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A Foodie Day Out At Royal Bath & West Show

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Royal Bath & West Show by Barber’s Cheesemakers. I’m in my element at events like this – I used to love going to the Yorkshire Show when I lived there as a child. As you probably know by now from previous blog posts, my Dad worked in the meat industry and regularly attended events like this, including the Bath & West Show. In a weird way it felt comforting walking around a show where I knew that at some point, he would have walked too. When I heard the people on the loudspeakers calling out the names of livestock for different attractions and judging, I wondered if he had known and worked with them.  The Royal Bath & West Show was absolutely huge, with lots for me to write about, so I’ll be writing a dedicated blog post about my experience with Barber’s Cheese later this week. But for now, I thought I’d write a post to help set the scene. The show takes place …

Swedish Cookery Class With Västerbottensost Cheese

As you may know, I adore cheese. We even had a tower of cheeses for our wedding cake. So when I was invited to a Scandinavian cookery class using cheese, I jumped at the chance. Because while I love to buy and eat cheese, I usually just have it with bread or crackers – I rarely cook with it. So I was keen to get some ideas for how to use it in the kitchen. The class was led by Brontë Aurell, co-founder of ScandiKitchen along with Agneta Andersson from Västerbottensost Cheese, who had kindly come over from Sweden for the event.     Västerbottensost has a fabulous history behind it. Created by dairy maid Ulrika Eleonora Lindström in 1872 in Burträsk, rumour has it that she was distracted by an attractive dairy hand, taking her eye off the cheese. What might have been a disastrous batch of cheese in fact turned out to be delicious and unique. And so Västerbottensost was born. The cheese has been produced in the same way since then, but the recipe is very much …

Wedding Cheese Cake – The West Country Cheese Company

For our wedding in February, one of the things that took the longest to decide on, was the wedding cake! Neither of us have a particularly sweet tooth, although we do love chocolate. There were a few that we loved the look of, such as the profiterole cake from Patisserie Valerie, but we felt that it was quite expensive for what it was. We saw some absolutely beautiful, more traditional cakes (I adored the hand painted cakes by Nevie Pie), but nothing really seemed to fit with our theme, which was Rustic English Country. We then looked into the idea of a wedding cake of cheeses, as we thought that this would be much more fitting (and I ADORE cheese!) Quite a few companies now do these, but we decided to go with the Rustic Raffia Cake from The West Country Cheese Company. They’re based in Barnstaple (very close to where my mum grew up) so it meant that the cake wouldn’t have to travel too far to Dartmoor. I spoke to a lovely lady …