The perfect cheeseboard!

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Nick, our big cheese on the delicatessen counter here at Lobbs Farm Shop has put together her list of recommendations for the perfect cheese board this Christmas. Don’t be put off with Cheddar right at the very top, which everyone thinks they know, read on, she’s selected a cheddar that is really rather lovely and spot on for a special occasion. All of these cheeses and more are available to order at the Deli counter in the farm shop if you want to guarantee your particular choice.

Cheddar – For a taste of Christmas, choose Montgomery Cheddar with its roasted nut richness pushing through a mature cheddar tang. Made in Yeovil, Somerset, it has twice been awarded ‘Best Cheddar’ in the British Cheese Awards and has been a longstanding recognised official cheddar. *unpasteurised

Dorset Blue Vinny – In my opinion this is a winner with it’s complex strength and wonderful versatility. A crumbly semi soft texture gives in to a meltingly good flavour. Excellent on crackers or even in cooking. Made in Sturminster Newton, this is an unpasteurised cheese that’s suitable for vegetarians.

Brie – Chatel – Chatel is a great little brie with a rich and creamy flavour. It doesn’t have a pungent aroma like some but when ripe, it is a smooth and delightfully flavoured soft cheese. Made in Newquay, Cornwall and suitable for vegetarians. Pasteurised.

Goats – Vulscombe – It definitely has to be Vulscombe with cracked black pepper. This exquisite fresh and crumbly goats cheese simply dissolves on the tongue and is packed with flavour. A very presentable vegetarian pasteurised cheese. Also available plain or with herbs. Made in Tiverton.

Farmhouse – Garlic Yarg – A twist on traditional Nettle Yarg, the garlic version is slightly stronger with a creamy delicate garlic flavour. The cheese holds a little more moisture than nettle yarg and has a smoother texture. Made near Truro. Pasteurised and suitable for vegetarians.

Smoked – Snowdonia Smoked – An excellent cheddar on its own, Snowdonia have created this superb mature smoked variety that has a balanced blend of delicate smoke that hangs above the rich and creamy cheddar, making it a distinguished asset to a cheeseboard. Made in Rhyl, Wales. Pasteurised and vegetarian.

Great alternatives and special cheeses…

Somerset Rambler –  A sweet bouquet of delicate flavours in this Ewe’s milk cheddar. Mellow & complex.

Bowland – Christmas favourite, an enticing combination of apple, raisin and cinnamon for that festive feeling.

Sharpham Brie – A powerful and pungent brie with real character and excellent flavour.

Six Spires – A farmhouse unpasteurised hard cheese with an earthy, nutty flavour that’s great with crackers.

 

A guide to choosing your Turkey!

Phil, our head Butcher here at Lobbs Farm Shop has compiled a concise guide as to where the turkeys we sell for Christmas come from. It may be helpful in which turkey you may choose for that all important dinner! As a starting point for what weight to go for and how many it will feed, a 10lb bird will feed 4-5 people with some meat left over for Boxing Day. The great thing about buying a turkey from Lobbs or any other local butchery counter for that matter, is you can ask advice and have your turkey prepared how you wish.

  • Fernley Banbury and his son Richard rear turkeys on their traditional family farm outside Padstow. They produce around 2,000 turkeys and poultry each Christmas. They are predominantly white barn reared turkeys. White refers to the colour of the feathers.
  • South Torfrey Farm near Fowey : Their Organic poultry are housed in small wooden arks and are bedded daily on home grown straw. They are free to graze on the clover rich pastures in fields overlooking the Fowey River. They are dry-plucked on the farm and are hung for up to 2 weeks in a cold room for premium eating quality. Then hand-trussed with string and packed with giblets ready for the oven.
  • John Stacey and son Andrew farm at Widegates near Looe. A truly mixed family farm with vegetables, beef, pork, lamb as well as poultry. The day old chicks are purchased from Kelly Poultry, widely thought to be the best quality birds. All of John Stacey’s turkeys are free range bronze turkeys. Bronze refers to the colour of the feathers (as per the photo as the header of this post!)
  • This year we are introducing a new range of of budget turkeys (not budgies, as Phil helpfully points out!) They are Norfolk white birds, barn reared and start retailing at £6.98/kg or £3.16lb which is great deal!

