The sun is out and summer is finally here! What better time to enjoy some fresh, summer cheeses out in the garden than on these warm, light evenings? We’ve listed a few of our favourites below.
Our first choice is a staple of summer, Feta is strong and rich in salty flavours and will instantly transport you to a sun drenched beachside taverna. Protected Designation of Origin means Feta can only be produced in Greece and is believed to have originated from nomadic tribes who needed to preserve the milk of their goats and sheep. Drizzle with a little olive oil and pair with some olives and sundried tomatoes or honey and fresh rosemary for instant summer feels.
We know the blues are normally winter domain but this Cornish Blue from the Cornish Cheese Co. is a delicious exception. Made on the edge of Bodmin Moor using locally sourced milk this is vastly different from traditional blue cheeses. Mild and creamy with a gentle sweetness, it is designed to be eaten young and is perfect with honey, almonds and fresh crusty bread.
We think the new Quicke’s Traditional Elderflower cheddar is a real summer treat. Matured for up to six months by expert cheesemakers in Newton St Cyres, Devon, this is a fresh, buttery cheddar with delicate hints of elderflower. Try it with some good quality biscuits or crackers and a crisp white and you’ll be in summer heaven.
A soft cheese alternative is the Le Roule from the Vosges region of France which is made using pasteurised cows milk and easily recognisable because of its distinctive herb swirl. Fresh and creamy garlic and herb flavours and a smooth texture make this a deliciously light summer treat. Best enjoyed spread on fresh, crusty bread or even as a savory breakfast.
Treat yourself this summer and enjoy the delights of these light, fresh cheeses.
Devon has a rich history of dairy farming which lends itself rather well to cheese production. The rich milk from well nourished herds roaming freely among lush green pastures produces delicious artisan cheeses. We’ve listed a few of our favourite Devon cheeses below.
Based at Stockbeare Farm near Okehampton in Devon, Curworthy have been producing top quality artisan cheeses for the last 25 years. The milk is sourced from local dairy farms and pasteurised on site to produce award winning cheeses. Their signature Devon Oke is made to a recipe dating back to the 17th century and has mellow, slightly sweet flavours and a creamy texture. Newer cheeses include Dartmoor Chilli which blends Devon Oke with fiery Ring of Fire chillies grown at the nearby South Devon Chilli Farm and Devon Maid, a mould ripened soft cheese with rich and creamy flavours and described as a combination between brie and camembert.
Sharpham Dairy was established in 1981 on the Sharpham Estate near Totnes, Devon. They produce hand made artisan cheeses using the rich milk from their own herd of Jersey cows and today employ traditional cheese making techniques such as ‘cheddaring’ the cheese by hand. Their cheeses include the Rustic which is a semi-hard, unpasteurised cheese with fresh, lemony flavours, there is also a variation using fresh garlic and chives which lends a savoury depth to the cheese. Their brie is award winning with delicious buttery flavours and creamy texture.
The Quickes have been producing traditional cloth bound Cheddar on Home Farm near Exeter, Devon for the last 500 years using recipes passed down through the generations and milk from their own herd. Their cheeses are all made by hand and allowed to slowly mature for the best flavours. Their vintage cheese is matured for up to two years which allows the rich caramel flavours to fully develop, resulting in a full bodied, complex cheese. Their cloth bound goats cheese is full of buttery, creamy flavours with distinct nutty undertones and is typically matured for six months.
Ticklemore Cheese are based in Totnes, Devon and have been making cheeses for the last 40 years. One of its founders Robin Congdon was a pioneer in the 1970’s, reviving the tradition of milking sheep in the UK. One of their most popular cheeses is the Devon Blue which is made using pasteurised milk from local farms. It has clean, buttery flavours and moist, slightly crumbly texture. Another favourite is the Beenleigh Blue which is a ewes milk cheese. The milk is only available in the Spring and early Summer, during this time as much Beenleigh as possible is made, some is then kept back at colder temperatures to last throughout the year. The result is varying seasonal flavours, early cheeses are light and fresh while the matured cheese is richer and creamier.
We are proud to stock local cheeses and support local dairies wherever possible, it does help that Devon produces some great tasting cheeses!