1. Baton / Damson Cheese and Roast Peach / Yorkshire Pecorino / Durello Sparkling Spumante, Veneto, Italy (Wine Merchant Top 100)
2. Fig, Aniseed and Sesame Sourdough / Fresh Figs / Tunworth / Ch. Fesles Chenin Blanc Sec, France (IWC Silver medal 2016)
3. Light Rye / Local Heritage Tomato / Merry Wyfe / Pemo Montepulciano, Italy (IWC 2018 Commended)
4. Beetroot Bread / Beetroot Chutney / Old Winchester / Papa Giannakos Eythros, Greece (AWC Silver medal)
5. Longes de Chat / Pears poached with Chilli and Pepper / Harrogate Blue / De Bortoli Black Noble Muscat, Australia (Sydney Wine show Gold 2018/2017 & IWC Trophy winner)
This Yorkshire Pecorino Fresco (‘young Pecorino’) is only 30 days old, and like all classic Italian young cheeses is smooth, yogurty and sweet. It is made by Mario Olianas in Adel, near Leeds, West Yorkshire. Brought in up Sardinia, Mario Olianas comes from a strong family of Italian gastronomes and he started making cheese in a specially converted room within his house, following an adapted Pecorino recipe. He uses fresh sheep’s milk which he collects daily from just outside Harrogate, and cultures imported from Italy. This cheese is based on the classic Pecorino Fresco from Italy. Mario’s Yorkshire Pecorino is based on the fresco, young version of pecorino. Soft and yielding in texture it has a thin undulating rind and is aged for 30 days. Winner Great British Cheese Awards 2018.
Milk: Pasteurised Cow’s Milk Coagulant: Animal Rennet Milk Source: Bought in Milk Product Summary A Camembert-style cheese with a classically creamy and unctuous paste; flavours are vegetal, truffley and garlicky. Product Description Tunworth is made by Stacey Hedges and Charlotte Spruce in Hampshire and named after the nearby hamlet of Tunworth. The whole process is done by hand, from the cutting to the ladling; they will then be transferred to ripening rooms where they grow their mixed coats of wrinkly Geotrichum and delicate white Penicillium moulds. Super Gold British Cheese Awards 2018.
An award-winning washed-rind cheese made with curds which are pressed and then washed in cider every other day for four weeks (hence the name ‘Merry’ Wyfe!). The cider is made from organic apples harvested on the farm. This cheese has a distinctive pungent orange (edible) rind and a rich, creamy paste. Only launched in May 2017, the “Merry Wyfe” has already won gold at three cheese awards: The World Cheese Awards, the Artisan Cheese Awards at Melton Mowbray and the Global Cheese Awards at Frome. It is an organic, pasteurised and vegetarian cheese. . Super Gold British Cheese Awards 2018.
In the New Forest at Lyburn Farm, Mike and Judie Smales have created a modern British classic cheese – Old Winchester. As milk prices fell, Mike and Judie decided they needed an outlet for the milk from their 180 British Friesian cows. Deciding to make cheese, they went on a one-day Cheddar-making course. With this basic knowledge the Smales decided to make a Gouda-style (the curd is washed so the cheese ends up slightly more sweet): “When we started to make cheese twelve years ago, we deliberately chose not to make Cheddar for all the obvious reasons, not least there are already quite a lot of them. So we started with a Gouda-style recipe.” Yet it turned out a bit different from expected. But not every mistake is bad! Instead, the amazing Old Winchester was born: a cross between Gouda, Parmesan and Cheddar. This cheese is aged for 18-months to give it a sweet, tangy, crystallised depth. (It is also known as Old Smales).As well as a great ‘table cheese’ Old Winchester works incredibly well as a vegetarian Parmesan replacement as it is made without animal rennet, you will often find chefs using it for vegetarian dishes. Super Gold International Cheese Awards 2018.
