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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.


WHAT IS A CHEESE WEDDING CAKE?


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...

May 14th, 2016

Anyone who's been following this story in the UK media recently will know that this was the name chosen for a new polar research vessel in a nationwide poll of the British people organised by the National Environment Research Council. However, the ship will actually be christened the RRS Sir David Attenborough, as the name Boaty McBoatface was deemed too flippant – though it will live on as the moniker of the ship's remotely operated submarine.

 

The story certainly got everyone talking, even as far away as Australia. Residents of Sydney suggested that a council in the eastern suburbs be named Beachy McBeachface, in honour of Sydney's many famous beaches. At the Cotswold Farm Park, which we visited recently, Philip heard a mother say to her child: “Shall we call that lamb Sheepy McSheepface?”   Back in the House of Cheese, we're just waiting for the moment someone with a keen sense of the ridiculous asks us: “Are you   Read more...

May 7th, 2016

A forklift driver had a lucky escape yesterday in Shropshire when an eight-hour rescue operation succeeded in freeing him from tons of cheese which had fallen on him when shelving collapsed in a “domino effect” inside a large warehouse. You would think that no one could survive an incident like that, but apparently he was saved by the protective cage on his truck. The press variously reported that between 4,000 and 55,000 tonnes of cheese fell on the man, and one newspaper ran the story with the headline: “In a Pickle” … Online comments ranged from: “Glad he found a whey to get out” to “Grate rescue!”

 

Earlier this year a Frenchman was banned from a Waitrose store in London after attempting to steal boxes of Camembert. When approached by the manager of the store, he threw cheese at her and then lifted the entire trolley and brought it down on her foot, before kicking a security guard and a police officer in the   Read more...

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