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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 …

A Fancy Trimmings Hamper from Harvey Nichols

How are you getting on with your Christmas shopping? I think I’m just about there with mine – I’m fortunate to have fellow food-loving friends and family and so it’s always a pleasure thinking of things to buy them. Something that always goes down well is a good food hamper! In the run up to Christmas I love to try out a new hamper, and this year it was my first experience testing out the fabulous ‘Fancy Trimmings’ hamper from Harvey Nichols. It would make such a great Chrimbo pressie and has all the important elements of a very tasty Christmas! As well as the iconic black Harvey Nichols hamper, inside you’ll find (beautifully presented!)… Christmas Pudding 230g Brandy Butter 210g and Cranberry Sauce 200g Bag of Chocolate Coins 80g Milk Chocolate Marc de Champagne Truffles 125g Almond Butter Biscuits 175g Christmas Loose Leaf Tea 125g Prosecco di Valdobbiadene NV Italy 750ml and Mulled Wine Germany 750ml Taxi Christmas Tree Decoration I haven’t tried everything yet as I’m saving most of it for over Christmas, but …

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 …

Cooking Cabrito Goat Meat and ‘Goatober’

Growing up in Cyprus, we were quite literally surrounded by goats – we didn’t eat them (that we knew of!), but we ate cheese produced from their milk on a near daily basis. I was therefore so saddened to learn recently that a huge number of male goats (estimated 40,000 per year) are killed at birth because they are simply not needed. Goats cheese is in such high demand that goats are being bred for the female goats to continue to produce milk. There’s an interesting article about this on Munchies here, if you’d like to read more into this (and I recommend you do). Now a number of companies, such as Cabrito, are encouraging people to eat goat meat and to ensure these billies aren’t dying in vain. I recently tried out goat meat for the first time at Gourmet Goat in Borough Market – an absolute must-try if you’re in the area. It was delicious with a unique and very ‘meaty’ flavour. After this, I was keen to try it out at home, …

Competition: Getting the most out of your herbs with NuCasa

I recently tried out a new Typhoon oil infuser and mezzaluna from NuCasa. I adore cooking with fresh herbs – it completely transforms a dish and I always use fresh herbs whenever possible. In Spring we planted lavender, rosemary and thyme in the garden, and it has been fantastic being able to pop outside and pick some for our cooking adventures. I’d been wanting to try out an oil infuser for some time now – I love flavoured oils and so being able to do the flavouring bit myself sounded like a lot of fun. The infuser from NuCasa is attractive to look at and very lightweight. The bottle and removable infuder section are made from mouth-blown, hand-finished glass, making each one unique! The bung is made from silicone and has a twist open and closed function, to keep the oil as fresh as possible. I filled mine with fresh rosemary, which was perfect for our Sunday roast lamb – I allowed it to infuse overnight and it was lovely! I also tried out a …

A Real Greek Fat Wedding…

Greek food is probably my favourite type of cuisine. It means a lot to me, having grown up in Cyprus, and I try to cook/bake it at home as much as possible. Here are a couple of my previous recipes, Lamb moussaka and Baklava. I’ve previously reviewed The Real Greek, a chain of Greek restaurants around the London area and really enjoyed it – anything for a little taste of home. And I was just sent their brand new cook book! It has been put together with Tonia Buxton, a chef who the team at The Real Greek have been collaborating with in their restaurants for some time now. In an interview on their blog, when asked how the cookbook came together, Tonia said: “we started out on getting the recipes down to a more manageable level for the home (2-4-6 servings). We also asked a few of our key staff to look back into their family recipes that have been passed down generation to generation in their family and share their finding with us/you. There are …

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 …