The festive season is nearly upon us and, this year, ex-Strictly professional Camilla Dallerup, who’s currently starring in Panto as the Fairy Godmother, is joining forces with Red Tractor beef and lamb for a ‘Festive Fairies’ campaign to give Mums a helping hand with their Christmas preparations.
In many families, Mum plays the role of the Christmas fairy. If it weren’t for her efforts, Christmas just wouldn’t be a success. But, for many Mums, and plenty of Dads too, all they want at Christmas is their own festive fairy to help them with the cooking, shopping, wrapping and entertaining.
Camilla Dallerup says:
“Christmas was always a fantastic time in my house. There’s nothing quite like mum’s cooking at Christmas, my whole family always looked forward to it for ages before the day. Every year my mum used to say how much hard work goes into the Christmas preparations so that everyone can enjoy the day, and I only realised exactly how much time when we started having Christmas at my house! Mums always appreciate a helping hand, so in my role as Festive Fairy, I’ll be showing people how quick and easy it is to make great food for all the family, without the fuss.”
Camilla Dallerup cooks Steaks with Blue Cheese and Roasted Vegetables
The London Cheese & Wine Guide is the first ever guide to London’s top cheese and wine venues and reflects the increasing popularity of artisan cheese and quality wine in London.
London has an exceptional variety of cheese and wine venues to suit every occasion and budget. The London Cheese & Wine Guide features the best of these places and provides all the information you need to enjoy cheese and wine. This is the perfect book for any foodie or wine lover.
Editor of The London Cheese & Wine Guide, Lucy Gregory, says the aim of the Guide is to make cheese and wine accessible to everyone.
“We want to shake off the traditional image of snobbery that tends to accompany cheese and wine in the UK”, Lucy said. “You don’t need to spend a fortune or be an expert to appreciate good cheese and wine. You just need to know where to look and be confident in asking for specialist advice.”
Esteemed wine writer Matthew Jukes says “when it comes to cheese and wine in London, the sheer amount of choice can be daunting. This means good advice is essential. The experts behind this book have the peerless knowledge to lead you around the capital with unerring accuracy and into the arms of the finest purveyors of cheese and wine.”
It is British Cheese Week 2012. A perfect excuse for eating cheese! We are not talking about those stretchy strings or vacuum packed plastic but artisanal and handcrafted cheese; one of the greatest pleasures and most interesting facet of the UK food scene.
Take Appleby’s of rural Shropshire. Farming and cheese making have been a way of life for the Appleby family for several generations. The cheese making has changed little since Appleby’s cheese was first made at Hawkstone Abbey Farm in 1952.
The Appleby’s work closely as a family to produce, sell and support Appleby’s Cheshire, Appleby’s Smoked and Appleby’s Double Gloucester. The traditional Cheshire Cheese recipe has been handed down through the Appleby family and now the third generation of Appleby’s, Paul, his wife Sarah and sister Clare, are fully involved in the business. Meanwhile, the second generation, Edward and Christine, still support the business. Paul has been working alongside his parents, Edward and Christine, learning the art of farming and cheesemaking. He is supported in the dairy by Garry Gray, the Head Cheesemaker and by the team on the farm. Clare has responsibility for Marketing and Business Development. Cheese is a part of the Appleby family!
The cheeses Appleby’s produce are consistent award winners. This year at the Cheshire show they were awarded two Trophies and their Cheshire and Smoked won Gold Stars at the Great Taste Awards 2012. This year they are celebrating 60 years of quality cheese making.
Boris Johnsonand Ken Livingstone have been created out of Mini Babybel cheese by miniature artist Aidan Campbell who has a rather unusual love for the cheese! Aidan decided to create the two politicians in time for the Mayoral elections tomorrow.
Each cheese took approximately six hours to create
The artist, Aidan Campbell, worked his way through over 50 cheeses to achieve the perfect likeness of Boris and Ken
Aidan spent 77 hours on the Boris and Ken (and rejected) cheeses until he felt he reached the final product
Carving the cheese was more challenging than first thought – typing in boxing gloves comes to mind!
The tools of the trade to create the Mini Babybel artworks are nothing more than a surgeon’s scalpel and an old needle in a bent bit of wood for a handle, heated in a candle flame if needed to melt, blend and re-adhere more small bits of wax to correct mistakes
Holding the Mini Babybel cheeses for more than about ten minutes generated enough heat to soften the wax, so it was repeated stints in and out of the fridge working on three cheeses at a time, one in hand and two in the fridge
The organisers of the prestigious World Cheese Awards, once again being held at the BBC Good Food Show Winter, have announced today that they are offering 1 lucky member of the public the chance to be on the judging panel.
The awards are the largest and most diverse cheese competition in the world receiving more entries from more countries than any other awards totalling more than 40 tonnes of cheese. The competition winner will join an international panel of judges comprised of expert members of the cheese-makers and chefs community as well cheese-loving celebrities, which last year included pop star turned cheese maker Alex James and top chef Antony Worrall-Thompson.
John Farrand, Guild of Fine Food, organisers of the World Cheese Awards, says “We are delighted to be coming back to the BBC Good Food Show Winter for another year. The Show is visited by tens of thousands of food enthusiasts and this year we are so excited to be giving one of them the opportunity to get an inside view and join the judges panel for the day.”
To win a place on the judging panel of the World Cheese Awards simply tell us what you would have on your ideal Christmas cheeseboard? Are you a fan of a simple Brie or would you go more adventurous with a Tyrolean Grey Cheese? Whatever your favourite fromage your cheese board must have at least 5 cheeses on it to qualify. The judges will be looking for originality, diversity, knowledge and above all 5 cheeses that will work well together.