BCW 37 – MAY 2018 – AROUND THE WORLD THEME

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  1. Apricot and Hazelnut Bread / Soft Spanish Goats / El Supremo Torrontes (Argentina) / Fresh Apricot
  2. Sundried Tomato Bread / Swiss – Alpine / Renishaw Classic (England) / Roasted Tomatoes
  3. Oat Biscuits / Barnsley Brie / KWV Grenache Blanc (South Africa) / Roasted Peaches, Nectarines & Honey
  4. Courgette and Taleggio Focaccia / Buffalo Taleggio / Sagrado Tawny Port (Portugal) / Italian Meze
  5. Honey Cake / Barnsley Blue and Montagnolo / Stanley Noble Harvest Sauvignon (New Zealand)

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OCTOBER 2017 – ALTITUDE THEME

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Picos d Europa

A distinctive, maple leaf covered cheese, Made using 90% cows’ and 10% goats’ milks, with a fresh, creamy aroma, a buttery, melting texture, and nutty, mushroomy, sometimes spicy flavours. Pasteurised milk. Traditional rennet.

Sinodun Hill

The yoghurty flavour of the paste of Sinodun Hill is complemented by a delicate, almost red-fruit flavour from the rind. Its rind is wrinkly with a golden colour, often accompanied by the odd spot of white or blue mould. Sinodun Hill (pronounced ‘Sin-uh-din’, with the emphasis on the first syllable) is a lactic goat’s pyramid with a light, almost-whipped texture. It is made by a young couple, Rachel Yarrow and Fraser Norton, at the Nettlebed Estate in Oxfordshire. The Sinodun Hill has only been made since early 2016. They started out making cheese with bought-in milk. Happily, as of March 2017 Rachel and Fraser transitioned to making cheese from the milk of their own herd of goats. Although it is still very early days, we look forward to following the development of this exciting new farmhouse cheese. Raw Goat’s Milk. Vegetarian.

Comte

An unpasteurised French cheese from the Jura mountain region: smooth, mellow, nutty, and with a long finish.

From the Jura mountain region comes one of Frances’ favourite cheeses – and ours, when in the hands of Marcel Petite. Smooth, mellow, nutty and with a long finish.

Raw milk. Traditional rennet.

Vacherin

This cheese originates from the Mont d’Or in France (and is also known as Vacherin du Haut Doubs or Mont d’Or).  As the summer comes to an end and the air gets cooler, the cows come down the mountain and their milk becomes fattier and reduces in quantity.  These changes mean making Comté (a hard aged cheese) becomes difficult.  Hence, traditionally, a soft, rich, quick-ripening small cheese is made.  To this day the cheese can only be made seasonally between 15th August and 15th March. Raw milk. Traditional rennet.

Fellstone

Mellow and succulent with a sharp, fresh finish.Tom and Clare Noblet started to make cheese in 2015 on their dairy farm on the edge of the Lake District. Based on a traditional old ‘dales’ recipe of the north of England, Fellstone is aged for three months by which time it has the fresh lemony-lactic flavours of a good Wensleydale, with a supple, firmer texture. Raw milk. Traditional rennet.

WINE

Gavi Chiarlo

2. Charles Smith Velvet Devil Merlot

Garzon Albarino

Soave Suavia

5. Delaforce LBV Port

 

 

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AUGUST 2017 – ISLAND HOPPING THEME

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BREAD

  1. Grape Foccaccia, Sweet Walnut / Killeen Goats Cheese / Stopham Pinot Blanc, UK.
  2. Potato Bread w/ Roasted Aubergine / Durrus or Gubbeen Cheese / Assyrtiko Santorini, Greece.
  3. Soda Bread and tangy Tomato compote / Young Buck / Clos Culumbo, Corsica
  4. Cottage Loaf w/ red onion marmalade / Coolea / Nibaru, Sardinia.
  5. Caraway seeded cake / Cashel Blue / Umeshu Plum Sake, Japan.

CHEESE

Killeen

Leaving Holland in search of the Irish ‘good-life’, Marion Roeleveld went on to develop Killeen – a goats’ milk Gouda made with milk from her own goats.
The Courtyard Dairy ages Killeen in-house for 11 months (8 months longer than normal Killeen), so the cheese develops a greater depth of flavour as the sweetness and toasty-roasted hazelnut flavours show through.

Made by Marion Roeleveld in Ballyshrule, Galway, Ireland

Durrus

Durrus is made by Jeffa Gill in Co Cork, where it has been made since 1979. Jeffa works with the milk of two local farmers on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, whom she has used for over 25 years. The rind can be plump and pliable or slightly firmer with a bit of a savoury crunch and flavours range from mild to earthy, typically on the spectrum of butter and mushrooms.

