Monday, 13 September 2021
Sunday, 12 September 2021
This is one of the yummiest blue cheeses I've tried so far! Made in my home county of Lancashire by Butler's, it's an amazingly flavourful blue cheese, which comes in several formats: a ready to eat wedge, slices for burgers, a creamy brûlée, and pots of cheese shots (which I used to make cauliflower cheese with). You can even buy an age-your-own version, so you can keep it as long (or as short) as you like, depending on the level of flavour you want from it and how strong your willpower is!
What I really enjoy about Butler's Blacksticks Blue cheese is the creaminess of it, yet the texture isn't wet or sticky like some of the continental blue cheeses I've tried. It goes so well with savoury crackers, but also melts on toast, and as for that cauliflower cheese, that's another post all by itself!
Sunday, 31 January 2021
|Dewlay Garstang Blue cheese, image from www.dewlay.com|
I'm funny about blue cheeses, some of them I can't eat, others are fine. However, this one, Garstang Blue by Dewlay Cheeses in Lancashire is the best I've tried so far. It's wonderfully creamy and tasty, slightly tart but not too much so, with a delicious aroma that makes my mouth water just unwrapping it.
It's a cheese that I enjoyed eating on its own, but that also worked well on Booth's sub rolls with a slice of Booth's smoked German ham, as the combination of flavours was delightful. It also works well as a cheese to flavour a white sauce with - cauliflower cheese with Garstang Blue sauce sounds yummy!
Dewlay Cheesemakers of Garstang are based just outside Garstang in central Lancashire, and have been making cheeses since 1957. Along with Garstang Blue, the range includes Lancashire and Wensleydale, smoked cheese, Garstang White and Nicky Nook blue, as well as flavoured cheeses such as Double Gloucester with chive and onion, Lancashire with chili, chives or garlic, and Wensleydale with cranberries.
In addition to their cheese range, Dewlay also offers (via their webshop) cheese selection and gift boxes, hampers, and their amazing cheese cakes - perfect for a wedding feast or other celebration!
|Dewlay webshop hampers, gift boxes and cheese cakes, image from www.dewlay.com|
Friday, 29 January 2021
As a lifelong lover of cheese in all its types, one of my big worries about Brexit has been a possible reduction in the range of cheeses available in the UK. I might be worrying prematurely, so I thought it was time to explore some more of our wonderful British cheeses, starting with Snowdonia's Beechwood naturally smoked mature cheddar. I found this on sale in Booth's supermarket so had to try it and I have to say it's delicious!
The Snowdonia Cheese Company was formed in 2001, and is based in Llanrwst on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, hence the name. Their range currently includes 12 cheeses and 4 chutneys, which can be purchased individually or in gift packs from their webshop. They also have a page of recipes using their cheeses which is worth checking out - the Smoky Beechwood Fishcakes sound very tempting.