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remember remember the cheese of november

Back in November, Other Paul and Emilie hosted a Guy Fawkes themed Cheese Club

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It was all inspired by this ditty

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,

The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,

I see no reason

Why the Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent

To blow up the King and Parli'ment.

Three-score barrels of powder below

To prove old England's overthrow;

By God's providence he was catch'd (or by God's mercy*)

With a dark lantern and burning match.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring. (Holla*)

Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

And what should we do with him? Burn him!

A penny loaf to feed the Pope

A farthing o' cheese to choke him.

Apint of (Fentimans ginger) beer to rinse it down.

A fagot of sticks to burn him.

Burn him in a tub of tar.

Burn him like a blazing star.

Burn his body from his head.

Then we'll say ol' Pope is dead.

Hip hip hoorah!

Hip hip hoorah hoorah!

Okay, so it's now December, there was more than a farthing's worth of cheese, the beer was Fentimans' finest and no fagot sticks or tubs of tar were involved.

But it was still an explosive contest of cheesy conspirators worth reporting.

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The tenuously linked cheesy contenders were:

A smoked Wensleydale from Yorkshire - Because Guy Fawkes was born in York on 13th April 1570

An aged Machego from La Mancha region of Spain - Fawkes spent ten years fighting for the Spanish Catholic cause as a soldier where he gained considerable expertise with explosives...

A Maastdam from Holland - Mr. Fawkes also spent quite a lot of his time fighting with the Spanish against the Dutch Revolt.

An English Camembert - Representing the King and all the English aristocracy that Guy and his Gunpowder Plot pals tried to blow up

A Gorgozola Picante - Ever so slightly spiced and thus a little bit fiery. Bonfire Night in a cheese basically.


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Controversially yet historically accurate, it was the camembert that came out tops.

It joins the other winners in the Cheese Off 2009 which takes place next week.

We'll let you know which cheese reigns victorious right here.

blind cheese

The theme for today's Cheese Club was Cheese dans le Noir.

Members were blindfolded with paper towels

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Then served a variety of cheese

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Asked to savour, deliberate and not slobber

Cheese please

Challenged to eat salad, serve chutney and select crackers (without getting any down their jumpers)

Oh the power

And provide Tom no end of amusement as he served them bits of butter instead of cheese.

Of all the cheeses served, the winning cheese was Montgomery's Cheddar and ne'er a more fun lunchtime was had in these fair grassy halls, than with a few lumps of cheese, some cherry tomatoes and a big fat wodge of blue toilet roll.

cheese club and bronte

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Our Bronte (standing, far right) popped around yesterday to help us enjoy a Scandinavian themed cheese club. She's a bit of an expert on all things Scandinavian, being from Denmark herself, and also starting her very own Scandinavian Kitchen last year.

You can read all about yesterday's Scandinavian cheese club and the cheeses Bronte brought along for us on her own blog here.

cheese off

We had our annual Cheese Off just before Christmas and it's only now we've recovered sufficiently to talk about it.

The Cheese Off is where the innocent Cheese Club all get together and taste the winning cheeses from the previous year.

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1 room, 10 cheeses, 40 judges and a whole lot of wine. Think 12 Angry Men but with fairylights and chutney.

There were lots of strong contenders but it was the Epoisses that finally triumphed as the outright champion for 2007 on the night. So ripe for the fight was Napoleon's favourite cheese, that we had to serve it with a spoon.

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Will J described it as tasting 'like a ghost train at the fair. Scary but sleazy.' His other cheese tasting notes included 'car crash cheese', 'light jazz brown' and 'similar to an autumn walk with deer.' Clearly a man who knows his cheese.

Rachel and Gurdeep now take on the reign of Cheese Queen and King for 2008. Unfortunately, Gurdeep was already on royal duties when this photograph was taken.

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Big thanks to the lovely Ruth and Oliver at the Fine Cheese Company, Sara and Rhuraidh at Paxton and Whitfield, Deanna at Inverawe and La Fromagerie for supplying the cheese and to Kelly's dad for making sure we had oatcakes a plenty.

bonny cheese

Each month, we have Cheese Club, where we eat lots of cheese, vote on our favourites and then put them head to head in the Cheese Off in December. It's a bit like Pop Idol; just with cheese and minus all that blubbing.

This month's theme was Cheeses of Scotland, hosted by two of our favourite Scots, Kelly and Andrew D.

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Pride of Scotland

As well as thistles, Proclaimers songs and the odd photo of Lorraine Kelly, there were authentic Scottish hats...

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See-you-Jimmy hat fight

Some serious cheese lovers...

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Go ben i thee skullery n git mi thi pickle (please can I have some chutney?)

And some excellent cheese.

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The winning cheese was Inverawe Smoked Cheddar. It's the orange one, incase you were wondering.

Hats off to the McKerrow clan (a.k.a Kelly's mum and dad, Anne and David) for sending us the thistles and some of Scotland's finest oatcakes and shortbread.

We only have one more Cheese Club to go before the Grand Cheese Off 2007; watch this space.