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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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An average box...

It is Wednesday today.

And one thing I really think I will miss is my vegetable box every week. After getting to terms with the supermarket snobbery here in London, I finally found a solution to Posh Waitrose Pears or Trying Tesco Tomatoes…

An Organic Vegetable Box from Abel and Cole

Once a week for around a tenner, filled with Organic vegetables that are in season and scrumptious. This is the reason I now love British grown veg…  And it has done wonders for my cooking skills (they come with receipes too!). So I now now how to cook Parnsip and Kohlrabi. 🙂

And I shouldnt forget to mention the great fruit and two weekly box of Oranges for pressing. The secret of all my successful crumbles and pies. Additionally it is one of the few places I managed to find decent spelt and rye bread, great
fresh eggs and much more.  It saves me a lot of lugging around.

Indeed Holland and USA I dare you all to come up with something as brilliant as this, ha!

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