All posts tagged: Lincolnshire Poacher

A Year in Cheese – Autumn. A Lincolnshire Poacher and an aged Gruyère

I love cheese. I love gin as well, but I particularly love cheese. I treated myself recently to the Guarneri Brothers (of London Fromagerie, Androuet) book “A Year in Cheese” which explores the seasonality of cheeses, suggests a cheese plate for each changing season and is illustrated with wonderful, quirky and innovative recipes to make the most of the cheeses (by Alessandro Grand). The East Midlands produces some wonderful cheeses, as indeed does England, indeed the British Isles is awash with wonderful cheeses and the increase in seasonality, regionality and artisan production means that the choice, variety and quality must surely never have been higher. So I have set myself a challenge, to explore our seasonal cheeses, inspired by the Guarneri Brothers’ book (well, that is my excuse). So  – why seasonal cheeses? Cheese is like wine, there are endless varieties, nuances of flavour, changes with age, the earth the vines are grown in, the type of grape, the weather, the geography and topography, the texture (ok wine is clearly “wet” but you get my …

Baking Bread – on the hottest Day of the Year

So, it was the hottest day of the year, and instead of grabbing a cold beer and the best spot on the decking – I was baking bread. But, hey, home-made bread is hard to better, eaten still slightly warm with a bit of salted Breton butter and a wedge of Lincolnshire Poacher. Bliss. I know that a bread-machine can be really useful, but it’s not the same is it? not in the eating of the end result and definitely not in the making of it. Kneading bread (even in the heat) is so therapeutic, either to assuage your anger or express your love, switching on a machine doesn’t really share the romance does it? Anyway, this recipe is so quick and easy, it is almost no effort. Makes 1  largish loaf. 500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting 1 tsp salt 7g sachet fast-action yeast 3 tbsp olive oil 300ml water Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, then add the oil and water, …