“ Brand: Président / Type: Cheese „
I have a bit of distressing news I need to share with you all. For some time now, I have been suffering with Cheese Alzheimer's. No, no, there's nothing that can be done; it's an incurable sickness but please don't worry about me. Of all the invented illnesses, it's probably the least serious.
The symptoms are very specific: I buy cheese and then forget I have it. Then, at some point around seven in the evening, I yearn for a nice bit of Stilton or a wodge of brie with a dollop of cranberry chutney on top and I loudly bemoan the fact that I don't have any. Somehow, you see, my memory banks have been erased of the fact that there's an entire fridge compartment bursting at the seams with cheddar, brie, halloumi, camembert, edam etc. I can even look in the fridge for cheese and be somehow blinded to its presence. And then, inevitably, the lovely dairy goodness goes hard or blue-mouldy and is either consigned to the dustbin (the dog) or the dustbin (the actual bin) depending on which state it achieves.
But help is at hand, and can be found in that emporium of made-up illness remedies, Tesco. If you meander down the dairy aisle (which is, weirdly, where my local Tesco keeps the salad) and stop at the bit devoted to Dairylea Dunkers and suchlike, you will find little net bags made by President, the people who are best known for producing butter with ideas above its station. In these little net bags are portion sized pieces of cheese. This is ideal for people with fromage forgetfulness as it doesn't matter too much if you leave them in the fridge for months at a time; since they're individually wrapped, they won't go off.
The selection isn't bad - in the last one I bought there was Camembert, Emmental, Rondele, a tub of Seriously Strong Spreadable (which I'm currently addicted to), and a Philadelphia style soft cheese without herbs. I think the selection is subject to slight variation, as I don't remember the inclusion of Seriously Strong Spreadable until comparatively recently. I've never yet had a blue cheese in the assortment although I have had goats' cheese and brie.
The portions are all decent sizes although definitely not enough for two, unless you're self-sacrificing to the point of idiocy. There tends to be enough for 3-4 crackers, 2 slices of baguette or two halves of a soda farl (obviously you can make the soft cheeses go further by spreading them more thinly).
The downside is the price: it costs £1.29 for 5 little pieces which definitely isn't a cost-effective way of eating cheese. However, it makes more economic sense than spending the same amount or more on a piece of really good brie and then letting it get so ripe that it trots out of the fridge by itself.
After all, the alternative is an evening without cheese. That's a fate too awful to think about.
I've always loved these little pick and mix bags of cheese because I like a change from cheddar and the mini cheeses are just enough to get a taste of something a bit more exciting.
This one from Tesco is quite new, I only noticed it a couple of weeks ago but have brought loads since then! lol You get 5 small pieces of cheese for £1.19 and I know that would work out expensive thinking about the size of these to full size blocks but this is a nice way to get a bit of a selection in the fridge without shelling out too much.
In this pack you get brie, camambert, rondelle, St Paulin and Societe Creme. The sizes range from 16g for the soft cheese up to 30g for the harder cheese.
I think all these cheeses in this pack are delish. There are 2 spreadable cheeses but they're the sorts that you can just eat on it's own if you don't feel like spreading it on crackers or anything. The rondelle cheese is gorgeous, it's got garlic and herbs in it and is dead soft and creamy. It reminds me of Boursin but tastes a bit posher because it tastes and feels creamier.
The St Paulin is a bit over rated I think and is just like a strong tasting cheddar, I know why they've put it in to make the pack appeal to everyone but for me it's deffo the most boring one in there.
The brie and camembert are both brill quality and taste proper nice, just as good as any of the full size blocks. This small piece is fine for me because I only like a taste of these cheeses because of the strong flavour so it saves me spending on a big block and ending up wasting half of it.
I recommend this pack of cheeses, even if you only buy it one time it's a good idea because it might show you cheese that you wouldn't have thought to buy before. I don't think the price is all that bad, we did a bit of shopping in Waitrose last month and they had a selection of cheese in a net like this and it was over £3.00..... that's why I didn't buy it! lol