Taste is a funny old thing. It’s easy to assume that if you love something with a passion that everyone else does too. But, of course, it doesn’t work that way. Children are a prime example: you think that your children are inestimably clever and funny but the person sitting next to you on the train for two hours thinks they are badly-behaved and precocious. And so it seems to be with blue cheese. I adore it and my fridge is never without a hunk. We consume kilos of the stuff and even the
precocious children like it. So this month it was a shock to discover that lots of people don’t like blue cheese. Not only were there less recipes than usual but many people prefaced their blog post with ‘I don’t like blue cheese but…’ Nevertheless, several people gamely overcame their prejudices to cook up something lovely.
First along was Edibletcetera with a classic but delicious Sautéed Mushrooms with Garlic and Melted Stilton. Just crying out for some fresh, crusty dunking bread.
Next up was Food Jam to share some Stuffed Chicken Breasts. Chicken combined with cheese-loving salami, tomatoes, blue cheese and Emmental, it’s a hearty, tasty meal.
Determined to fly the flag for blue cheese everywhere, I made some Stilton, Rosemary and Walnut Shortbread. Like a biscuit but with cheese in it rather than on it (although you could always slather some extra on top…)
And then I was back again to fill what was looking like a blue cheese void, this time with Perl Las, Mushroom and Wild Leek Quiche. A Welsh cheese with mushrooms and the subtle garlicky taste of foraged wild leeks
The first blue-cheese hater to be lured out of the shadows was The Garden Deli who shared her Yorkshire Blue Scones, combining lovely Yorkshire Blue cheese with the classic French herbs – parsley, tarragon, chervil and chives.
Close behind was another afeared of the blue stuff, The Pink Rose Bakery with her Mushroom and Cornish Blue Cheese Tart. Mushrooms, tarragon and Cornish Blue come together in a beautifully gothic-looking fluted tart.
I really was starting to feel like the only blue cheese-lover in the world by now, which wasn’t eased by the appearance of inveterate Stilton-loather Food Day-Dreaming, confronting her worst fears with Caramelised Pear and Blue Cheese Crostini. Pears, honey and blue cheese on walnut bread – sounds heavenly to me.
Finally I was joined by someone who didn’t appear to loathe blue cheese and Flippenblog shared not one but two cheesy delights. First up was her Fig and Blue Cheese Parcels, figs combined with South African Blue Rock cheese in crispy filo parcels. Mouth-stoppingly good.
Then another classic combination, with Baked Figs and Blue Cheese, sweet and salty and gooey and marvellous.
And finally, Rhi’s Foodie Life brought us a dish for blue cheese lovers and hearty eaters everywhere, Beef, Beer and Blue Cheese Pie. Salty Stilton, chunks of beef and lashings of beer. What’s not to like?
A big thank you to everyone who shared their recipes this month, especially those who confronted their blue cheese fears just to enter Cheese, Please! I promise next month there will be nothing to be afraid of
Sardinian Maggot’s Cheese, anyone?