Gubbeen

Gubbeen is a semi soft, washed curd, washed rind cheese, made by Giana Ferguson in Cork, Ireland. It is orangey pink in colour and has a somewhat elastic texture. It can be mild and sweet, or more intense with a mushroom flavour. Giana’s husband Tom’s family have farmed at Gubbeen for several generations. Giana came from Spain via France, with a cheesemaking background. She is responsible for the cheeses; he, the milk.

Young Buck

Young Buck is an outstanding, relatively new, raw-milk, blue cheese from Northern Ireland.  An interesting take on a Stilton recipe, Young Buck cheese is traditionally made and hand-ladled to produce a rich, lingering flavour.
Made by Michael Thomson of Mike’s Fancy Cheese Co. at Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Coolea

Dick and Helene Willems moved from Holland to County Cork, Ireland in the late 1970s. They started making Coolea on their own farm as a hobby in 1981, and the business was fully established by 1986. In 1998 their son Dick junior took over. Coolea can be sold young or matured for longer for a more interesting and intense flavour. The Coolea from Neal’s Yard is between eighteen months and two years old and its flavour is reminiscent of caramel.

Cashel Blue

Louis and Jane Grubb started making Cashel Blue when there was no blue cheese being made in Ireland. They were a part of the resurgence of Irish farmhouse cheese-making which had been underway since the late seventies.

In 2003 their daughter Sarah and her husband Sergio took on the running of the business. Geurt van den Dikkenberg is their cheesemaker.

Cashel Blue is made all year round using a combination of the milk produced on their own farm and bought in milk. Neal’s Yard select cheeses which we can mature for three to four months. This longer maturation helps to develop its rich, creamy texture and well-rounded flavour.

WINE

STOPHAM ESTATE PINOT BLANC, ENGLAND

THALASSITIS ASSYRTIKO, SANTORINI, GREECE

ETIENNE SUZZONI, CLOS CULOMBU ROUGE, CORSICA, FRANCE

ALBERTO LOI, MONICA DI SARDEGNA “NIBARU”, SARDNIA, ITALY

AKASHI TAI, SHIRAUME UMESHU PLUM INFUSED SAKE, JAPAN

 

AUGUST 2016 – SEASIDE THEME

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BREAD CHEESE WINE ­ AUGUST 2016 ­ SEASIDE THEME

1 ­ TXAKOLI ­ PINTXOS W/ MANCHEGO ­ BATON  Our baton, or baguette one of our best selling loaves. It takes the longest to make of all our  yeasted breads. It is made using a poolish. This is where 30% of the total water and flour is  added to a very small amount of yeast, mixed and left to ferment overnight in the fridge. The  final dough is then mixed in the morning, left to ferment again, then shaped, proved and  baked. This long fermentation gives the bread a chewy and open texture.   This is the perfect vessel for the tapas­style toppings.

2 ­ Picnic Lunch! CUDDYS CAVE ­ OVERNIGHT WHITE BLOOMER ­ SANGRIA  So called the ‘overnight white bloomer’ because this is the only dough that we leave to  ferment ambiently overnight. It is the last thing that the bakers do on their shift and i first  bread that they mould in the morning. This is a yeasted bread but even in the depths of winter-it only has 1% yeast per 1g flour, this goes down to 0.25g in the summer. It often has adeceptively dark crust, this is because the sugars in the wheat have been released through  the long fermentation process making it colour quicker. This loaf will always have a soft crust  though, unlike sourdough which usually has a crispy one.  The softness and closer texture makes this a perfect sandwich loaf.

3 ­ LAVERBREAD ­ SAUMUR ­ CAERPHILLY  Laverbread isn’t really a bread! It can be make thickly or made into boules like stuffing but i  decided to make it more like a biscuit or cracker. Laver is seaweed, you may know its more  common name of Nori. The seaweed is cooked and butter and oatmeal are added to create  a dough that is then baked to a crisp.This is a very traditional Welsh food, so goes especially well with the Caerphilly.

4 ­ OGLESHIELD CHEESY CHIP BUTTY ON BUTTERMILK ROLL ­ VINO VERDE  You’ve got to have chips when you’re at the seaside ­-right?! We used our buttermilk rolls to go with this course. We use local buttermilk from Our Cow Molly to make these soft rolls. We  bought chips from Two Steps across the road and melted Ogleshield on top. The Vino Verde  provides a delicious acidity to cut through the grease.

