Supper club regulars will know that I love my cheese. At the end of every meal I serve a Welsh cheese board to go with coffee (if anyone isn’t already full!!). I love the rich variety of cheeses. The tastes, textures and added ingredients used to make them distinctive and unique. It never ceases to amaze me how many fantastic cheeses come from dairies within the Welsh borders; more than enough to keep a person happy for a year (at least!!)
It is inevitable then that my love of cheese spills over into all of my catering jobs including the lunch time cheese board now routinely served to the crew of the The Green Man festival. It was a huge hit last year and they loved our best-of-Welsh choices so of course it had to return with several new additions.
This year I was constantly being asked ‘what cheese is this?’
There were regular overheard conversations around the table about which was the best cheese, or which was the favourite
‘that one with the blue rind…which one is that?’ or ‘That green one is fantastic, that’s the best’ .
I reckon we should start a Green Man Welsh cheese club with the number of fans I have created.
At the end of my cooking stint this year I promised to make a list of all the cheeses I have served and where to buy them. At The Green Man Festival we source from the fantastic Cashells in Crickhowell; a fabulous deli, great choices of meat and cheese, lots of local produce (and a rather cute butcher too)….us girls know we’d be fools not to use them!
So here it is, the definitive Green Man cheese list….
Snowdon Black Bomber ( a strong creamy cheddar with a black wax rind. A regular on our cheese board and highly distinctive when used in a cheese sauce, macaroni cheese or as a topping for pasta and meat sauce. Beats any cheddar on flavour)
Snowdon Green thunder (that extremely popular green rind cheese with garlic and herbs)
Snowdon pickle power (cheddar cheese with pickled onion)
All of these are from the Snowdonia Cheese Company who have an online shop and sell widely across the UK.
Then there were Perl Wen (Brie) and Perl Las (blue cheese) from Caws Cenarth, Y Fenni (a cheddar with mustard seeds and ale, made very locally in Abergavenny) which is widely available in supermarkets across the UK, and several Blaenafon cheddar’s the most popular of which were the whisky and ginger (with the blue wax rind) and the taffy apple which we didn’t manage to get this year despite asking for it!! Last year we also served Gorwydd Caerphilly
So there you have it! Since I am already booked to return next year I’m sure there will be a few additions and I might even try a goats cheese!