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August 16th, 2018

Back in the 13th century BC the mayor of Memphis (not the town in Tennessee, but an ancient Egyptian capital of that era) was buried with a number of earthernware jars. Ptahmes, who besides being mayor, was also a royal scribe, an army chief and the overseer of the royal treasury, must have been a cheese-lover too. At least one of the jars contained a whitish mass which, on investigation, proved to be 3,200 year-old cheese made from a mixture of cows' and ewes' or goats' milk. Unfortunately, the cheese was also found to be contaminated with brucellosis bacteria. Brucellosis causes fever, joint pain, and fatigue … such a shame that when you find a cheese that's REALLY mature, it's not safe to eat!


And if you were wondering what is the latest status symbol in the USA and Japan, your guess might be – the newest Rolls-Royce model? A gadget dreamed up by a technogeek? No, it's – a British cheese board. British cheese makers such   Read more...
April 6th, 2018

Cheese on your pizza? Then the place to go is Berlin!

Last month an American chef working in the German capital created a pizza featuring 111 different varieties of cheese, including not only Mozzarella, but Raclette, Red Leicester, goats' cheeses, Emmental and Comté. You might think that the resulting pizza would be much larger than normal to accommodate over a hundred cheeses, but it was actually only two centimetres larger than an average pizza. How did the chef do this? The answer is that he used only 2.6g of each cheese!

(Please, if you want to try this at home, don't ask me to cut 2.6g of every cheese in our shop – shop scales are not that accurate!)   Meanwhile, a Big Cheese Festival held in East Sussex last month – ran out of cheese!   Entry to the festival cost £22 and customers were promised that they would be enjoying the finest cheese from international cheesemakers, as well as craft beers,   Read more...

October 13th, 2017

Is there such a thing as too much cheese?


Apparently police officers in Cambridgeshire think so. Last Monday they stopped a van transporting a load of cheese and found that the van was 41% over its legal weight limit. In the back, the driver had 2,882 lbs more cheese than his van was allowed to carry. Officers said that the cheese had to be “removed or eaten”.


As 2,882 lbs of cheese is more than most people can eat at a sitting, the van driver had to telephone for another van to help him out of his pickle …   And some of you will remember that, back in May of this year, I wrote about a new trend which involved pairing cheese with – not wine – but various blends of tea. It seemed bizarre … but not nearly as bizarre as cheese tea. Yes, cheese-topped tea is now all the range in Asia – there is even a cheese tea company in Indonesia called – you guessed it – Cheese Tea.   Read more...

July 14th, 2017
Well, not quite … but the inhabitants of remote Cretan villages tend to live remarkably long lives, in spite of (or perhaps because of) eating large quantities of cheese. Few people move into or out of the mountainous villages of Zoniana and Anogia, and those who do live there suffer very few strokes, heart attacks or other cardiac problems. Their diet is rich in fats, and it is thought that they have a genetic variant which appears to protect the heart by lowering their levels of fats and cholesterol, even though they may have eaten cheese high in both fat and cholesterol.   And they hold a cheese festival every year in the villages!   A study by Reading University has actually found that there is no link between eating dairy products and a heightened risk of heart attacks and strokes. Twenty-nine different studies were carried out involving a million participants and it was discovered that full-fat milk, yoghurt and cheese did not increase the   Read more...
May 16th, 2017

House of Cheese pioneered this concept quite a few years ago.


It’s not a cheesecake. It consists of several cheeses arranged one above the other in the same way that the tiers of a traditional wedding cake are arranged. To make it look like a traditional cake, round cheeses of varying diameters are used. We have now been supplying these sort of ‘cakes’ since 2003, when we were asked to supply one for the Richard & Judy TV show. We pioneered this concept and now seem to be the leading supplier of this type of cake on the net and by supplying many cakes each week we have built up quite a lot of experience in knowing what works and what doesn't! We are a cheese specialist and have run our business for many years. Beware of other websites less specialised - some of their cakes contain pungent, wet, leaky, really soft cheeses which will not work on the day! WHY CHEESE? Some people simply do not like   Read more...

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