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  • When it comes to cheese, everybody knows that the traditional cheeseboard is the height of sophistication. A variety of cheeses can be paired with crackers, grapes and chutneys and of course a fine glass of wine. But is this all that cheese should be paired with? People eat lots of different cheeses all over the world – and have a different idea about what to accompany it with.

    We’ve put together some of the strangest cheese couplings we can find. From long held traditions to recommendations from cheese experts, they have to be seen to be believed. Would you dare to try any of these combinations?

    Cheese and Ice Cream

    So we’ve heard of cheese as a dessert, and ice cream as a pudding, but why on earth would you put them together? According to some cheese connoisseurs they’re the perfect match. Grating a salty hard cheese such as Pecorino Romano over creamy vanilla or caramel ice cream makes for a delectable dessert. It tastes just like salted caramel!

    Christmas Cake and Cheese

    In another sweet pairing in Yorkshire they like to eat cheese with fruit cake or traditional Christmas cake. The best cheese to pair it with is definitely Cheddar in our humble opinion, which is why our Cheese & Cake Combo Gift Sets go down so well. As they say in Yorkshire (and in the Godminster office) - ‘a cake without a cheese is like a hug without a squeeze’!

    Cheese and Chocolate

    This might seem like another unlikely combination, but apparently the flavours in chocolate and cheese are a match made in heaven. Dark chocolate is the best to pair up with your choice of cheese, as it brings out the fruity notes in the dairy delight. Cheese and chocolate pairing is now a thing, so look out for events which explain the tastiest combinations! Some of the UK’s fanciest restaurants are now serving chocolate and blue cheese martinis…(yes, a cheese pairing in a drink!)

    Blue Cheese and Pear

    You’d probably never think of putting these two ingredients together, but science tells us it works perfectly. The acidity of the pear and the fat and salt contained in the blue cheese combine to create a perfect flavour. Try savoury snacks such as salads or sandwiches, or mix blue cheese and pear into a tart for a dessert.

    Maple and Cheese

    Over in the States, artisan cheese lovers are pairing their cheese with maple products to give it a sweet and irresistible flavour. From maple syrups to apple drizzle and balsamic reduction, there’s a world of taste combinations to discover – and that’s without mentioning the many different cheeses you can try with it.

    What’s the strangest cheese pairing you’ve ever tasted?

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    For cheese lovers, summer means one thing: light, fresh dairy goodness! This warm weather makes us crave picnics, BBQs and al fresco dining on salads and pasta. The good news is that cheese fits perfectly into all of these summer meals. Whether you’re looking for a tasty topping for your pasta salad or a cheesy accompaniment at your garden party, we’ve listed some of the best cheeses to enjoy in the sun this summer.

    Cheeses for Summer – Top 5

    5. Burrata

    Fresh cheese is very trendy at the moment, and top of our list is the beautiful Italian burrata. Creamy and delicate, burrata has an oozing, soft middle which makes it perfect for eating in warm weather. Spread it onto freshly cut bread, serve with cold meats, use it as a lavish pizza topping or mix into a pasta salad.

    4. Brie

    Brie can be enjoyed all year round, but during the summer you can get really creative with this soft cheese. Grilled or baked brie is the perfect appetiser for summer parties, simply serve with pitta bread or other savoury nibbles and fruit. For an extra flavour extravaganza, try our Organic Brie with Garlic & Chive.

    3. Feta

    Mediterranean dishes are perfect in warm weather, and a staple ingredient in many of them is feta cheese. The salty flavour and crumbly texture of feta is the reason why it complements so many dishes, including the classic Greek salad. Add it to a range of meals including pastas, salads, pizzas and couscous or pack feta bites for a picnic.

    2. Gorgonzola

    As a blue-veined cheese, this Italian speciality offers a zingy bite which is a match made in heaven for summer dishes. It has a similar texture to feta so can be crumbled over salads and pasta, or cooked into risotto. Gorgonzola works well with crunchy apple slices for a fruity salad.

    1. Halloumi

    Undoubtedly one of the most popular cheeses of the moment, halloumi goes with almost anything. It’s topped our summer list because you simply can’t have a BBQ without grilled halloumi! Make halloumi skewers, add it to burgers or simply munch it straight off the barbecue.

    When the British weather is fine, take advantage by inviting friends and family over for a BBQ or garden party, using these recommended cheeses for summertime.

  • We never need an excuse to try a new recipe! Trying out a new recipe from The Tomato Stall team for a sumptuous Mac & Cheese was definitely a task we relished...

    Using a perfect combination of The Tomato Stall’s Organic Oak Smoked Isle of Wight Tomatoes and our very own Godminster Vintage Organic Cheddar this fabulous Mac & Cheese is a delightful twist on a mouth-watering classic.

    The Tomato Stall’s delicious tomatoes are grown on the sunny Isle of Wight using an entirely biodegradable growing system. All of their tomatoes are left to ripen on the vine and picked at their peak of flavour. We love that the pollination of all their plants is done by a team of bumblebees that are native to the UK. Check out their range on products here: http://www.thetomatostall.co.uk/shop/

     

     

     

     

  • The team at Godminster are celebrating today! Last night was the 2017 Western Gazette Business Awards and we won the Food & Drink Business of the Year award. We are honoured and humbled for the recognition within the industry.

