Monday, February 21, 2011


A bowl of warm homemade soup, especially on a cold grey day, is a joy.

If you have any left over pieces of Stilton Cheese in the freezer, this recipe is perfect for using them up. The soup doesn't take too long to make, and you are rewarded with a wonderful pan of freshly made soup. I'm not suggesting for one minute you should make the baguette to go with the soup.........

The recipe is by Antony Worrall Thompson from his days as presenter of Saturday Kitchen and can be found on the BBC Food Website.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cricketer Farm Cheese - Nether Stowey Reserve Cheddar

Cricketer Farm is based on the edge of the Quantock Hills in Somerset and are master cheesemakers. The farm was established by the late Lord Beaverbrook in the 1940's and they continue to make award-winning cheeses from local milk. Many of the staff who work for Cricketer Farm have spent all of their working lives with them.

This is their first branded Cheddar cheese, Nether Stowey Reserve, and is available in Co-operative Stores. The cheese is named after the village which has been home to the dairy since it was founded over 70 years ago. Nether Stowey Reserve is made from a mature Cheddar cheese specially selected for its delicious, smooth, rich flavour.

Cricketer Farm cheeses are available in independent shops in Somerset and in Asda, The Co-operative, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Lidl nationwide.

I made a small cheese board, for a late Saturday afternoon lunch, and the cheese 'hit the spot' according to my husband, and I had to agree with him.

Thank you Cricketer Farm and James.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Hotel Chocolat Valentine's Day Gifts

I have been sent two Valentine's Gifts from Hotel Chocolat, firstly a beautifully presented box of Melting Hearts H-Box Selection containing hearts in 40% milk, 70% dark and 29% white chocolate, decorated in twirls and swirls. The centre of the chocolates are bursting with flavour. Pistachio Praline melts in the mouth, Strawberry Love has a tangy ganache centre and Chocolate Brownie for brownie lovers everywhere. My favourite has to be the Liquid Caramel with an oozing lightly salted caramel centre.

A beautiful engraved Milk Engraved Chocolate Heart intricately engraved with love birds and made from smooth 40% cocoa chocolate. The heart weighs 125g, so no excuses for not sharing.