All posts tagged: cheese

Christmas Gifts

It’s less than two weeks to the big day. How are all your Christmas plans going? If you’re in need of ideas I’d like to lend a hand with selecting a few pressies that are sure to create a buzz on December 25th. In Harrogate recently I came across a couple of foodie ideas. The Cheeseboard, on Commercial Street (which is an arcade of independent shops from butchers to chocolate, to cakes and crafts, well worth a visit just off the main shopping area), has an amazing selection of local cheeses. Wensleydale being my favourite to go with the brandy fed Christmas cake. As they say in Yorkshire, ‘A rich fruit cake without Wensleydale cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze’. They also they do hampers by post, but hurry!! Just across the road is a chocolatier, the Harrogate Chocolate Tree, selling the most delicious ‘handmade on the premises’ chocolates. You can buy their boxes, bars or these special domes as Christmas pressies…too too tempting. They have invited me to go back in the …

Katy’s White Lavender Cheese For Lunch

The other day I wrote about accepting that January will never be the cheeriest of months. Even though I do miss the sunshine sometimes, the dark months can bring me calmness and peace, especially when I can light up lots of candles and hunker down and write. Maybe the sun today put a smile on my face and a spring in my step, and I decided a healthy salad would be ideal for a working lunch. I also promised a review of Shepherds Purse Katy’s White Lavender cheese. Katy’s White lavender is a lovely fresh white sheep milk cheese that has been rolled in English lavender to mature. The maturation period allows the lavender to infuse through the cheese. The result is a delicate fragrant taste combining with the meadowy sweetness of the ewe’s milk cheese. So I thought, perfect as an addition to a lunch salad. Simply toss grapes onto peppery rocket leaves, crumble over Katy’s White Lavender cheese, top with toasted flaked almonds and a drizzle of honey and mustard dressing. This combination …