Last Updated on November 11, 2021
Slate Cheese Board for Christmas
Christmas is a time of indulgence… a genuinely good excuse to eat drink and be merry. No doubt many of us will be entertaining family and friends over the festive period and are already beginning to think about the extensive shopping list needed in the preparation for the vast spread of food. Will it be turkey, goose or a nut roast? Christmas pudding or a yule log?
In my household there’s always a cheese board, it’s the perfect end to Christmas lunch ideally with a glass of port, it also makes a great addition to a Boxing Day buffet, or perfect for grazing on over the festive period…. cheese is as synonymous with Christmas as mince pies or cranberry sauce.
In all the rush, it can be tempting to succumb to the pre-packed supermarket selection boxes of cheese, but just it’s not the same and I think it’s well worth getting some seriously delicious cheeses. British cheeses are really making their mark and Slate Cheese have a wonderful selection of local artisan East Anglian cheeses which have been scooping up awards.
I received a delicious East Anglian Cheese Deluxe Trio with a packet of Peter Yard Original sourdough crackers.
Baron Bigod – Who needs French cheeses when they taste as good a this….Baron Bigod is a multi-award-winning soft brie-style cheese made to a traditional French recipe. Jonny and Dulcie use the raw rich cow’s milk from their Montbéliarde cows at Fen Farm Dairy near Bungay, Suffolk to make this deliciously rich and creamy cheese with a yoghurt acidity and aromas of earth and mushrooms.
Norfolk Dapple – No cheese board is complete without a hard cheddar; this one is particularly good. Norfolk Dapple is a cheddar-style cheese made by Ferndale Cheeses in Norfolk. Maker by Arthur Betts who uses unpasteurised cow’s milk from a herd of pedigree Holstein-Friesians. He creates this rich, round cheese that has a hint of nuttiness by using traditional cheddaring methods. Its namesake develops on the truckles’ cloth while it matures for between five and eight months.
Bingham Blue – No Christmas would be complete without a blue cheese; this award-winning full-flavoured blue cheese is handmade by Catherine Temple at Copys Green Farm in Wighton and is the pride of Norfolk. Catherine adds spores of Penicillium Roqueforti to make it blue. It has a lovely creamy texture with a wonderful bite and a sweet tang.
There is so much food over Christmas that it’s nice to keep your cheeseboard tasty and simple, 3-4 cheeses are perfect. Serve your cheese with crackers and traditional accompaniments such as grapes and figs and a good pickle, but above all, enjoy!
You can order Slate Cheese and more online direct from their shop in Aldeburgh, stress-free enabling you to choose the right cheeses for you and your family and get them delivered fresh and chilled directly to your door in time for the busy festive season.
And, if you fancy your luck, why not enter our Giveaway, for your chance to win the trio of cheeses that I’ve reviewed.