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Difference Between Single and Double Gloucester

What is the difference between Single and Double Gloucester?

There are many opinions and different views on what makes a true Single or Double Gloucester and how they vary as cheeses. The height, the weight, the richness, the age…

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Michael Wilson head-chef of Midland Hotel recipe

Truffle Gnocchi with Old Winchester Cheese (by Midland Hotel head-chef Michael Wilson)

Michael Wilson, head-chef of The Midland Hotel at Morecambe, uses Old Winchester in fabulous Italian-inspired dish. Try his recipe below. Serves four Ingredients 1kg Desire potatoes Rock salt 225g pasta…

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St James Cheese Recipe

Buckwheat Crumpet, St James, ramson oil and truffle (by The Forest Side head-chef Kevin Tickle)

Kevin Tickle, head-chef of Michelin-starred The Forest Side Hotel, Grasmere, uses St James in this newly-created spring dish. Try his recipe below. Makes about 8 crumpets, enough for eight people…

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Baron Bigod Black Swan Oldstead Cheese recipe

Jerusalem artichoke with Baron Bigod custard (by The Black Swan at Oldstead head-chef Will Lockwood)

Will Lookwood, head chef of renowned Michelin-starred The Black Swan at Oldstead has created a fabulous dish using Jerusalem artichokes and Baron Bigod Brie. You can recreate this at home…

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Red Leicester Souffle Recipe

Twice baked Sparkenhoe red Leicester soufflé (by Le Caveau head-chef Mark Byron)

Mark Byron, chef-owner Le Caveau, Skipton, uses one of his favourite cheeses, Sparkenhoe red Leicester, on his menu to create these fabulous twice-baked soufflés. You can recreate his dish by…

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St Andrews Cheddar Cheese Recipe

St Andrews Cheddar, haggis and bacon potato-cake (by Le Caveau head-chef Mark Byron)

Mark Byron, chef-owner of Le Caveau, Skipton, gives the secret recipe to his Cheddar, haggis and bacon filled potato-cakes that feature regularly on his menu. Makes four potato cakes, enough…

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Courtyard Dairy Radio Times BBC 2

The Courtyard Dairy features on BBC2’s ‘Made in Britain’ series

Keen-eyed readers of the Radio Times for 1-7 December will have seen that ‘master cheesemonger’ Andy Swinscoe of The Courtyard Dairy was called in to assist with the latest episode…

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Best Cheese-Making Books

The best cheese-making instruction books

There are thousands of cheese-making books out there. And they all vary. Some are uncomplicated and easy to use, others go into great detail. Over the years at The Courtyard…

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Buy Cheesemaking Kit

Where to buy cheese-making equipment in the UK

The rapid growth of farmhouse and small-scale artisan cheese-making in the UK has seen a matching growth of suppliers of cheese-making equipment, starter cultures, moulds and bacteria, keen to supply…

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Doddington Cheese

Farmer, ice-cream maker and cheese producer – read about a visit to Doddington Dairy to meet real pioneers of cheese making and farm diversification…

Nestled on the border between England and Scotland, Doddington Farm is almost as far north in England as you can get. And allegiances up here are mixed; indeed the Maxwell…

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Crunchy Crystals in Cheese

What are the crunchy crystals found in hard cheese?

Well, if you thought it was table salt, you’d be wrong! We do know what causes the crystalline white deposits found within hard cheeses. It isn’t common salt, and in…

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Hafod Cheese Nick Millard

Farming at Hafod Cheese – a year in review, as told by herdsman Nick Millard

The farm began 2017 under a substantial cloud of bovine Tuberculosis (bTB). Unfortunately we had a quite terrible test result just before Christmas 2016 and were counting down the days…

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