There are the best quality walnut halves around, there are none finer. They are clean, fresh and unbroken – a world apart from the usual inferior offerings.
Walnuts and cheese go together so well – it is uncanny – here is a quick recipe for:
6-8 ripe Conference pears or similar, peeled
150-160g (about 60-70 pieces) good quality walnut halves
2tbsp extra-virgin rapeseed oil or olive oil
2tsp sea salt
250g Blue Monday, broken into rough 1cm chunks
6-8tbsp good-quality clear honey
A handful of tiny salad leaves
Place the walnuts on a small baking tray and toss them in the oil and salt.
Cook them under a medium grill for 3-4 minutes, turning them every so often until crisp.
Slice the pears in half lengthways and cut out the core with the point of a sharp knife.
Slice the pears into roughly 1/3cm-thick slices and arrange on plates with the leaves, then scatter the walnuts and cheese over.
Spoon over the honey and serve immediately.
This is a French farmhouse cheese, Banon comes uncooked and un pressed with a soft, fine, pale yellow centre. This is imported from Provence and made by the expert Jacques Hennart.
After an affinage of about two weeks the cheese is dipped in eau-de-vie, wrapped in chestnut leaves and tied with raffia. The leaves keep the young, slightly acidic cheese moist and impart a fresh vegetable flavour with a hint of wine.
This is a delightful cheese with a soft creamy texture, a slight tang, and a mild aroma of chestnut leaves.
Banon is quite mild in taste, soft and smooth. The cheese takes on the aroma and the colour from the chestnut leaf and gives the taste earthy tones.
This cheese is so perfect – it is the kind of cheese that can bring tears to your eyes. The exquisite soft centre is unlike anything else out there on the market today.
Their is only one way to eat Mont d’Or – and that is heated in the oven until the cheese becomes runny (usually no more than 15 minutes). This of course makes a superb starter and talking point. Here’s a great recipe!
This is the French and unpasteurised version of Vacherin Mont d’Or which is made just over the border in Switzerland. It is indescribably creamy and gorgeous with the unmistakable aroma of alpine milk.
Where’s it from?
This AOC Mont D’Or is affineured and distributed by Charles Hennart. Mont d’Or comes in an attractive wooden box.
Like the Marks and Spencers advert says, this is not just any Parmesan Cheese Holder – this is from the Alessi collection.
It truly is a remarkable item – it comes with a stainless steel with a mirror polished finish.
You will be proud to put this on your dinner table for any tasty pasta dinner, pizza or salad. You’ll be able to add this modern Italian design classic to your table and hold your parmesan grated cheese! It was designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1978.
Eating Wigmore is the nearest thing to an endorphine inducing substance that we’ve reviewed to date this stuff is sweet and creamy, it oozes high quality and the texture of this ewes milk cheese is incomparable.
Wigmore is made with ewe’s milk cheese with a heavenly soft paste and delicate creamy taste, this mellows perfectly with age.
Wigmore has won multiple Gold Awards at the British Cheese Awards and it is made by cheese legend Anne Wigmore of Village Maid Cheese near Reading, Berks.
In their experimental dairy Anne and her husband produced different types of cheese for projects within the institute and organised tasting panels.
She also visited the then few artisan cheese-makers in the country for consultations and this inspired a passion for artisan cheese. Suitable for vegetarians.
5.5 inch Global cheese knife
This superb looking knife has holes in its blade which allows it to cut through medium firm and firm cheeses without any sticking. The edge of the blade is ground on only one side and it is finely serrated for cutting through cheese rinds.
The prongs on the end of the knife help to pick up slices for serving. The knife also features a finger notch situated between blade and handle which gives the user some safety.
Global knives are manufactured by Yoshikin in Niigata, Japan. They were designed in 1985 by Komin Yamada. When Komin Yamada was commissioned for the job his mandate was to develop a range of knives that was truly new and revolutionary, using the best materials available and the latest manufacturing techniques. Made in Japan, Lifetime Warranty.
One thing that many people do not know is that Global knives have a hollow handle which is then filled with just the right amount of sand to create the perfect balance.
History Of Stilton Cheese
Blue Stilton cheese has well over three hundred years of tradition flowing through its veins. The cheese has a PDO – Protected Designation of Origin – status (awarded in 1996) which means the king of cheeses can only be made in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire or Derbyshire.
Cropwell Bishop Creamery
Cropwell Bishop Creamery is independently owned company in the Vale of Belvoir near the Nottinghamshire / Leicestershire border in England.
The Creamery is sewn into the fabric village life. Many employees live locally and there are several members of staff who have been with the Creamery for over 25 years.
All cheeses are still made using traditional methods. Each year Cropwell Bishop Blue Stilton, Organic Blue Stilton and Blue Shropshire cheeses bring home many top prizes.
Cropwell Bishop Stilton
This is simply the best Stilton in the world – No exceptions!”
This has a wonderfully creamy Stilton that is beautifully presented which makes it one of the best presents available to any lover of good cheese.
This cheese comes as 500g and is suitable for vegetarians.
We have a great selection of books about cheese.
There is no other comprehensive list of books around!
This is another top gift of cheese for the true cheese connoisseur: you get three irresistible accompaniments and four mini knives matched with a benchmark Pigalle café red – all served slightly chilled it leaps out of the glass.
This comes packaged in a stylish graphite gift box which is lined in black shred together with a quotation postcard and your message handwritten on a mini whisk tag.
Lesc Rouge Vins de Pays du Gers
Lime & Chilli Puree
Mini Cheese Knives – Set of 4
‘Cheese’ Quotation Postcard
Handwritten Mini Whisk Gift Tag
Cheese nibbles – these guaranteed to satisfy those cheese lovers! A selection of luxury cheese biscuits containing mature cheddar, honey and mustard, pesto and parmesan.
The team at Edinburgh Preserves hold a Gold Medal in the Great Taste Awards which is one of the best accolade any food can achieve.
Established since 1995, Edinburgh Preserves was set up with a philosophy for making country kitchen style preserves using only the best ingredients.
Due to a sharp rise in popularity they have since developed many new recipes to add to the range and now boast a substantial award winning list of Preserves, Chutneys, Pickles, Mustards, Sauces, Jellies, Marmalades, Honeys, Dessert Sauces and Curds.
Their ethos is to make these using only the best ingredients and cooking in small batches to maintain the taste of the ingredients and quality of the product.