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A Celebration of Northern Farmhouse Cheese – Sunday 12th June

Sunday 12th June will see some of the finest farmhouse cheese-makers in the north come together at The Courtyard Dairy’s famous shop near Settle, to showcase the brilliance of farm…

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Why do goats cheese taste of goat?

Why do goats’ cheeses taste ‘goaty’? And why are some stronger than others?

Many people have been put off for life by tasting a really-ripe goats’ cheese – saying it is ‘like licking a goat’! But contrary to popular opinion, goats’ milk doesn’t…

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Goats Milk

What is the difference between goats’ milk (and cheese) compared to cows’ and sheep’s?

Each mammal produces slightly different milk. Although the constituents are broadly the same (water, lactose sugar, fat, protein, minerals and nutrients) the exact make up of each milk varies, depending…

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Using goats’ milk to make cheese – its history, science and challenges

Firstly lets debunk three broadly-held myths: Keeping the Billy Goat with your female goats is NOT the reason some goats’ cheeses taste ‘goatier’ than others, Goats are historic to the…

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Leeds Blue and Yorkshire Pecorino

Supplier Feature: Mario Olianas, maker of Leeds Blue and Yorkshire Pecorino

In 2001 Mario arrived from Italy into Leeds/Bradford Airport.  He spoke no English, and had just £200 in his pocket, and the promise of a friend’s floor to sleep on. …

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Michael milking cows

The story of Cote Hill Blue – from farmers to award-winning cheese-makers

Michael loves milking cows.  So much so as soon as he hit the teenage years he was pretty much responsible for milking all of the cows on the family farm…

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The science of cooking with Cheddar

Cooking with Cheddar as an ingredient (with chef Tommy Banks)

Join Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks and award-winning cheesemonger The Courtyard Dairy as they guide you through Cheddar, why it cooks so well, what to look for in selecting a cheese…

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Cheese Rarebit Recipe

Cheddar Cheese Rarebit Recipe

The best-selling dish at the Courtyard Dairy Café, here is Kathy’s tried and tested recipe. Makes four slices Ingredients 50g butter 50g flour 1 teaspoon mustard powder 1 teaspoon cayenne…

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Cheddar Beer Fondue Pot

Cheddar and Beer Fondue Recipe

This dish became a much-loved favourite at The Courtyard Dairy Café. Serves 2 Ingredients 200g grated Cheddar (for best results use a good strong Cheddar like St Andrew’s) 200ml beer…

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Cheese Scone Recipe – Courtyard Dairy Café

Kathy’s recipe from the Courtyard Dairy Café’s excellent cheese scones – if in doubt, add more cheese! Makes approx 12 scones Ingredients 450g self-raising flour, with 1 teaspoon of baking…

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Best Cheese to cook with

What’s the best cheese to cook with? – The science behind choosing the right cheese for your dish.

“Cheese is an ingredient that has so much to offer in flavour, texture and versatility.” Chef Michel Roux Snr Cheese is an ingredient that can transform and elevate almost any…

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Matching Beer and Cheeae

Cheese and Beer Matching – by John Kelly of Kirkstall Brewery

How do you match beers with cheese? Does it really work? And is beer as good as, or better than, wine or port with cheese? There are certainly particular styles…

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