About a month ago I shared a post on this blog in which I tried to offer a round-up of all the different cheese-related events that are happening in 2018 – everything from Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, to the annual cheese-rolling event in the village of Stilton.
Sadly though, I fear that that particular blog post may have brought some sort of curse on all of the events in question – because it’s been all over the news these last few days that this year’s Stilton cheese-rolling has now been cancelled.
Whenever I visit a far-flung place, I always try and make a point of sampling some local cheese. And whether it’s a nice chunk of cave-aged cheddar in Somerset or some Manchega in Spain, it’s frankly a much more rewarding travel tradition than buying a souvenir fridge magnet.
In fact, cheese tourism could well be an emerging trend amongst those of us who like to travel – as I discovered recently that there’s a company called Cheese Journeys, who actually organise entire cheese-based holidays!
One part of the world though where you might struggle to go on any kind of cheese journey is the mighty continent of Asia…
For as long as I can remember, there have been a lot of conflicting ideas about whether or not cheese is actually good for us.
It probably goes all the way back to the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius – who, according to legend, died in the year 161AD after he became unwell following a feast in which he put away an absolute shedload of Gruyere.
I’ve always been the sort of person who enjoys a challenge – and if it’s a challenge that happens to involve cheese, then all the better.
And last week, one of my friends threw down the gauntlet and asked if I fancied taking a fairly gruelling mission: to see if I can find out if there’s actually such a thing as decent vegan cheese…
Along with cheese, one of my biggest passions in life is football – although to be honest, we’re talking about two worlds that don’t often really collide.
More’s the pity…
But there was one time back in 2014 when we had a glorious crossover between my two interests – when a coach at a very well-known football club here in England attracted enormous derision, after it emerged that he’d suggested one of his players treat an injury by rubbing cheese on it!
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may recall that we shared a post last month where we took the bull by the horns and canvassed public opinion on the thorny issue of whether it’s okay or not to eat Christmas cake with cheese.
So far in this site’s short existence that post been our most popular by some distance – so a few weeks on, I’ve decided it’s time for another spot of cheese-based research.
And this time, I’ve decided to tackle another important cheese-related matter. Yes, whether or not it’s acceptable to dip chips into basked Camembert!
The subject of cheese makes it into the news with surprising frequency. This is something I know well – because being well known among my family and friends as a big fan of cheese, I usually find that at least at least half a dozen people will tell me whenever cheese hits the headlines.
It’s a bit like setting up a Google alert, only six times more efficient…