All posts tagged: cheese

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 …

Foodie Finds: Nov 2016

Recently I’ve been so busy with work and social life (a LOT of fabulous hen do’s and weddings, it’s a hard life!) that I simply haven’t had as much time as I used to for the blog, with regards to product reviews. So I’ve decided to start a regular round-up of things I’ve tried recently which I’ve really enjoyed, whether that’s out and about or at home. Here’s a few things I’ve tried and loved over in the past few months… Miss Millar’s Marshmallows These lovingly handcrafted marshmallows are packed full of flavour and they’re FAT FREE! – made by two single mums, Fay and Adele, who quit the rat-race to pay the bills and took up more fulfilling jobs in the baking world. There are now 14 standard flavours available, including a Christmas range (spiced apple, dark chocolate and cranberry, and mulled wine). These marshmallows are also suitable for coeliacs. I tried a range of flavours, although I think my fave was the lemon meringue! Folkington’s Garden sparkling drinks Elderflower pressé: Made from wild …

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 …

Dinner at Inn The Park, St James’s Park

There are some stunning parks in London, but one that I seem to forget about is St James’s. Tucked in between Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, it’s actually a real beauty, as I discovered when I went for dinner at Inn The Park with Sophie recently. The name is quite self explanatory – it’s a wooden, almost chalet-style building located right in the middle of the park. We were seated outside overlooking the park and lake (and plenty of joggers, but we turned a blind eye to them as we knocked back the wine!!) and it was certainly a lovely spot. The menu at Inn The Park is separated into small plates, main courses and desserts. We weren’t completely sure how big the small plates would be (there was a special offer to share three between two people) but we decided to go for one each. When they arrived, I’d say they were big enough for a starter portion, especially sitting outside on a warm summer day, you don’t need anything heavy. Sophie ordered the Suffolk …

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 …

Cooking With Cheese Cookbook

Last weekend I fuelled my cheese obsession even further with a new cookbook – ‘Cooking With Cheese,’ published by Ryland Peters and Small. It’s just cheesy heaven, with over 80 recipes, and it’s beautifully put together. When looking at what to cook for this post, I eventually decided on Creamy Orzo Pasta Bake, with Comté Cheese and Courgette and it was DELICIOUS (even if it had about a 1,000 calories in it – it was totally worth it!) And it’s actually incredibly easy to do. Ingredients 250g orzo 400ml crème fraiche 1 courgette, roughly grated A large handful of freshly chopped flat leaf parsley leaves Grated zest of half a lemon 50g grated hard cheese – I used 18 month Comté Method Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Cook the orzo according to the package instructions, drain well and transfer to a mixing bowl. Pour in the crème fraiche and add the courgette, parsley and lemon zest. Mix well until thoroughly combined. Season well and transfer to the prepared baking dish. Spread evenly and sprinkle over the cheese.  Bake …