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Abel & Cole Abergavenny Goat's Cheese

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      27.01.2010 15:58
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      A dinky little cheese to try-it's lovely!

      Little round Goats' cheeses can be found in many supermarkets, and buying any of the English varieties you get a much more mildly flavoured cheese than the French versions, which can be strong, and will certainly let you know of their existence if you leave them too long in the fridge!

      Recently I have been buying an organic Welsh goats' cheese called Abergavenny, which is a lovely soft cheese sold by Abel and Cole, the home delivery company that I use regularly. I have also purchased it from Ocado, the home delivery supermarket. It is made under the name Pant -Ysgawn Farm.

      It is made by Abergavenny Fine Foods which is owned by a gentleman called Tony Craske, who makes cows' milk cheeses too. Visitors to the local area can buy this cheese from the shop which is close to the farm, which is situated high in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Although originally the farm supplied all the milk for the cheese, now it is bought in from organic Welsh farms as demand has grown in recent years.

      The cheese came into being as a result of self sufficiency gone mad, as the idea to provide milk for the family from one goat soon became a herd, as the attributes of these adorable creatures became all too apparent!

      If you are unsure what to expect with a product like this you have to think of a spreadable cheese rather than one you would eat in slices, so it is perfect to serve with crackers or bread, and has a mild but salty taste. I always think little round goats' cheeses have a lovely clean taste, and this one is no exception. Of course they owe their polar white appearance to the milk which is a pure white, and incidentally makes beautiful double cream.

      Made from goats curd and salt and suitable for vegetarians. Per 100g it contains 275 calories and 22 g fat, and at the moment it is on offer at £1.75 for 100g, which makes this an ideal time to try it.

      Being a small round cake like shape it doesn't last long in our house, but if you did want to store it then wrap well and ideally consume within 3 days.

      My absolute favourite lunch is a stick of celery a couple of Welsh cakes (the variety I love are called Tan y Castell and are also made in Wales) and some of this delicious goat's cheese. The flavours compliment each other so well, and are ideal for a packed lunch with a difference. It also goes really well with those Hovis digestives, and if you can get them, Mckenzies Celery Biscuits, which we always buy from Tebay, the motorway service area farm shop in Westmorland when we go up to Scotland. These are really lovely spread with this cheese and also make an ideal lunch.

      If you like mild cheeses including Lancashire, Cheshire and Wensleydale then this cheese will delight!

      Abergavenny Fine Foods Ltd.,
      Blaenavon
      NP4 9RL.
      http://www.abergavennyfinefoods.co.uk/

      www.abelandcole.co.uk
      www.ocado.com

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