I was lucky enough to receive a Cows and Co luxury hamper for Christmas from my daughter and my fellow cheese lover Matthew. Now, some of you may be detoxing but a portion of cheese can give you a healthy dose of calcium, protein, vitamin B12, zinc, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin K2, phosphorous, sodium, riboflavin and probiotics (“good” bacteria). So, it’s always a good time to get a bit cheesy!
Grab a cheese knife we’re going to explore my Cows and Co luxury hamper while I’ll share some ideas and recipes to use up every last truckle.
First thing to note is it’s packed to the brim with Cow and Co cheeses made from their single herd of Ayrshire cows. Other local brands nestle up to compliment these.
The hamper includes a lovely ceramic Brie Baker that’s been hand crafted by local Cumbrian potter Dave Norman.
Or, if you enjoy your brie unbaked, say with walnut halves and a drizzle of honey, just use it as a gorgeous storage pot.
If you do fancy a warm brie recipe, here’s a nice one from the Cow and Co web site – baked brie with garlic, chilli and rosemary.
Here’s another idea. My Roasted sweet potato with brie, walnuts and a citrus dressing. Delicious!!
When it came to the Scottish Blue, my husband insisted it had to be eaten simply.
Crunchy chunks of sourdough with a good red wine was all it needs.
But if you do want to try a recipe, how about this scrummy sounding Fillet Steak with Scottish Blue Sauce & Port Wine Sauce.
I normally always prefer a Vintage cheddar. So it was no surprise this was my favourite cheese in the hamper (well, the brie was also incredible). My favourite way to eat this was with a thin slice of Christmas cake. Believe me, it works so well!
I may have enjoyed a glass of Christmas pudding Madeira with each slice but that would be telling!
A wonderful way to enjoy the cheddars is also thickly grated on a vegetable and herb packed omelette.
James’s EGG Omelette is the recipe you need. Try it once and you’ll be making it agin and again.
The Cumberland Chutney and Red Onion Marmalade which are in the hamper (from Claire’s Handmade) add a tangy sweetness that cuts through the richness of the cheeses.
We also enjoyed the cheddar truckles simply, along with the chutney’s pilled on top of the crumbly oatcakes.
I love that you also get a really good coffee with a little box of quality choccies. It’s a box of Kennedys fine chocolates and Bruce & Luke’s vibrant ground Expresso Blend coffee (and they’re goood).
The chocolates are fun, indulgent, varied (and all for me).
Finally, it’s time for the gin! It’s from The Lakes Distillery and I’ve opted for elderberry tonic water and fresh blueberries over rocks of ice.
Cheers, you lovelies!!
Or as we’re celebrating the Cows and Co Luxury Hamper it’s tempting to say ‘Cheeeese!’.
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To get your hands on a Cows and Co luxury hamper
To get your hands on a hamper full of premium quality Artisan cheese, all made with the milk from a herd of Ayrshire cows in the beautiful Galloway hills in Dumfriesshire, plus extra goodies from high quality premium food and drink producers, click here: Cows and Co.