That creamy food group made from milk (the other is chocolate). We all love cheese. Who can turn down a taste of tasty, a bit of blue, or a peck of pecorino? There are many ways to enjoy the mellow yellow or the bitey whitey. Here are a few I've thought of:
1. Eat it with wine and crackers. Sharp crumbly cheddar, smooth creamy camembert, or tangy aromatic blue. Sophisticated types might like to match their wine to their cheese of choice, but I reckon it all tastes great. Mind you, at the end of the day, anything with wine tastes great.
2. Melt it into a cheese and Vegemite toastie. Or in a ham and cheese croissant. These are staples in my house, and probably also in yours. How about pizza? Macaroni cheese? Or you could melt your milk fat in a big pot and make a savoury fondue. Great melting cheeses - mozzarella or Colby.
3. Grill it on the barbie. Never charred cheese on the hotplate? You need to try halloumi. Best. Cheese. Ever. Eat it as a slab with couscous, or in small cubes on lamb and vegetable kebabs.
4. Make it at Udder Delights, Hahndorf, in the Adelaide hills. There, you can learn how feta becomes camembert under the influence of white mould. Or if you really love your lactose, why not enrol at Tafe SA and make cheese a full-time profession?
6. Mix it with bacon, spring onion and sour cream to make the old dinner party staple 'cheese cob loaf.' Take one round loaf of bread, pull out centre, fill resulting hollow with cream cheese mixture, dip in chunks of bread, enjoy. And don't forget that mixing plenty of sugar with cream cheese creates the perfect icing for cakes and muffins.
7. Mouse it. The mice these days seemed to have wised up to the old cheese-in-trap trick, but if you've got an unwanted house guest, I'm sure it's worth a shot.
8. Mew it. I don't have a cat, but if I did, I would use cheese to teach it tricks. Cats like cheese. Apparently.
9. Give it the full Monty Python, that is. Use your cheese knowledge to recreate the famous Monty Python skit, 'The Cheese Shop' (but not your actual cheese - that would spoil all the fun).
Well that's my take. How about you? What's your favourite thing to do with cheese? Got a favourite flavour? Let me know by commenting below.
You can write incredibly terrible poetry about it - as James McIntyre did - he has the honour of being the second worst Scottish born poet in history (the top spot goes to William Topaz McGonnagall)
McIntyre wrote about one thing, and one thing only.
Yes, he was known as "The Chaucer of Cheese"