & West Show last weekend. We were invited by Barber’s Cheesemakers, a Somerset family business which was established in the early 1800’s. Their farms now comprise of 3000 acres of land with 2000 Holstein Friesian cows. Their flagship product is the 1833 Vintage Reserve, which we ate a LOT of at the Royal Bath & West Show. Only a few of their vats each month are deemed good enough to be matured for 24 months to reach its full potential. And my goodness, it was a delicious and strong cheddar. As Barber’s explain, although the cheese retains a distinctive smooth and creamy background, it often has a slightly crunchy texture. This is the result of the natural development of calcium lactate crystals late in the ageing process.     Upon arriving at the show ground, after a very eventful taxi journey with a driver that I can only describe as being like the mad aunt from Greg Davies’ ‘Man Down’, we were greeted by …