Wet socks and cheesy feet: making St Jude cheese with Julie Cheyney

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Wet socks and cheesy feet: making St Jude cheese with Julie Cheyney

"Slowly and gently" is the mantra by which Julie Cheyney makes her cheese, St Jude.  This pace and tone is evident immediately upon entering her cheese room in Bungay, Suffolk.  It was a real privilege to be invited for a hands-on visit to get a deeper understanding of what makes this beautiful little cheese so special.

Melted cheese: fondue supper club hosted by Alive with Flavour

Friday 8 March 2019

Melted cheese: fondue supper club hosted by Alive with Flavour

Melted cheese is always a winner and perfect for feeding a crowd be it with a bubbling pot of fondue or a molten wedge of Raclette. Gather your family and friends to recreate an evening of authentic après ski or branch out to share the joy of cheese with an Alpine themed supper club.

Life on the edge: a blog about cheese rinds

Friday 25 January 2019

Life on the edge: a blog about cheese rinds

Cheese lovers visiting our shops on the Suffolk Coast often ask about the different rinds they spot in our "wall of cheese" and namely are they edible? In this blog we're going to dig beneath the surface and investigate life on the edge of your cheese!

Cheese Storage Tips

Monday 29 October 2018

Storing cheese tips

It is really important to us that when you buy a piece of our cheese and take it home it remains in great condition for you to enjoy. Read this post for some top tips for storing your cheese, if it makes it as far as your fridge of course!

A visit to Norfolk White Lady

Thursday 25 October 2018

A visit to Norfolk White Lady

Given her exceptionally low public profile, I was intrigued and excited to visit local East Anglian cheese maker Jane Murray at her home in Deopham just outside Norwich. Read about our visit here.

Top tops for pairing cheese and wine

Thursday 25 October 2018

Pairing cheese and wine with top tips from Adnams Aldeburgh

We've caught up with the brilliant team over the road at Adnams Aldeburgh to learn their top tips for choosing wine to perfectly complement a cheeseboard from Slate.

A visit to the new maturing rooms at Neal’s Yard Dairy

Tuesday 26 June 2018

A visit to the new maturing rooms at Neal’s Yard Dairy

Neal’s Yard Dairy is a prominent name in the world of cheese. With three shops in London and a thriving wholesale and global export business, their work is linked by a common vision:  developing, curating, and delivering outstanding cheeses in excellent condition.

Stilton: Clare grading

Thursday 24 May 2018

A Stilton Masterclass

Stilton is a truly a British cheese, and protected by both its EU "Protected Designation of Origin" (PDO) status and registered trademark, this is the way it will stay. 

Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses visit

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses visit

Happy cows are at the heart of life on Whitegate Farm, the home of Katherine and Jason Salisbury and their Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses. On a beautiful sunny day, Clare arrived to visit just as their herd of fifty milking cows bounded out into the fields for the first time since October, immediately getting their heads down to enjoy the fresh spring grass.

Mardler John by goat shed

Monday 23 April 2018

"Mardling" about goats cheese

With its bright yellow wax coating, Norfolk Mardler is one of the most eye-catching cheeses we have in our "wall of cheese" at Slate.  On their recent cheese-making trip to Norfolk, Clare and John called into Fielding Cottage to find out more about how it is made.

Back to the classroom

Friday 23 February 2018

Back to the classroom

Last month saw Clare head back to the classroom for more cheese training, a slightly daunting prospect with several dozen cheeses on the tasting menu and an exam at the end of the day!

How to taste cheese

Tuesday 30 January 2018

How to taste cheese

Like wine, good cheese deserves thoughtful tasting. If you can resist the urge to just tuck in, here are tips on being a more discerning cheese lover.