The Cheese Market | Review | Little Wallop and Organic Bath Blue

Review | The Cheese Market | Little Wallop | Organic Bath Blue

Product Review – Two Cheeses from ‘The Cheese Market’:

Little Wallop and Organic Bath Blue

I was recently contacted by The Cheese Market and asked whether I would like to review one of their cheeses.  They kindly offered for me to choose one from their website and I really liked the look of the Little Wallop.

My first pleasant surprise came, therefore, when they sent me not just the Little Wallop but also the Organic Bath Blue, plus some delicious Godminster Rosemary Water Biscuits to go with the cheeses.

I particularly liked the little touch of the ‘We hope you enjoy the cheese’ tag.

The Cheese Market | Review | Little Wallop and Organic Bath Blue

The cheeses were courier-delivered and came in solid cardboard packaging, clearly marked as perishable and with lots of padding inside the box (as well as ice packs) to protect and preserve the cheese.  So lots more ‘ticks’ there.

Onto the reviews of the cheeses themselves (the water biscuits were delicious, by the way, but much nicer to eat with just a bit of salted butter, rather than masking their delicious rosemary flavour with the addition of cheese):

Little Wallop

This cheese is described on ‘The Cheese Market’ website as  “a soft washed cheese. When young it has a subtle citrus flavour balanced with salt + a creamy aftertaste. As it ripens it has a slightly pungent smell & flavour due to the rind.

The one I received was lovely and ripe, with the characteristic slightly pungent smell, without being overpowering.  I always prefer the ‘gooey’ parts of goats’ cheese, found closest to the rind, but even the harder-textured centre was delicious.  The centre was less ‘goaty’ than the soft gooey bits nearer the rind.  The cheese has a lovely balanced flavour, with a hint of nuttiness and pungency and a distinctive ‘goatiness’ about it.  The vine leaves wrapped around the rind add an interesting dimension.  Almost reminicent of basil flavour, the dried vine leaves add a crunchy texture and a sweetness that balances the cheese beautifully.

The ‘Little Wallop’ is adorably named and definitely a treat to savour and enjoy.   At £7.50 for 140g it’s not a low-cost everyday treat, though.  But if you’re after a really classy, tasty little cheese to enjoy on its own, with biscuits or perhaps with a full-bodied red wine, then this is definitely one I’d recommend.  Make sure you leave it out of the fridge for at least 30 mins to soften to allow you to savour it at its best.

Review  The Cheese Market | Little Wallop

I particularly like the soft squishy bits!

Organic Bath Blue

I am quite picky about blue cheese and generally have a preference for lovely creamy Italian Gorgonzola, though I have eaten some delicious Blue Stilton on occasion.

Receiving this blue to review was an unexpected treat and boy, am I glad The Cheese Market sent me it!

This blue cheese is definitely not for the feint-hearted blue cheese beginner. According to the website description, “2014’s winner of the World’s Tastiest Cheese Awards is the magnificent Organic Bath Blue Cheese. Made by The Bath Soft Cheese company in Somerset with organic milk from their own cows and traditionally ripened for 8-10 weeks in their stone rooms.  This organic cheese is has a creamy blue veined taste. A must try for all blue cheese lovers + suitable for vegetarians.”

The Organic Bath Blue is strong and pungent, from its aroma to its flavour, it leaves you in no doubt about its character!  Rich in blue veins running throughout it, this cheese goes beyond pungency, however.  It even LOOKS creamy, as the white parts are not white; they are almost yellow and scream out ‘I am creamy’.  This cheese is rich and indulgent.  The creamy taste and texture complement the pungency to perfection.  A cheese to be savoured!  Again, not a low-cost treat at £7.95 for 250g, but it is so rich that its flavour goes a long way.  Definitely one you should try if you are a lover of blue cheese and very worthy of its World Champion Award at the World Cheese Awards.

Review | The Cheese Market | Organic Bath Blue

A World Champion of Cheeses!

I’d like to have something to recommend for improvement to give a more balanced review, but there was nothing I didn’t like about the cheeses.  The only thing I can say is that they are on the pricey side, but then you would expect to pay for this level of quality, not just quality of the cheeses but attention to detail in the packaging and delivery, too.  Outstanding!

