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Cheese of the month: Rosary (ssshh, it’s a goats cheese)

Steve and Caroline Ward bring you choice fromages…

You may blink and miss the English summertime, but you never know! We could be in for hot , balmy evenings and alfresco dining for weeks on end.

I write this now with the obligatory background noise of garden powertools and the smell of burning charcoal wafting through the freshly cleaned washing on the line.

The taste of a light, young goats cheese is as much the taste of summer as strawberries and cream. Rosary is a multi award winning such cheese. Made since 1988 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, Rosary has been a constant presence in our counter since day one.

It is bright, snow white and fluffy in texture. The rich full cream goats milk gives a depth of flavour which lasts well beyond the initial zesty freshness and the sprinkling of chopped herbs and wild garlic adds another flavour dimension.

This is the cheese you can give to someone who claims not to like goats cheese, then wait for them to tell you how delicious it is before you let them know which beast the milk comes from (there is a certain smug satisfaction to be got from this!)

It works equally as well on a cheese board as crumbled on a summer salad or used in a quiche.

Unlike most cheeses, Rosary is best served cool from the fridge and while Mrs Cheese is effing and jeffing at the neighbours for smoking out the washing I am un-corking a light dry yet fruity Loire valley Sauvignon blanc to go with the Rosary and sourdough crackers. Good grief ! I’m not becoming middle class am I?

www.stgilescheese.com

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