Friday, 26 September 2014
At lunchtime I had a cheese salad. Salad at lunchtime is not unusual for me. Cheese at any time is quite the norm. I love cheese of all sorts. My salad cheese though is usually a seriously strong cheddar. Now I know that many of my friends are very sniffy about British cheese and Cheddar in particular. Well I'm not - so long as it is really tasty and some of the bog standard supermarket Cheddars are just that: including Pilgrims' choice Seriously Strong which I occasionally buy. So today when I tasted my cheese I was very surprised to find that it had virtually no flavour that my palate could discern. Then I looked at the packet and remembered that I'd bought it because its description was 'Wonderfully Strong and Punchy Extra Mature' but with 30% less fat. And therein lies the problem. As any chef will tell you, two of the most important flavour enhancers are fat and salt. So 30% less fat meant 100% less taste as far as I was concerned. I won't be buying that again.