Right - so it's back to school, back to work, back to reality and non-stop rushing around. Kids after school sports, that after work run in the fading sun or tidying up the garden after the latest windy rain! you want something easy to make, tasty to eat and healthy too.
Red Leicester sometimes gets a kicking in the cheese world - not as 'varietal' as Cheddar, a bit oily, tendency to go to rubber when grilled, but really it is a superb cheese, made properly, and a versatile ingredient in the kitchen.
We stock Belton's 'Red Fox', made in Whitchurch, matured for 12 months and with that crystalline crunch beloved of cheddars, as well as an unctuous taste all its own.
Roast Cauliflower Cheese
An easy and delicious take on cauliflower cheese makes the most of our foxy Red. This recipe has no flour, ditches the milk for a small amount of crème fraîche (or double cream) and can be cooked in the oven at the same time as you cook your main course.
1 cauliflower, cut into florets
1 red onion quartered and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
250g crème fraîche
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
100g Red Fox Leicester cheese, grated
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Toss the cauliflower and red onion in oil and seasoning and tip into a shallow oven proof dish. Put in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes until just cooked. Increase the oven temperature to 200C/gas mark 6.
Mix the crème fraîche or double cream with the mustard and half the cheese and season. Pour over the cauliflower (turning the florets gently) until coated and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese. Bake in the hot oven for 10 minutes until golden.
This goes beautifully with pork chops, sausages or even on its own with pasta or rice.
For those who prefer their cheese au naturale - try a 'Slightly Foxed' - a goodly chunk of Red Fox, a freshly picked tomato and a glass of Cambrian Gold - a beautiful end to a beautiful day.
Next month is a cheese tasting spectacular, as we celebrate Oswestry Apple Day on 19th October. Come and see us on the Bailey Head.