Cheesy Valentine’s Day Gift with Taste

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Oh yes, no sooner do you get out of Christmas mode than Valentine’s Day is upon us. And good on Pong for being quick off the mark with an offer of 10% off their Heart Shaped Boxof cheese.

I think this is a very sweet looking collection, but is also good, tasty cheese too. Neufchatel may be famous for being heart-shaped but it also gives you a pure and creamy cheese with a taste reminiscent of a good Camembert. Putting the some colour into this collection is the Godminster Organic Cheddar, with its purple wax casing, which keeps the creaminess of the cheese in the best condition.

Appropriately named for the season, White Heart Goat’s Cheese is a semi-hard goat’s cheese with a lemony hint to an overall fresh tasting cheese. Complement all three cheeses with Godminster Beetroot and Apple Chutney, and you’ve practically got a meal in a box! Add in a box of crackers and you’re all set.

The box is usually £25.95 but you can get 10% off with code HSBPC1, valid until 14 February. If you want to order it for delivery in time for Valentine’s Day then you need to order before 10 February.

Go on, this is the only cheesy Valentine’s Day gift I’m in favour of!

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What I’d like to be taking to China

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I’m off on a trip for the day job to China, which I’m really looking forward to. Love Chinese food and hoping to get some time out to try and get to eat some.

But there does come a point in a trip where I do suddenly crave a taste of home. On a trip to Japan, even though I’d been living on the most amazing sushi most of the week, I had a very memorable meal of chicken pie and chips washed down with half a pint of Guinness. And it was delicious.

So I do always tend to pack some tastes of home. But the one thing that is difficult to carry, but something I always end up wanting, is proper British cheese. I crave a proper piece of a decent Cheddar. If I could have it in a sandwich with some Branston I’d be even happier. Or a piece of Sparkenhoe Red Leicester with some crackers and butter.

I don’t think that the Chinese have a particularly long or big tradition of cheese making, so not sure there’ll be loads of local cheese tempting me. So if you fancy sending me an emergency parcel then let me know! Any of the great boxes from Pong would probably do the trick, thanks! And if you hear news of any unpleasantness at Shanghai airport involving impounding cheese…well, temptation is a strong thing!

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Say cheese! Get your Christmas order in with Pong

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Cheese, glorious cheese

I love Pong, if only for the name, but also because they have a cracking selection of cheese. And right now you can indulge in a big selection of cheese with a discount, with a buy 3 and get 1 free offer running. I’m very keen to try the Blacksticks Blue, which is a fabulous colour and is apparently milder than Stilton, which would suit me.

I’d order Little Wallop, purely on the name, although it sounds delicious as well. Cider brandy washed, this is complex, nutty and lemony, which is appealing. I’d add in Sparkenhoe Red Leicester, local to us and fabulous. And what the heck, when I’ve got throught this much cheese, then I may as well add in a Vacherin Mont D’Or.

Christmas cheese is looking good!

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Foodie gifts as they should be

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After a couple of days of foodie gifts where taste may not be the absolute first priority, I thought it was time to have a break and write about real foodie treats! Really this was prompted by an email from Natoora, rather than continued loathing over the Blueberry Vodka Glass Slipper!

 

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I really like Natoora, I wish there were more online sources like this for great food delivered to where you are. They’re really good at French and Italian stuff that you think you can only get on holiday, but also at the unusual stuff from around the UK, and the really good stuff. I can’t imagine many cheese loving foodies turning down the British Cheese Selection: Colston Basset Stilton (local to me, and darn fine Stilton it is too), Montgomery’s Cheddar, Kirkham’s Lancashire and one I haven’t tried, Tunworth. At a tad under £25, this feels like a lot more food for your money than the Selfridges Xmas pud and brandy butter.

Artichoke is one of those things I tend to order in, and associate with, Italy, and don’t often cook it here. That said, I am quite tempted to keep a jar of the artichoke pate in the cupboard, it could make a very good standby for bruschettas and as a quick pasta sauce. I’d also be tempted by the charcuterie counter, but mainly for Italian stuff you don’t see everywhere, like Speck and Coppa di Parma, not to mention two types of Lardo.

And I’ve always thought it would quite entertaining, not to mention tasty, to buy someone a whole Parma or Bayonne ham. Imagine their faces when they see that one wrapped up! Do you think they’ll guess what it is?

Delivery is pretty good: next day in 2 hour slots within selected London postcodes, 24 hour delivery to the rest of us. Even better, there’s 20% off any order over £50 between now and 31 August with code AUG20OFF, so worth shopping in bulk or clubbing together with like minded foodie friends. Although if you get into investigating their great wine and beer selection that £50 will come up quite easily!

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