*About my food reviews:

I received these products free of charge with a request to review them on my blog.  This is an honest product review and reflects my opinion (and those of my family members, who have also sampled the products).  I did not receive any payment in exchange for the review.  If you would like me to review your products, please contact me via Twitter, Facebook or E-mail in the first instance. Thank you 🙂

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Caribbean Coconut Fish Curry

Review | Seasoned Pioneers Poudre de Colombo | Caribbean Coconut Fish Curry

Product Review: Seasoned Pioneers “Poudre de Colombo” spice mix

In recipe recommended on the pack: “Caribbean chicken curry”

I was sent 2 spices sachets by ‘Seasoned Pioneers‘ for review.  Although the sachets are quite pocket-sized, they’re jam-packed full of spices and even after I’d used the 4 teaspoons called for in the recipe, it hardly looked like the quantity had reduced.

Seasoned PIoneers Spices

The packs of spices I was sent for review by ‘Seasoned Pioneers’

I decided to try the Caribbean ‘Poudre de Colombo‘ tonight and followed the recipe on the back of the pack.

Caribbean Fish Coconut Curry with Poudre de Colombo

The recipe on the back of the pack

The recipe was very quick and easy to follow.  We used halibut, which kept its shape well.  The only change I would have made was to cut the fish into chunks so that it gets coated more in the sauce, rather than cooking it in whole steaks.  In any case, it was mouthwateringly delicious and I’ll definitely be cooking it again!

Caribbean Coconut Fish Curry

I can’t wait to try the Shawarma Spices!

I wish I could give a balanced review by finding some points for improvement, but I can’t.  I absolutely loved the spice blend and the recipe.  And at £2.50 per 35g pack I think they offer excellent value for money, too.

Well done Seasoned Pioneers!

Dorset Cereals | Happiness Challenge

“Life begins at breakfast”…

…according to Dorset Cereals – so they’ve set me a ‘Breafkast Challenge’

The lovely people at Dorset Cereals have kindly sent me a load of Dorset Cereal goodies and set me a challenge – to sit down over breakfast and ponder happiness.

Well, as The Happiness Speaker and author of ‘Recipe for Happiness‘, I had to jump at this opportunity, of course!

Dorset Cereals | Happiness Begins at Breakfast

Over the past week or so, I have tucked into the wonderful breakfast goodies Dorset Cereals kindly sent me and made a point of taking time out to savour my breakfast and reflect.

On one such morning, as it was the weekend, I sat down with my eldest daughter, Charlie, and asked her what made her happy, too.  I was delighted by her answer:

Having nothing to do now I’ve finished my exams, and being able to have lots of lie-ins!

So many other teenagers who have finished their exams are already complaining of being bored, rather than ejoying the luxury of being able to relax, see their friends, sleep in the mornings and enjoy some well-earned rest.

Dorset Cereals with Raspberry Yoghurt

Dorset Cereals Raspberry & Apple Muesly with Easiyo Raspberries & Cream Yoghurt

 

Dorset Cereals with Toffee Yoghurt

Dorset Cereals ‘Simply Delicious Muesli’ with Easiyo Toffee Yoghurt

I’ve now sampled all the cereals I was sent and have enjoyed & savoured every mouthful.  I feel like I’m cheating a little as I talk and write about happiness all the time, but here are some of my TOP HAPPINESS BOOSTERS:

  • Gratitude – writing down 3 gratitudes per day
  • Savouring the little things/moments in life
  • Injecting energy into life – dance, sing, walk, go to the gym…whatever takes your fancy!  I’ve been going to the gym 3 times per week and exercising at home twice per week for the last 10 weeks and it’s made a huge difference to my energy levels, motivation and ability to focus on my work.
  • Accept that ‘stuff happens’ – not everything is under our control and trying to change that only leaves us frustrated
  • Ask for help!  You don’t have to do everything on your own.  Delegate, ask people to help you (emotionally, practically, financially) when you need it.  Asking for help is not a weakness, it’s a strength.
Gratitude is possibly THE most important happiness-booster, in my opinion.  Here are just a few of the gratitudes I pondered as I woke up this morning and over my delicious bowl of Dorset Cereals Honey Porridge:
  • Having wonderful friends (and having planned a fun day with a few of them and their children today)
  • Music (and having tickets to go and see Blondie live tonight!)
  • My health
  • Lovely people sending me free food to write about in my blog! 😉
  • My wonderful family
  • Having a roof over our heads and food on the table
  • My professional support network
Over to you!  What makes YOU happy?  Answers in comments, please 🙂

Disclosure: I was sent free full-size cereal packs by Dorset Cereals for the purpose of blogging about breakfast and happiness.  The opinions in this blog are my own.