5 ­ CORNISH BLUE CHEESE ICE CREAM ­ TUILLE ­ PEDRO XIMINEZ

Maybe not the ice­cream that you would expect at the beach, but this subtle blue cheese  matches beautifully with the rich rasin­y flavours of the sherry. A treat to finish…

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Manchego

Manchego is a raw ewes’ milk. Hard and crumbly with a few tiny crystals of tyrosine. Aromas of leather, wool and nuts. Complex, fruity and buttery flavour with an aftertaste of nuts and a gentle spiciness. From Alcazar de San Juan, Castile La Mancha and aged for a minimum of seven months.

Cuddy’s Cave

Cuddy’s Cave is a mellow and succulent Dales style cheese, developed from Neill Maxwell’s own recipe at Doddington Dairy in Northumberland. Its flavours are fresh, lemony and curdy when young yet rich, mellow and satisfyingly creamy once matured. Unpasteurised, traditional rennet. Matured from three to six months.

Ogleshield

With his Jersey herd of cows, Jamie Montgomery makes a raclette-style cheese.  Ogleshield is washed for three-months and is perfect for raclette grilling or simply eaten on its own!  Made by Jamie Montgomery in North Cadbury, Somerset, England. Unpasteurised. Animal rennet.

Gorwydd Caerphilly

At five-months old, this traditional Welsh Caerphilly has been extra-matured to break it down to form a buttery, mushroomy layer around a lemony, lactic-fresh core.  Made by Todd and Maugan Trethowan in Puxton, Somerset, England. Unpasteurised. Animal rennet.

Cornish Blue

Cornwall’s only blue cheese. A gentle blue with a creamy, mellow flavour. From Liskeard on Bodmin Moor, Cornish Blue Cheese Cheese has been produced on the Stansfield’s Farm since 2001. The full flavoured sweet, creamy cheese of distinctive character has been internationally recognised by the many awards it has won including: World Cheese Awards Champion Cheese in 2010 and Best Blue and English Cheese in 2007. Pasteurised. Animal rennet.

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Agerre Txakoli (known as Chacoli )
One of Spain’s more unusual wines, which like Vinho Verde loves being close to the sea. The location is a mere 750 meters from the shore. In the autumn and winter months the rainfall is high ,as much as 1500mm per year. The main grape used for this wine is Hondarribi Zuri which can produce thin and acidic wines. This example is fuller flavoured with a light spritz.

Sureo Sangria from Estrella Damm

Named after the Spanish and Portuguese word for “blood” (sangre) because of its typical dark colour. Sangria is commonly a mixture of red wine, chopped fruit – such as orange, lemon, melon, berries, mango, a sweetener is added – sugar, syrup or orange juice as well as a small amount of brandy or sometimes rum. As there are so many variations on a recipe the drink can range in alcohol from 4% to 11%. Sangria is now protected under a 1991 European law and can only be labelled as such if produced in Spain or Portugal. The law states that it must be less than 12% abv  and the colour must come exclusively from the raw materials used. Solid citrus fruit pulp or peel may also be included. Sureo comes from Barcelona based Estrella Damm and it is possible that the recipe for it has come from El Bulli chef Ferran Adria.
Saumur Rouge  ‘ Les Plantagents ‘
A well balanced offering  with plenty of red berry flavours provided by the Cabernet Franc grape. The vineyards are close to the Chateau at Saumur and the banks of the River Loire. The grapes are lightly pressed at the winery after careful selection and de-stalking. This Saumur has lighter tannins and is best drunk within a few years of making.The red berry fruits  and the dry finish work well with the cheese keeping the palate clean.

Este Vinho Verde  made from the Loureiro variety in Galicia
A large family estate produces a host of white and red Vinho Verde. Situated close to the Atlantic shores this can be a tricky area to grow vines.nSince the 1990’s the style has changed a little, to provide more fruit flavours without losing the freshness and zing on the palate. The demand for lighter wines in character and alcohol is increasing and the quality is only getting better.

El Candado Pedro Ximinez  from Bodegas Valdespino
Inspired by a family member who thought it would be highly amusing to put a lock on one of their prized barrels. Thankfully we can all enjoy this delight today with the care of excellent fruit and wine making. This Pedro Ximinez variety is thin skinned and light green.After ripening and then picking it enjoys at least two weeks in the sun to lose some juice and sweeten what is there from the season. Gentle ageing for around ten years brings this smooth figgy and dried fruit cocktail of flavours to life.

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