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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...

May 5th, 2017

For 25 years we used to sell an unusual Norwegian brown cheese made of goats' milk – it had a waxy, fudge-like taste and a sweet flavour, so it wasn't everyone's favourite cheese, although it did have its aficionados. Back in 2013, this cheese managed to spontaneously combust whilst being driven through the Brattli Tunnel at Tysfjord in Norway, causing a fire that raged for five days and did so much damage to the tunnel that it had to be closed for several weeks for repairs. The reason for its weird flammability? A high concentration of fat and sugar, which, according to a police officer local to the incident, can burn “almost like petrol if it gets hot enough”. Thank goodness we stopped selling it before it set fire to the shop!   Cheese and wine; cheese and beer, or cider – but cheese and tea? New York-based tea expert Rachel Safko is now holding “tea and cheese soirées” devoted to exploring “the flavours   Read more...

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