The Blaenafon Cheddar Company, based in the World Heritage site of Blaenafon has a rather lovely flavoured cheddar which is now available from Radfords Fine Foods. Capel Newydd (New Chapel) is a waxed cheddar flavoured delicately with wine, elderflower, garlic and lemon thyme. If you've been off the cheesewagon since New Year, this cheese is the one to get you back on it.
Like all good things, good cheese should be eaten in moderation, but in its defence, good cheese is packed with lovely healthy fermented dairy, which is not only good for your tastebuds, but good for your tummy too. Cheese has been known for centuries to be a good digestif for your stomach.
So, don't grate it and wack into your mac'n'cheese. Wait for the right time, preferably evening and preferably when you are not going out. Good things come to those that wait, as you know. The taste is not at all overpowering, and would go well with a zesty dry white wine, such as an Albarino or a dryish reserve cider.
As with all cheeses, do take it out of the fridge to come to room temperature (about an hour) and make sure that the portion (see how good we are?) is out of any covering.
Its your first date with Capel Newydd. Don't get too fancy, don't spring grapes or apples onto the dainty morsel. Leave the chutney in the cupboard. Just you, the cheese and that special glass of white wine. Turn the tv off, settle in your favourite chair and just savour the experience of a well flavoured cheese, a sip of wine, an appreciation of the flavours singly and melded together. Enjoy the moment!
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A quick introduction - I'm John Waine, Director of TheBestOfOswestry. Having lived in this beautiful area for around 20 years now, I have decided to stay. :)
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