Saturday 28 May 2011

Amazing cheeses from Neal's Yard Dairy

If I had to choose only one food to eat for the rest of my life... then I'd probably choose cheese. I love it so much that I find it very difficult to walk past a Neal's Yard Dairy without making any purchases. Since I have just been paid, I went a little wild in there today, buying four of the little blighters:
Cardo - an amazing, semi-soft cheese from Somerset, which is only made at certain times of the year, so you need to try it right now!
The Innes Brick - a smooth, tangy and rather traditional goat's cheese
Berkswell - a pecorino-style cheese from a small family-run farm in the West Midlands
And Mileens- the sort of cheese you'll appreciate if you are a massive cheese lover - like a Stinking Bishop, but an Irish sort, with a bit of a story behind it
One of my dreams has always been to own a goat and make my own goat's cheese. I even briefly considered it on buying my flat, because now I have a garden with room for a goat, potentially. Then someone told me that they eat everything, non-stop (sounds familiar somehow...) and that within a week both mine and my neighbours' gardens would be completely decimated. Then, I heard that you may need two goats to make cheese, because to produce milk, the goat needs to be pregnant, which would make sense, I suppose. Though, does that mean, you always have to have lots of goats (and baby goats) to produce cheese? And lots of land to decimate? It all started to seem quite a bit more complicated than I imagined it would be. I guess it was just one of those totally naive, rose tinted fantasies that all city dwellers have at one point or another, having no idea of what it entails, or what it would actually mean. However, it doesn't take away from the fact that I love cheese with all my heart. And who knows, perhaps one day I'll meet a hot farmer who happens to make goat's cheese and enjoy dancing (specifically in the east end of London, so that I can actually meet him), who falls in love with me and takes me to his farm to passionately make... a little baby goat's cheese with me? Or does this kind of thing never happen in real life?

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