Enjoy The Perfect Night In - With Cheese!
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Research has long shown that we Brits rather enjoy battening down the hatches, snuggling up on the sofa and enjoying a cosy night at home, especially when the nights draw in and temperatures plummet. Even without the restrictions of 2020, many of us will opt out of going out, or even make excuses, preferring to chill inside our own four walls with those whose company we most enjoy.
So what makes a perfect night in, especially in the lead up to Christmas? Is it a romantic, date night carpet picnic and some quality conversation with your significant other, a competitive, raucous round of board games with the children, or a delicious dinner in your PJs followed by a movie night and total chill? One thing’s for certain, whatever you choose to do, food will be on the menu, so what about cheese?
Traditionally served as part of a multi-course meal and after the dessert, a good cheese board is so much more, and a truly inspired, stand-alone choice too, particularly if you and yours are die-hard foodies and better still, cheese lovers. It’s a chance to sample local artisan specialities when conventional supermarket cheese doesn’t cut it, and an irresistible opportunity to experiment with combinations of cheese flavours and textures – some of them divinely out of the ordinary.
Our online treasure trove shop is stocked with a mouth-watering array of British-made, farm-produced cheeses which pack a punch in terms of flavour. Add our melt in the mouth savoury and sweet biscuits, our proper Bungay or Maryland Farmhouse butters, our luxury succulent pates and rillettes from the Cornish Charcuterie and our heavenly chutneys, rich in real fruit and subtle spices, and you’ll have a stay at home dining experience to relish.
Here at Truckle HQ, we recommend your Christmas cheese board includes something hard, something soft, something blue, something special and something sweet.
So, we’ve put together a cheese board recipe which includes the flavoursome 400g English Farmhouse Mature Cheddar, 225g of creamy Blue Shropshire or Blue Stilton, the luxurious Baron Bigod Brie de Meaux style cheese, the 460g vintage Lancashire ‘bomb’ cheese, a 200g crumbly Wensleydale infused with lemon and honey, one packet each of 15 Orkney Bakery Caramelised Onion and Smoked Cheese Biscuits and a jar of onion marmalade.
We think it’s the perfect festive cheese feast.
You can’t beat a cheeky tipple to wash down an adults only cheese feast, and as part of our customer service, we’ve been experimenting with a whole host of tipples to help you decide what drinks will best complement your Truckle Cheese Board!
When it comes to the English Farmhouse Mature Cheddar and the Lancashire Bomb, a full-bodied Chardonnay like Chablis, or a punchy Claret or a Rioja work best, although Cabernet Sauvignon is always a good bet too, as it matches the strong flavour of aged cheddar cheese. Don’t limit the choice to wine though, vintage cheddars are perfect bedfellows for chilled craft beers, sparkling cider and even bitter.
For Blue Cheese, a nice drop of red Rioja or a glass of ruby port are the most conventional options, but Shropshire Blue works well with a sweet wine such as Sauternes, a sweet or medium cider, fruity or craft beers and even flavoured gins.
Baron Bigod, paired either with a dry white Burgundy or a medium bodied mature Margaux or Pinot Noir is exquisite, but why not try it with a nice sparkling cider, or even better, push the boat out and opt for champagne, because the crisp and pleasant sensation of the bubbles contrasts beautifully with the thick creaminess of the Brie. It is Christmas after all …
The crumbly Wensleydale is great with the New World Sauvignon Blancs or Chardonnays, to complement the tanginess of the cheese, or with something like the South African Painted Wolf Viognier to complement the honey undertones.
We think that might just be ‘The Perfect Night In’ for cheese lovers sorted.