    To continue the goodwill into the weekend we have decided to give away a 200g brie with every purchase in the Bruton shop over £5. So please come on down and see us! And there is a 20% off flash sale on our website!

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    We all know that cheese is extremely delicious – but there are plenty more reasons to enjoy it as part of your diet. We’re often told not to consume too many dairy products as they are high in fat, but there are also many nutritious rewards and wonderful health benefits of cheese. Aside from being packed with calcium and being an excellent source of protein, enjoying cheese has a wealth of surprising benefits – read on to find out more.

    Healthy mouth

    As cheese is a fantastic source of calcium, it’s no surprise that it can be attributed to healthy teeth. However, studies show it could be doing more to fight tooth decay. According to the Academy of General Dentistry in America, cheese creates a protective film around the teeth and makes the mouth more alkaline. A 2013 experiment showed that eating a daily portion of cheese was more effective in increasing pH levels than milk or yoghurt, which can prevent cavities and tooth decay.

    Healthy heart

    Researchers are also telling us that eating cheese is good for heart health. It’s all to do with cholesterol – eating cheese boosts the amount of good cholesterol in our bodies, which protects from cardiovascular diseases. With heart disease one of the biggest killers in the UK, a chunk of cheese a day could be the answer to a longer life.

    Cheese metabolism

    Other studies have found that consuming cheese may actually help people lose weight, contrary to popular belief. Cheese eaters have a different structure of bacteria in the gut, and higher levels of an acid which can increase energy, improve metabolism and event prevent obesity. This has been labelled the “cheese metabolism” and basically means you can enjoy cheese as part of a healthy diet guilt-free.

    Longer life

    Eating a lot of cheese has long been recognised as a way to live a long and healthy life – just look at the French paradox. Now recent research into liver health further supports this, according to Texas A & M University. The study found that eating aged cheeses such as cheddar and brie could boost life expectancy by up to 25%! This is down to a compound in cheese called spermidine, which helps to fight off liver cancer.

    These are just a few of the wide ranging health benefits of cheese. So if you need another reason to tuck into your favourite dairy delicacy, now you have it!

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    Brie is one of the most popular soft cheeses enjoyed in Europe and all over the world. A French delicacy for hundreds of years, the cheese is named after the region where it was first created. Creamy brie cheese can be eaten in a variety of ways, including spread over crackers on a cheese board, baked brie or grilled on top of your favourite meat.

    If you’re a self-confessed brie buff, then wouldn’t you like to know how it’s made? The process of making soft cheeses such as brie is very different to harder varieties like cheddar. Read on to find out how we make the rich and velvety texture of our organic brie at Godminster farm.

    It all starts with fresh milk

    Cheese is a dairy product made from milk, which means the quality of the cheese depends of the quality of the milk. At Godminster farm, we always start the cheese making process with the freshest organic milk from the farm’s resident cows which we then pasteurise using the latest equipment.

    Add the rennet

    To make the curd, vegetarian rennet is added into pasteurised milk and is then left to form a junket. This creates the delicious creamy texture that cheese connoisseurs love.

    Moulding

    From here it’s time to shape the cheese. The soft curds are poured in to the appropriate shaped moulds - including our lovely Heart-Shaped one!

    Salting and Ageing

    Different types of cheese require slightly different ways of salting. Our organic brie is immersed in a salt solution which has a number of different functions, including regulating the acidity of the cheese and ensuring it has that delicious flavour we're known for.

    From here, the brie rests for 7 days while it grows its 'fluffy jacket'. Allowing the cheese to mature is also important for the brie to develop its sumptuous texture and creamy flavour. Traditionally when brie was made in the Middle Ages, it was kept in cellars where these moulds naturally attached themselves.

     

    The best thing is once you receive your organic brie, it will continue to ripen so you can enjoy the cheese how you like it. From young and firm to runny and ripe, how do you enjoy yours?

  • It was wonderful to be part of this year’s Gold Hill Cheese Race at the Shaftesbury Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 14th May. Just watching the participants running up the steep cobbled street carrying the 45 - 55lb cheese made us want to have a rest (and eat some cheese!) A massive well done to everyone that took part, especially Rhys McGrath, the new Champion of the Hill with a record breaking time of 18.4 seconds!

    There was so much to see, smell and taste and luckily the sun shone throughout. According to festival organiser and local cheesemonger Charlie Turnbull from Turnbulls on the High Street in Shaftesbury, the race is a tribute to the local cheese industry and stems from the medieval cheesemakers, brewers, millers, and butchers that used to race to get their goods to the Abbey gates to be chosen by the Abbess for her High Table. The festival encapsulates everything local and fantastic about this part of the West Country and we are looking forward to next year!

     

  • Here at Godminster we are excited to be celebrating Somerset Day this Thursday 11th May!

