Camel Cheese

Yes, really, it exists!  I was reading through a copy of that august magazine, Dairy Industries International Jan 2013 and found an article about camel cheese culture from Hansens.  Apparently, Hansens (the starter culture and rennet people) and a Kenyan company have started a project aiming to improve the living conditions of small scale camel owners.  I did not know that there were camels …

Snow Like I have Never Seen It

I have lived through six winters up here and not seen snow like this before.  I just woke up with a jolt from a little snooze on the settee, as you do, on a Friday night, realising that I had not tucked the pigs in. I went to my conservatory door  only to find a 3ft snow drift against it. …

Traceability: cheese and Horsegate

Like some, I have been following the latest food ‘scandal’ with interest.  Horsegate is an interesting one; selling horse meat in this country is not illegal, not labelling it as such is illegal.  We seem to have a peculiar cultural attitude towards the idea of eating horse, yet it is regularly eaten in France and continental Europe, in fact, I ate horse meat with cous …

First Sheep Make of 2013

I know, we always say that we never make cheese on a Friday.  This is true except for sheep cheese.  We are due five deliveries of sheep’s milk this year which arrive on a Thursday and we process the following day, on a Friday.  This year, Simon, the owner of Sheep Milk UK or SMUK has bought a baby tanker that holds …

Snow Stopped Play, Monday 21st Jan 2013

Apart from the snow we had in early December, we had our first January snow last Saturday, 12th Jan 2013.  The snow at my place is still very much here from then.  We were forecast a load of snow on Friday, but it did not happen.  Last night at around midnight, my goodness, did it snow!  Not just here, near …