Harrogate Blue is matured for a minimum of 10 weeks which is the optimum time for the cheese to develop exactly the right depth of flavour and creaminess. A hit from day one, Harrogate Blue won its first award just two weeks after launch in 2012, and was the first cheese co-produced by Katy and Caroline (Judy Bell’s daughters) after taking over the running of the dairy. It’s since scooped two golds at the Global Cheese Awards and in 2017 it won a Super Gold and was judged to be the 11th best cheese in the world at the World Cheese Awards in London. Harrogate Blue is soft, luxuriously creamy and blue-veined, delivering a mellow blue flavour with a hint of pepper to finish. Super Gold International Cheese Awards 2018.
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1. IRISH SODA BREAD – Killeen Goats – Tomatoes – Cabernet Franc This bread is out version of the Irish classic, but using 100% Yorkshire wheat. Yorkshire Organic Millers grind a course wholemeal especially for us for use in this bread. The bread is naturally sweet because of the wholewheat and is very soft as a result of the Organic Buttermilk which is made for us, also specially, by Acorn Dairy in North Yorkshire. There is no yeast in this bread as it is leavened by the alkaline bicarbonate of soda reacting to the acid in the buttermilk. This creates the scone like texture.
2. OATCAKES – Teifi – Plum & Date Chutney – Macon Charnay We have used pinhead oatmeal and rolled oats to make these oatcakes. They also have some dates for a little natural sweetness. Their crumbly texture really compliments the semi hard Teifi.
3. OVERNIGHT BLOOMER – Isle of Mull Cheddar – Apple – Bordeaux We’ve tried to recreate a worker’s lunch with this course so have chosen to show the CHEESE off with our bloomer. It is ‘overnight’ because the dough is mixed in the morning and left to bulk ferment overnight before being shaped, proved and baked the following day. This long fermentation allows to put a very, very small amount of yeast in the bread and also gives it a lovely chewy texture.
4. LEEK & POTATO SOURDOUGH – Young Buck – Braised Leeks – Beaujolais Villages Our sourdoughs are made with just three ingredients: flour, water and salt. Making bread this way is very traditional. We ferment flour and water together and this leavens the bread instead of using fresh or dried yeast. The bread is made over three days as this method generally needs much longer to prove than yeasted breads. The long fermentation gives it a chewy, holey structure and slightly sour taste. We have added roast potatoes, leeks and rosemary to this white sourdough for a Welsh touch! The added starch from the potato is what gives the bread the ‘custardy’ texture.
5. LAVENDER SHORTBREAD – Caerphilly – Rhone Valley Viognier We have added dried lavender to a traditional all butter shortbread biscuit – what could be more Scottish! We hope that the floral notes will complement the zesty, lemony flavour of the cheese helping to cut through the richness.
– BREAD –
ITALY: Herb Focaccia. A traditional Italian bread. Ours is made as a lean dough, just flour, water, salt and yeast. Herbs and lashings of olive oil are then added. We make one third of the dough the night before this is know as a poolish. We then leave this overnight in the fridge to mature. We add this to the remaining ingredients as we mix the main dough. This bread is not shaped as such, but is rather pressed into a tin.
HOLLAND: Sourdough. Maybe not specific to Holland, but sourdough is a very traditional way of making bread, that is fairly universal. No yeast is added to this dough. A wide range of yeasts and bacterias exist on flour and in water we ferment the flour and water together to make a ‘mother’ and this leavens the bread. We make this bread over a three day process which gives it its chewy, holey texture and slightly tangy taste.
FRENCH: Baton What could be more French?! We use strong flour and long fermentation to create the traditional chewy texture with a crisp crust. The large holes are created when the dough is rolled. We carefully shape and roll the dough then place in a ‘couche’ (which can mean bed) to prove in the fridge where they ‘sleep’ until ready to bake. We give our batons four slashes with a razor blade to create the ‘ears’. The sign of a good baguette i when you can lift it up by its ears alone!
IRISH: Soda bread Also known as wheaten bread. Soda bread is the only bread we make that is yeast free. Instead it is leavened with Bicarbonate of soda. A chemical reaction occurs between the acidity of buttermilk and the alkaline of the bicarb. Because of this the dough must go immediately into the oven, or it will collapse. This loaf is made with Organic buttermilk from North Yorkshire and wheat grown in North Yorkshire:a local affair. Both the buttermilk and course ground wholemeal flour are made for us especially.
