After the Christmas period we always have a load of festive food that remains to be consumed; dates, dried figs, nuts, cheese and alcohol. Pan de higo, a Spanish cake that requires no eggs, flour or baking is a great way to make use of some of these ingredients. It’s traditionally made with figs, almonds, brandy and spices and is an excellent accompaniment to cheese & biscuits – especially Manchego, a Spanish cheese made with ewes’ milk – and a little glass of fino sherry!
We were having our end of day glass of wine with some amazing cheese, wondering what to write for this week’s blog post… why not talk about cheese? We do love a bit of cheese in this house!
Of course you need something to store it in…
…to cut it on…
…and to serve it upon
Todmorden now has its own cheese-maker called Pextenement Cheese Co. They produce a lovely cheese called East Lee Soft – it’s absolutely perfect with crackers or oatcakes. We’re looking forward to trying the cheddar and Camembert-style cheeses they’re currently developing.
We’re quite well served with cheese retailers in our area. Special mention must go to The Cheese Place in Haworth. It’s about half an hour’s drive away, but well worth the trip. Friendly, knowledgeable owners – and great cheese.
So if we’re ever undecided as to which direction to head out… we think of those wise words from Wallace – “Gromit, that’s it… cheese… we’ll go somewhere where there’s cheese!”