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Fromagerie de la Tour, Brassac-les-Mines

Enjoying cheese is not just about taste and texture, flavour wheels and all that good stuff, it’s also about the memory of buying the cheese – the people and the place. On holiday in France and travelling to the Haute-Loire region of the Auvergne with its most beautiful ancient hill-top villages, rivers and meadows filled with springtime wild flowers and all set amongst extinct volcanoes I got off the train.. Read More

Putney Boy in the Countryside

Down in Sussex today and what better than breakfast in the garden – local ingredients of course!   Co-Op brown roll (very good since you ask) with High Weald Dairy’s thick creamy, almost Middle Eastern, Sussex Slipcote with its adult lemony taste and washed down with a tea pot full of Ethiopian coffee roasted by Edgcumbe’s (the Sussex coffee guys).   What a great start to the day.

Not everything is going the wrong way!

  My uber-talented friend  Roger Stephens Piano Teacher, Tour Guide, Illustrator, & Author (he modestly omits Botanist and Cheshire buff from the description of himself given on his website) went to the Nantwich Show and posted on Facebook. “There seemed to be as many rosettes as cheeses. Brian was right: blessed are the cheese-makers!” …and of course, he was right but what a wonderful thing!   A side-effect of rationing during.. Read More

What’s the difference between British cheese and French cheese?

This post uses the wonderful Periodic Table of Cheese as conceived by the genius folk of Leeds! It’s a bit of fun and all errors and misunderstandings come from the Putney end of the country. Periodic Table of Cheese Recently I went to Paris for a workshop and seized the opportunity of going a day early to see an art exhibition at the Pompidou Centre, and to visit two well-recommended.. Read More

Good Taste Food and Drink, Crystal Palace

Cheese lovers of London, Crystal Palace is a great place to take your family or friends for a day out.   It sits on the highest hill in London and, although Crystal Palace television masts are a familiar landmark, surprisingly few people have actually been there.   You can safely recommend the beautiful Victorian park complete with life-sized sculptures of dinosaurs, the National Sports Centre and its stadium, the ruins of the.. Read More

Salt Content of Cheese -beware self-appointed saviours

I write as a man who keeps an occasional eye on his blood pressure and does indeed frequently abstain from adding salt to food.   I am also a scientist by training (albeit I admit to not practising for some years).   All that said, I am concerned about the conclusions of Consensus Action on Salt & Health press release on their report “Cheese is Unnecessarily Loaded with Salt”. Read More

Sussex Farm Foods -a pleasant stop on the road south from Pulborough

Farm shops offer the prospect of local food and respite from the ugliness and sterility of a visit to the nearest Tesco’s: they are a week-end break in the countryside.   Sussex Farm Foods is just off a sharp bend on the road from Pulborough to Bury Hill (that wonderful uphill pull that leads to panoramic views from the top of the South Downs.   The shop started out in.. Read More

Pallant of Arundel -a first class food shop!

  Arundel is a small town situated on a steep hill in West Sussex rising up from the bridge over the River Arun from which the town gets its name.   Arundel has a castle, a cathedral, a Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, the beautiful Swanbourne Lake and ground where fine cricket is played.   Furthermore it is the seat of the Duke of Norfolk (who is descended from Edward I) -but.. Read More

Newcastle Farmer’s Market

Sometimes I go out to look for cheese …other times it finds me!   Recently I went to Northumberland for a wedding and that caused me to spend a couple of hours in Newcastle.   It’s a great lively city where something is always happening and on this visit I stumbled across the small farmer’s market held near Grey’s Monument (right in the centre of the city), my luck was in because.. Read More