“Venezuelan Beaver Cheese?”

“Not today Sir, no”. Unfortunately for some perhaps I didn’t serve any Venezuelan Beaver Cheese at what I hope was a fabulous affair on Saturday night. That time of year has come around again when it’s time for me (and anyone who cares to join me) to celebrate my birthday.

To celebrate my 27 years on the planet, my initial intention had been to hold an apres-ski party until I was unable to come up with a way of decorating my house for the party in such as way as to create an apres-ski venue without cladding the walls. Something that I felt my father might not fully appreciate. In the end I decided to have a cheese party because I love cheese and as it’s my birthday… So a cheese party it was.

Now I’m fortunate enough to have some marvellous friends who own the best deli in the world, (Cannon and Cannon in Brixton and Borough Market) that specialises in the finest British cheese and charcuterie so as soon as I had made my decision I went to them to ask them to supply me some delicious cheeses. I had some general broad categories in mind for what I would like to offer my guests: Cheddar – in particular a cheese called Shipcord which isn’t a cheddar but is like a cheddar

Blue

Sheep

Goat

Soft

Cannon and Cannon went through my list and selected the following cheeses for me:

For the cheddar: Shipcord and an Isle of Mull Cheddar

For the blue and sheep: Dorset Blue Vinney and Devon Beenleigh Blue which also happens to be a sheep’s cheese

For the soft cheese: Berkshire Waterloo which is an amazing Brie style cheese, and Hampshire Tunworth cheese which is like a very ripe Camembert

For the goat: a Chabis and a Rosary

I also added a piece of Manchego, not because I was worried that there wouldn’t be enough cheese but because I really like Manchego.

To accompany the cheese I served a selection of breads including a delicious hazelnut and raisin bread, crackers, chutneys (tomato and chilli, apple and walnut, membrillo, apple and blackberry jam, and honey), nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans), fruits (figs, apples, pears, dried apricots), and of course, wine.

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