SPAIN: Potato & Rosemary Bread We have chosen to accentuate the flavour of the Manchego here. Potato gives the bread a very soft, fluffy texture. We also add a little honey to bring out the sweetness of the rosemary. This is a yeasted bread and is made over two days.
– CHEESE –
Caciocavallo – Italy
This cheese is related to Mozzarella as it uses stretched curd and it is usually made in southern Italy. It gradually changes from a sweet, milky, buttery cheese to a hard, pungent one with gamey and oily flavours. It can be made with sheep, goat, cow or buffalo milk.
Gouda – Holland
The Dutch make some really great cheese. This 2 year old Reypenaer Gouda (VSOP) has an intense deep caramel and butterscotch flavour. During its maturing process the cheese looses 25% of its original weight and develops protein crystallisations. Cow, pasteurised
Tomme de Savoie – France
Winner of the renowned Medaille d’Argent 2010 in Paris, this cheese is a superb example of the genre; supple, and winey with a slight earthy finish. It has a distinct, thick grey rind, with yellow or red moulding, and a straw-coloured curd. The flavour is soft, fruity and slightly salty. Cow, unpasteurised
Cashel Blue – Ireland
Made in County Tipperary by Louis & Jean Grubb. It has a white appearance or paste increasingly turning towards a buttery yellow as it matures. The rind is edible and is intrinsic to the cheese, it contributes to the breaking down of the paste adding further flavour and complexity. Good for eating between 3 to 6 months
Villarjo Rosemary Manchego – Spain
This well balanced semi-hard raw sheep’s milk cheese is rolled in locally grown rosemary. It has a lactic, slightly tangy interior with small ojes (holes) in it. It is made by a small producer and was developed in 1986. Made with milk from Manchego sheep.
– WINE –
Bodegas Gutierrez Colosia Fino
A dry, light and fresh sherry wine which we chill to serve with the Rosemary Manchego. A young wine made from the Palomino grape. In the hot south of Spain this grape takes on the chalky soil notes that the vines are grown on and hints of salty air which are so important to the area. A classic combination which lifts the palate and remains fresh to the end of the glass.
A.Mano Primitivo del Salento
In the heel of Italy this is dark in colour although fresh in the mouth backed up by dark berry flavours with a dash of black pepper spice. The vines were planted over 70 years ago and still perform well. The 2013 vintage was a little cooler than normal which means the wine holds a little more acidity to balance the richer fruits. Mark Shannon is the winemaker who hails from California where the grape is known as Zinfandel. He ages the wine in French and American oak for only 2 months which allows just a little influence and softens the younger wines.
Prosecco Spumante Giol.
Organically grown grapes. A winery we have been pleased to show on a number of occasions. Situated on the plains near Treviso and surrounded to the north by the imposing hills. An hour drive west of Venice finds this winery which has produced grapes and wine since the early 1400’s! They own most of the vineyards which produce the grapes for this wine. A lively pleasant opening with hints of cashew nut in the background. The idea of using the Prosecco with Cashel Blue is to keep the palate open and receptive to all the flavours and balance with the bread.
Wunsch et Mann Riesling Cuvee du Roi Clovis
To go alongside the Tomme de Savoie we have the refreshing Riesling, delicate with touches of white flowers, a mineral presence and a touch of underlying sweetness. As the wine loses its chill the bouquet opens out .The Mann family are practising organic farming methods and are keen to protect their environment. The versatile Riesling variety, often sadly overlooked, is a good partner to various meats, fish and cheeses.
Famille Perrin Syrah & Viognier. S.Rhone Valley
This fruity restrained red has plenty going on and at 12.5% can cope well with aged Gouda and spicy bits. Plenty of red berry fruits backed up back a dash of black pepper. The southern Rhone loves Syrah and with a good drop of the white grape Viognier to lift the more earthy notes.