I do love the Cheese, Please! Challenge. The first month was perhaps a tad underwhelming, with only myself and one other person submitting recipes (and I seem to remember allowing them to cheat). Since then, more than fifty bloggers have submitted their lovely recipes in reward for nothing more than sharing them with others and the occasional tweet from me. But this month, I’m excited to announce that there’s a prize, woo-hoo!
One lucky cheesy cook will win one of artisan cheese-maker Godminster’s lovely new gift sets called ‘Heart to Heart’ – what better cheesy Valentine’s gift? Godminster Farm use organic milk from their own Somerset herd to produce a range of cheeses and this gift set pairs their famous burgundy heart-shaped Vintage Organic Cheddar (made with a 70-year-old recipe and matured for 12-14 months) with a new product, their Organic Heart Brie. And to stand a chance of snaffling it, all you have to do is share a blog recipe under the theme ‘Cheesy Romance’.
Of course, romantic food means different things to different people. For some, it’s nothing less than the full works: red roses, champagne and a trip up the Oxo Tower (well, probably The Shard these days…) For others, it’s sharing a bag of hot, salty chips under canvas whilst the rain lashes down outside. For a former flat-mate of my sister’s, it involved making a raspberry jelly in the shape of genitalia and covering it in squirty cream. So interpret ‘romantic’ how you will.
It could be that the ingredients spell romance (cheese and oysters anyone?), the presentation gets all Marvin Gaye on us (steady on, no jelly and certainly no cheese-flavoured body paint), or perhaps there’s a story behind a particular cheesy dish that will warm our cockles (although bear in mind that saying, ‘I’m submitting a cheeseburger recipe because I once got off with someone on a nightbus that I’d just met in McDonald’s’ is unlikely to make a judge feel warm and fuzzy). Recipes can be sweet or savoury, snacks or meals, starters or puds, as long as they contain the vital ingredients of CHEESE and LURVE.
Want to take part in February’s Cheese, Please! Recipe Blog Challenge? The usual rules apply which can be found here.
Write a recipe post under the theme ‘Cheesy Romance’ and post it on your blog or website. To be eligible for the competition, recipes must be submitted by midnight on February 26th 2014. The winner will be announced on February 27th 2014. The winner must send their address details to me to pass on to Godminster so that they can post your prize; we promise not to keep them or do anything sinister with them.
The competition is only open to residents of the UK mainland – because if you post cheese further than that it goes a bit wrong. This makes me feel a bit sad and guilty for my lovely overseas Cheese, Please! Challengers. I hope you will still share recipes and next month I promise to come up with a postie-friendly prize🙂
There will only be one winner. Judge’s decision is final.
A link to this post and the Cheese, Please! button (code below) should be included in your post.
You can also tweet the link to me @fromhomage or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org then I will pick it up and post a link on this page.
*Adopts Barry White voice* Show me your cheesy love!
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Entries so far:
Strawberry Caprese Crostini
Hot Dog and Cheese Valentine Canapes
Brie and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
Chocolate and Cheese Truffles
Spinach, Cheddar and Sweet Potato Waffles
Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Muffins
Ricotta, Aubergine, Prosciutto and Tomato Salad
Cheese Soufflé with Anchovy Essence
Nettle and Herb Focaccia with Mozzarella
Duck Hearts and Parmesan Risotto
Cheesy Potato Farls
Healthy Hearts for Your Valentine
Savoury Plum Tart