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Neither here nor there…

Hullo there Cheese Boy...

Upon arrival in the UK I had expected British Cheese to be tasteless and plastic, like all of the cheddar I had eaten in the past…
But after some further research and several stays in the country, I learnt about a whole new revival of hand-made British cheeses…

Neal’s Yard Dairy plays an enormous role in this discovery.

After a lengthy day of office boredom I often visit the ‘Cheese Boys’ at Neal’s Yard to cheer me up and lose myself in the full palet of tastes and smells…

I guess there is nothing that allows you to learn about local culture than local cheeses.
If made well you can almost taste the difference of the grass the local cows ate… You can almost imagine how sunny that summer must have been… or how humid the autumn.

And the best thing: Within some minutes of tasting you can work your way around the country.

Get 'em lads...

Ranging from the famous Lincolnshire Poacher to the bright orange Sparkenhoe Red Leicester, every area has its own distinct taste.  (please note that Gloucester is best rolled down the hill…)

Off course in Holland there are also some brilliant cheeses, like ‘Boeren Gaten Kaas’ or ‘Dutch Hard Goats Cheese’. Most foreigners only know of Gouda and Edam, but they are hardly interesting. Gouda and Edam are mostly of ghastly quality around the world, while only reaching an ‘OK’ level in Holland itself. The only local cheese in the Netherlands I can imagine would be ‘Leidsche Kaas’, with cloves in it…

So next time you go to get some cheese, do it properly and try some local cheese. But better still, try several…

The Big Cheeeeeese... Stichelton.

For instance Colston Bassett is still a well-known place for its blue Stilton barrels. But just try another and taste the difference. Stichelton especially, from the  same area and also blue, but as this cheese is made with unpasteurised milk it can not be called Stilton…

So whether it is hard or soft, yellow, red or blue, cow or goat… come along and have a trip on your tongue…

(can’t wait to find some locals in the States, I hear there are some great dairies in Maine?!)

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