Like the majority of Brits, I'm a true lover of cheese............in all its many disguises, hard for grating, creamy for spreading, and every tasty morsel in between. Perhaps this is the reason for those few extra pounds which refuse to budge. What the heck, life must include some culinary pleasures..........mine is definitely cheese.
Growing up, one of my fondest memories is of my father coming home late in the evening from his work and having his 'cheese and biscuits' before bed. Doesn't sound too healthy scoffing back a big chunk of mature Cheddar, several heavily buttered Jacob's Cream Crackers, with a generous spoonful of tasty Branston Pickle chutney on the side, at 11PM..............and then turning in for the night! But that's what he loved and I must have his cheese gene.
These have to be two of my favorites. Stilton, made only in the northern counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and a matured Cheddar from my own area down south, the West Country. Thankfully, good old COSTCO is also into quality cheeses. They must have sent someone shopping across the pond just for me.............because these gorgeous cheeses were waiting at my local store just in time for the holidays!
Yes, even my Dad would have approved. Bring out the crackers and chutney, time to indulge in England's best.
Do you have a favorite cheese?