You can order your turkey from us via our website www.lobbsfarmshop.com  The last day for Christmas internet orders is 4.30pm Sunday 16th December any later than this and we cannot guarantee availability or delivery. The last day for delivery will be on Wednesday, 19th December. You can contact our butchery department on 01726 844411 if you would like any advice when ordering.

Last day for Christmas Orders, 15th December

Just a notice to remind people heading over to our website http://www.lobbsfarmshop.com for their Christmas orders, all orders must be in by the 15th December for guaranteed delivery and availability in time for Christmas. Available from the website are Bronze Turkeys , gorgeous ribs of home reared Beef , legs of home reared lamb and of course a lovely range of Cornish and South West Cheeses and loads of other local produce. So get yourself over there for all your festive goodies!

Christmas Recipes

Just a reminder to you lot, you can find a lovely selection of Christmas recipes on this blog, from party food to Christmas dinner essentials. I’ll list them all here so you can get straight to what you’re looking for!
You can still order online in time for Christmas, you can do so here: www.lobbsfarmshop.com or give us a ring on 01726 844411

First of all, Christmas Dinner essentials…

Christmas Party Food….

Lovely sweet things for Christmas…

And finally, if you need some assistance with cooking times, you can find them all here on our Butchery Guide for Cooking

Brie and Cranberry Filo Parcels

Far and away our most searched for recipe on this blog is this one for Brie & Cranberry Filo Parcels. Its not hard to see why as it is completely delicious, simple to make & very popular party food. So here it is again, in time for the run up to Christmas. Visit the menu to the right of this page for lots of recipes, including a whole host of other Christmas trimmings and party food. If you’re needing something for the main event however, take a look at our website www.lobbsfarmshop.com for ordering the perfect goose, bronze turkey, duck, pheasant or rib of beef. We deliver across the UK. Or pop into the shop to place your order or give us a ring on 01726 844411

Brie & Cranberry Filo Parcels

Brush each pastry sheet with melted butter & place 3 sheets one on top of the other.  Cut into 4” square.  Place some squares into a bun tin 7 leave some flat on the surface.  Place 1 tspn of cranberry sauce & 2 cm piece of brie into the centre of each phyllo square.  In the bun tins bring the corners up to form a cone shape & twist together. Brush with a little melted butter then bake at 200°C for approx 10 mins.

To make cracker shape

Place 1 tspn of cranberry sauce & 2 cm piece of brie into the centre of each phyllo square. Fold one side over the cheese & sauce then fold over the opposite side. Pinch in either end & twist to form a cracker.

Brush with a little melted butter then bake at 200°C for approx 10 mins.

Christmas Food & Cake Decorating

Here’s a few photographs from Helen & Annie’s cookery demonstration on Saturday and links to some lovely recipes that were featured in the demo. The great thing about these recipes is that they’re easy to prepare well in advance and pop in the freezer for when you need them and they taste bloomin’ loverly! It was another lovely cookery demo, nice informal atmosphere, plenty of tea and coffee being served and of course, tasters of all the food being prepared. Follow these links for the recipes: Roly Poly Mince Pies, Poppy Seed & Stilton Biscuits, Truffles, Sausage Rolls with Caramelised Onions, Christmas Cream Liqueur and Smoked Mackerel Pate.

Above: Annie demonstrates the art of icing a cake properly.

Above: Helen rolls up the Roly-Poly mince pies

Above: roly poly mince pies, absolutely delicious

Above: stilton & poppy seed biscuits

Christmas Party Food & Cake Decorating

On Saturday 12th November there’ll be a lovely cookery demo with our very own Helen & Annie. Helen will be showing you how to make some delicious Christmas nibbly food for parties or just a bit of self indulgence! Annie will concentrate on decorating cakes for Christmas. It was a great demo last year, well attended and good fun with some great cakes beautifully decorated! So this year we’re doing it all over again, booking is essential as spaces are limited. Give Gill or Annie a ring at the Farm Shop for more information and bookings 01726 844411 meanwhile, here’s a couple of photos from last year:

 

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