BRC Issue 6

Hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and there’s still New Year’s to go. I have had a fairly low key Christmas: cooked a huge joint of beef on Christmas Eve which we have been munching cold ever since, with pickles and left over stuffings and bread sauce and in luscious sandwiches made with bread from a new bread maker – …

Create the Ultimate Christmas Cheese Board with Delicious Yorkshire Cheeses from Yorkshire Life

This is an article filched from Yorkshire Life, in which we get an honourable mention.  Also mentioned are our friends Wensleydale Dairy, Shepherds Purse and Simon Lacey – who would have thought there were so many cheese makers within such a small radius! ‘A meal without cheese is a one-eyed beauty,’ wrote French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, and it’s pretty …

Christmas Finally Arrives

Wow, it has been a slow one.  The last three Christmas’ have all been very different in terms of timing and quantities. We were extremely busy this November  – a record month in over three years and then it went very quiet…far too quiet. We had several mad waxing days to ensure that we had enough waxed and smoked stock …

Cheese Hampers

What do you get for someone who has everything?  Cheese, of course! We have just had one customer who has taken 15 x £15 cheese baskets and we are increasingly asked by people how much our cheese hampers or baskets are. We can make them up from about £10 – £40 by increasing or varying the number of cheeses and chutneys or …

Our 201st Blog Post and almost 26,000 hits in 19 months

Our lack of a website prompted me back in May 2010 to develop this blog. I do not regret not having a website as I feel there is far more information on this blog about who we are and what we do than a website could offer, which is static.  I am sure that marketeers would wholeheartedly disagree with me, …

Cheese Blog: www.cheesechap.com

A new blog all about cheese has crept on to the scene in the form of The Cheese Chap. Our friend and food journalist Patrick McGuigan has started a new blog dedicated to cheese.  His most recent post reviews a piece of Tomme de Savoie, so if you want an informed view on cheese tasting, take a look! This is …

Our Sheep Milk Supplier Wins Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year 2011

Well done Simon!  Congratulations are well due to Simon and his father, John Stott, for winning Sheep Farmer of the Year 2011.  I spoke to Simon yesterday, to agree our 2012 sheep’s milk ‘quota’ and Simon told me that there were 135 entries.  He got whittled down to the final three and would have been pleased enough with that, but to …

Could viruses have been created by extra terrestrials?

We receive a few comments on our blog and I thought this one may interest readers. A while back, we wrote about phage and I sneaked an unauthorised picture of a phage virus into the post.  This picture has been picked up by another thread called Could Viruses have been created by extra terrestrials  where a gentleman has suggested that our …

Cheese Tasting at Country Harvest

Last Wednesday, I attended Country Harvest’s annual Extravaganza.  It is an annual bash that involves many of the local suppliers.  We were there as were Pearson’s butchers from Ingleton who now have their own counter at Country Harvest together with a smokehouse from Liverpool who were on hand with little wooden spoons containing tasty morsels of smoked salmon. I took …