I can’t imagine a world without cheese. It would be a far less delicious place. Today, I wanted to share three great recipes that you may have missed. And an offer that’s hard to refuse.
The first recipe is for the “ Diva of Grilled Cheese” from the doyenne of the late lamented Gourmet Magazine, one of the truly great food writers of our age, Ruth Reichl. What’s more timely than a Grilled Cheese Sandwich and the requisite bowl of Cream of Tomato soup to go along with it? I’d let winter flare up again just to comfort myself with this spectacular and so simply prepared meal. Click on the picture for the recipe.
Click on the photo for a Tart made with Cheddar Cheese and Onion Marmalade. If you’re a long-term fan of The Great British Baking Show, you likely can never forget Nadiya Hussain who won in 2015, the show’s sixth season. Nadiya is the British born daughter of Bangladeshi parents who has embraced British food from one end of the country to the other. Flying to Europe, I was so pleased to see that in the video offerings, Nadiya’s own program “Nadiya’s British Food Adventure”. This was especially timely as I was on my way to England to join my Cheese Journey, the one I’ve extensively written about here and elsewhere. And Cheese Journey has an adventure with you in mind…read on.
Finally there’s the third recipe which came straight out of the kitchen on my Cheddar Odyssey. Chef Musa Frances was one of two chefs who prepared absolutely extraordinary meals on our Cheddar Odyssey through Devon and Somerset. His Broccoli and Blue Cheese soup is just one example. If you’re mad for cheese, I could even see serving the soup with Ruth Reichl’s Diva of Grilled Cheese or alongside a slice of Nadiya’s tart. For the soup recipe, click on the photo.
Now about the trip…Anna Juhl is embarking on a new itinerary this spring. Just in time for Tulip season, she will head out on a comprehensive tour of the Land of Gouda, that magical place called Holland. As with all Anna’s tours, they’re all about so much more than cheese. And if you’ve never experienced Amsterdam, you just cannot let this one go by. There’s even a very sizeable discount for a very limited time.
Gouda is the name used for numerous cheeses produced in the Netherlands. It’s one of the world’s most popular cheeses. It dates back to 1184, making it one of the oldest cheeses on record that is still being made today. The cheese is named about the city of Gouda, not because it was made there, but because it was traded there. In the Middle Ages, Dutch cities could obtain monopolies on certain goods. Gouda ended up with the market rights on cheese. All the cheese in the entire country had to be brought to the market in Gouda to be sold. There was a guild of cheese-porters identified by differently colored straw hats that carried the cheese on barrows. The buyers sampled the cheese, negotiated a price. This was done with a ritual ‘handieklap’ in which buyers and sellers clap hands and shout prices. Then the cheese went to the weighing house and the sale was completed.
Participants in Cheese Journey’s Dutch treat, will visit the Alkmaar Cheese Market for the most Dutch of Cheese Experiences. Filled with mountains of cheese, vendors and cheese porters hauling wheels of Gouda, you’ll experience a part of cheese history dating back over 500 years! To see every wonderful experience you’ll have on this very special tour, click here:
http://cheesejourneys.com/amsterdam-april-11-19-20191.html. Be sure to ask about the discount. And be sure to tell them Monte sent you.
And here are the recipes: