Cheese dreams

  • South West Cheese

    South West Cheese!The Wurzels? Liberal Democrats? That accent? There is soooo much more to the West Country than meets the eye or tastebud!. As usual we have taken a good look and found you the very best, delicious cheese from Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. 1. Garlic Yarg Invented by Alan Gray back in the 1980s (the guy who gave It his name – reversed) this great new cheese is now made by Ben and Catherine Mead in West Cornwall at their Lynher Dairies. They collect the milk from their own herds of Fresian, Ayreshire and Jersey cows as well...

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  • A visit to Shepherds Purse....

    Homage2Fromage have been massive fans of Shepherds Purse for years. Their cheese is sublime, and their story is inspiring. They epitomise an approach and a passion that makes artisan, handmade cheese the thriving and wonderful industry that it is.   So, imagine our excitement when we were invited to go up to the creamery and have a look around – and actually see the cheese being made, Well, we didn't need asking twice.   Vickie brought baby Felix along for the ride, and we headed off at about 9am. Felix went to sleep straight away (bored with the cheese-based conversation...

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  • Building the Cheese Periodic Table

    Inventing cheescience  Homage2Fromage was very excited to see this pop up on Facebook. The lovely Dan Akers had pulled of a bit of a culinary coup by creating the Chocolate Periodic Table some time before, but obviously, cheese is our subject of interest, so we had to go along. The Cross Keys was almost empty when we arrived – and we left Dan and his team to finish off upstairs – we know how it can be when you are trying to get ready for an excited cheese crowd... After some rather good pork scratchings and a quick drink downstairs,...

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  • The first Sheffield Homage2Fromage - cheese notes

    The first ever Sheffield Homage2Fromage...   YORKSHIRE CHEESE   About Yorkshire Cheese Historically, Yorkshire was always a honey-pot of delicious and diverse cheeses. In the 19th century around 1000 cheeses were reported on sale at North Yorkshire’s Yarm fair. In 1933 The Milk Marketing Board changed everything with the advent of a national scheme for the collection and distribution of milk, the resulting income negated the need to for cheese making. By the start of the Second World War there were still some 433 farms making cheese - but over the next 20 years the art of cheese-making all but...

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  • News from Andy at The Courtyard Dairy - Settle

    The Courtyard Dairy (Settle) won Best British New Cheese Shop at the British Cheese Awards! And it is also nominated for Yorkshire Food Destination of the year (Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards). To celebrate and to say thanks to all the Homage2Fromage members who’ve supported us we are giving away a free 1/2 Tunworth (which won Supreme Champion Cheese at the same awards!) Homage 2 Fromage members. Just bring along your membership card and spend a minimum of £12 on cheese (offer valid until 31st October). Cheese Update Brilliant new inventions...Cheese that has been created this year Little AnneThanks...

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  • Already getting good reviews - George and Joseph

    The newest cheese shop in Leeds is going great guns - Steve has some rather tasty cheese on offer all the time - possibly the best selection of Yorkshire cheese around, but also some specials that would warrant a trip on their own. I asked Steve to give me the word on the curd, 'We’ve got Alex James’ newly revamped Blue Monday in stock, creamy with a slightly sweet finish and a lovely texture, Tunworth English Camembert – awarded Supreme Champion at the British Cheese Awards (perfect for cold autumn evenings baked in the oven with some crusty bread!)  and I’ll be getting...

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  • Italian cheese - notes etc.

    This time we wanted to ask the experts about Italian cheese so we asked John at Salvos Italian restaurant in Headingley and sought out an Italian cheesemaker direct! The first four are from Salvos 1. Pecorino sardo, also known as fiore sardo, is a firm cheese from the Italian island of Sardinia, made from sheep's milk - specifically from the milk of the local Sardinian breed of sheep. It was awarded Denominazione d'Origine status in 1991 and granted Protected Designation of Origin in 1996. 2. Taleggio has been around since Roman times. It is mentioned by Cicero and Pliny the...

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  • A new hope – great cheese comes to Chapel Allerton

       Brand new cheese shop ‘George and Joseph’ is to open in Chapel Allerton in September. Homage2Fromage regular andcheese fan Stephen Flemming has taken the leap from farmer’s markets and food festivals into the world of standard retail and will be opening his new cheese shop in time for this year’s Chapel Allerton Arts Festival - taking place from Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September 2013. The shop is small, but promises some real treats – including great localcheese, combined with some favourites from all over the world, condiments, chutneys, crackers, breads, and a selection of wines, beers and ciders . We asked Steve why cheese, and...

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  • A trip to Nantwich International Cheese Awards

    Homage2Fromage was very lucky to be invited along to the InternationalCheese Awards this month – by Debbie Stewart. We were able to go to the ‘Press Day’ which meant we would avoid the crowds, see the actual announcement of the awards and get the chance to meet more cheesemakers and producers before the big day. Unable to take Vickie as she had only just had her baby, I asked Steve Flemming of George and Joseph along to keep me company. Steve is busy setting up his own cheese shop in Chapel Allerton so was keen to see a big event up close, and also...

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  • A brief but lovely visit to The Cheese Place in Boston Spa

      In putting together the Scottish themed Homage2Fromage for March, Vickie and I were a little stumped – to be honest we only knew of a couple of good Scottish cheeses - the Black Crowdie was a definite, and Vickie had heard of rather good cheddar. However, we wanted more. Mark, the proprietor of The Cheese Place of Boston Spa had been to a previous event, and had offered his help – so we got in touch. Not only was he able to find us some amazing Bishops Kennedy rind-washed, a creamy, lush Drumloch, but also some Lanark Blue and...

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