    Our 1300 acres of farmland is set on the outskirts of Bruton, nestled in the heart of Somerset and as proud guardians of the land we are always looking for ways to give back to nature. We love our Somerset home and have devoted some of the fields on our farm in order to provide high quality forage (including clovers, vetches, chicory and ribwort plantain) for our cows. Over the years we’ve planted plenty of extra trees within our fields to help provide more shelter and shade during both rainy and sunny periods. By doing this we hope to increase natural habitats and in turn the biodiversity of our surrounding area as part of our commitment to organic. If you would like to read more about Godminster farm through the seasons click here.

    As part of recognising and showcasing the brilliance of our home county we will be hosting a cheese tasting in The Great House at Kilver Court on Thursday from 11am till 3pm. Like us, Kilver Court promotes organic, local produce and we are thrilled to be spending the day with them!

    Later that evening, we are donating a selection of our Handmade Organic Brie for the Somerset County Council’s 'A Celebration of Somerset Talent' dinner in Taunton. We are honoured to be involved and look forward to a fantastic evening :)

    Keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook & Instagram where we will be hosting a flash competition on Somerset Day itself to win a Godminster Organic Selection featuring a trio of our cheeses made right here in Somerset.

    As usual the Godminster shop will be open for business with plenty of cheese tastings for visitors to come and enjoy. We hope to see you there :)

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    Spring is here and summer is just around the corner – so it’s time to dig out that picnic blanket and head out into the great British outdoors. What do you like to include in your picnic basket? Champagne and strawberries are a given, but what fresh food and delicious snacks are a must when dining alfresco?

    It can be quite difficult to make healthy and heart-warming food which is also portable and will keep for a couple of hours in warm weather. Salads and sandwiches are a firm favourite for this reason, but with a bit of creativity in the kitchen you can be more adventurous! Whether you prefer a simple affair or a lavish lunch, we’ve put together a range of cheesy ideas for the great British picnic.

    Cheese and Pickle Sandwich

    The classic cheese and pickle sandwich is an oldie but a goody! Who can refuse a beautiful sandwich, made with fresh farmhouse brown bread and filled with homemade mature Cheddar and a lovely dollop of pickle? To upgrade the classic recipe, replace the Branston pickle with a fruity organic chutney for a fresh twist.

    Greek Feta Salad

    Nobody does fresh, summer delicacies quite like the Greeks. Light and crunchy, a feta salad is the perfect picnic choice. It’s also incredibly simple to make – just mix chopped tomatoes, cucumber and onions then add olives and crumbled feta. Add oil if desired and extra seasoning such as salt, pepper and oregano.

    Cheese Scones

    If you’re a master baker then you may want to prepare some fresh treats in advance. Follow a normal scone recipe, but instead of adding raisins add cheddar and parmesan to form the dough. These beautiful snacks taste even better outdoors!

    Bacon and Cheese Quiche

    Light and fluffy but also rather filling, a quiche is the perfect lunch food. Again this recipe requires a bit of preparation and cooking compared to a sandwich or salad, but it’s definitely worth it. This quiche uses bacon and onion in the recipe, however you can add anything you like to a quiche and make a vegetarian option if you wish.

    Cheese and Crackers

    If you don’t want a big meal or leave the house later in the afternoon, why not enjoy some simple cheese and crackers as an afternoon snack? Nothing beats gourmet rosemary crackers topped with light, flavoursome cheese and some fruity chutney.

    You’ve got your picnic food sorted, now we just have to depend on the British weather!

  • We've all got a favourite way to enjoy our brie, whether it's when it's firm and young or ripe enough to walk out the door!

    At Godminster we've tried to make it as easy as possible for our customers to know when best to enjoy their brie, which is why we've put a handy little chart on all of the cheeses in the Organic Brie range. It looks a bit like this:

    Back of Organic Brie with Use By and Chart Highlighted

    You can see the areas highlighted in pink in the above image – this will help you decide when best to eat your Godminster Organic Brie depending on your tastes.

    Remember to bring it up to room temperature for at least an hour before eating to give the brie time to warm up and taste its best!

    A Young Godminster Organic Brie

    Four to Six Weeks Prior to Use By Date: Your brie will be young & firm, with a chalkiness to it that makes it perfect for crumbling over your food or baking in a ceramic brie baker.

    A Medium Ripe Godminster Organic Brie

    Two to Four Weeks Prior to Use By Date: Your brie should be Medium Ripe by this stage. This means that it will have begun to ripen up around the edges and may have a slightly firm ‘core’ running through the middle.

    A Ripe Godminster Organic Brie

    One to Two Weeks Prior Use By Date: Your brie should be ripe at this point in its life and should be oozing and runny when at room temperature, making it great for eating on crusty bread.

     

    Whether you enjoy eating your Godminster Brie when it's young or when it's running out the door you can always find it online or featured in any of our amazing stockists.

    Don't forget to take a look at our recipe page where you can find out other ways to enjoy your Godminster Organic Brie no matter what age it is!