Rather than sit at home for the whole long weekend, I went with my partner on a day trip of the Hunter Valley. I've never been before, and given that I like nice food and nice wine, it seemed like a sensible mini-holiday.
But something I wasn't anticipating was a trip to the Smelly Cheese Shop, something that's a bit of an institution in the Hunter Valley. And as a result, I've got cheese on the mind.
We had a measly 10 minutes to browse, which is bugger all time for such a treasure trove of dairy. So in the end we walked away with a few different cheeses — a Danish cheddar of some description, a truffle brie with seeded mustard throughout, another blue cheese that my addled brain can't remember right now, and something else entirely.
In any case, I wanted to ask you: what cheeses do you like, and under what circumstances?
Here's some thoughts from me:
- Big fan of doing a nice simple blue cheese sauce with steak. You can get roquefort from ALDI now for about $5. 50gm of that with an equal amount of cream on low heat. Crumble cheese, pour cream in, stir slowly and melt down till thick and pour on top of meat. Delicious.
- You know those people who can never have too much parmesan when it's spag-bol night? That's me. If anything, melted parmesan is probably the best part of spag-bol.
- When I was a real fat kid: lebanese wrap, grated tasty cheese or that four cheese/pizza cheexe mix, griller. Cheap cheese pizza, done.
- Something decadent? Get a whole thing of Camembert. I mean the whole thing. Cut holes into it. Insert fresh garlic. Wrap entire thing in proscuitto or pancetta. Bake for about 18-22 minutes. Toast some bread. Die in happiness.
- French. Onion. Soup. Hot. Bread. Yes.
Cheese is pretty damn great. Are you a fan? And if so, how do you do have your cheese?