One of the great culinary joys of Christmas is sitting down with a nice glass of port and tucking into some wonderful cheeses – the stronger tasting the better as far as I’m concerned.
For most of my adult life that meant a nice chunk of Stilton, Cheddar and a Camembert or Brie as a soft cheese all served up with some crackers, chutney and pickled onions.
Stilton is by far the UK’s favourite cheese at Christmas
But nowadays a whole mini industry has grown around festive cheeses as the traditional final course on Christmas Day has grown into a much more sumptuous affair, with even more tantalizing creations to tempt our taste buds.
I have an admission to make. I’m a cheese-aholic.
It’s one of my favourite foods and like a fine wine or quality ale I love the complex tastes and many different varieties that can be found.
My absolute favourite is a wonderful, pungent soft French goat’s cheese called Banon that comes wrapped in chestnut leaves and is so runny that it is in danger of being re-classified as a liquid.
Now that’s what I call a proper cheese board
Great news for foodies across the UK.
Britain is becoming a nation of cheese connoisseurs. And it’s official.