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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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This has been an exciting week, I had a brilliant evening drinking a pint (several) with my old primary school friend! It was wonderful to catch up with someone who only knew me as a child… We were discussing that as we are getting older we find that our mothers turned out to have great knowledge… (we both know eachothers mothers well, as family and friends was what life in primary school sort revolved around)

One of these things is the importance of having a good relation with your butcher!

Ask any teenager or student and they will look at you as if you are daft woman. But to be honest it really is true that I will miss my good Butcher in Knightsbridge.

Mr. O’Shea‘s quality, service and general pride and banter is unsurpassable!
We discuss the best cuts of meat, the way to prepare and different recipes for sausages and he really goes out of his way to help. (sometimes allowing me to pay the next day if I come up short in cash)
Super market meats are double the price and never have the same bang for your buck. And to be honest, I prefer to eat something that was minced, sliced and loved by a professional.

So I fear I will miss the dear man, as his roasts have always been loved by the people I shared them with…
Hope I will find something similar in Boston or Cambridge, anyone?

Hmmm it will probably take another good few months or even years to build up another good relationship.

Thanks mum! You were right…

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