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What would you include in a cheese hamper?

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Annwithnoe Mon 13-Nov-17 10:01:13

I want to give my SIL a little luxury gift this Christmas, because she's had a very hard year and could do with a bit of tlc. She loves cheese so I'm thinking of a little hamper with a Camembert baking dish, Michel Roux's Cheese book, some crackers, chutney and 3-4 cheeses. I'm thinking a Camembert (obv), a nice smelly Stilton, but after that I'm not sure. Probably a hard cheese but not a cheddar.
If you're a cheese lover is there a particular one you'd recommend? Is it better to go for a plain cheese than one with bits (fruit/nettles) in it? And how much is too much?
there are stupid strict protocols for gifts in DH's family and adults don't buy gifts for each other but we have to buy for adult "children" hmm so I thought I could pass it off as a hostess gift because she will almost certainly do a family dinner over Christmas. I thought I could offer to bring the cheese grin I'm trying to hit that balance between bringing a course and pampering her a bit, without technically crossing the line that obligates her to buy me a gift in return. When she comes for dinner she'd probably bring me flowers or wine.
I should add that while some of the family will have a little cheese she would be the main enthusiast.

peachypetite Mon 13-Nov-17 10:04:56

Manchego is nice

Isadora2007 Mon 13-Nov-17 10:04:56

I can’t help with nice cheeses. But what about a good cheese slicer, wee knives (you get mice shaped ones!) a Ikea grater etc as well? Or a cheese board or dome?

singadream Mon 13-Nov-17 10:06:51

I think this is a really lovely idea (and I don't even like cheese). How about some very posh crackers too.

DonkeyOaty Mon 13-Nov-17 10:07:39

A really strong cheddar like Black Bomber. Phwooaaar. Comes in a little black wax jacket. (truckle)

Harlech cheese is epic if you want a different experience!

Mmmm cheese.

Annwithnoe Mon 13-Nov-17 10:12:02

Ooh I really like the idea of a cheese dome.
I may have to sample all these cheese suggestions myself first.

Heratnumber7 Mon 13-Nov-17 10:13:17

If she’s a cheese lover I wouldn’t bother with the Camembert baking dish. That’s sacrilege to a cheese connoisseur.

Dolcelatte is nice, and Blue Stilton is a must.
I’d also recommend you include a goat’s cheese.

EdithWeston Mon 13-Nov-17 10:13:31

I'd get a really good hard regional British cheese (probably a mature cheddar).

Then either one with bits in it, or a goat cheese, or a crumbly Wensleydale or Cheshire. And I'd include a quince paste (or similar)

camdentown17 Mon 13-Nov-17 10:24:20

I was also going to recommend manchego. Also as pp said, a really strong cheddar. Comte is also lovely. I wouldn't go for the cheeses with fruit in though, I really can't stand them as a cheese lover!

Bluebell9 Mon 13-Nov-17 10:29:05

Are there any Christmas markets near you? The one near me has a cheese stall with locally made cheeses. You can test them all before you buy too!

whiskyowl Mon 13-Nov-17 10:29:40

Find a really good cheese shop that you can go into and ask them to recommend their specialties. We can advise you generically - oh, get a cheddar, a stilton, a soft cheese, a fruity cheese, etc - but they will be able to say "We have this variety of hard Swiss cheese that is farmed in the Alps, and you can go to this video to see the actual cows and the cheesemakers, and it tastes like a meadow on a plate" and give you a sample to confirm that. And it will taste about 1000 times better than anything you can buy in even the posh supermarkets.

Get loads of crackers of different kinds too - you can get different varieties that suit different types of cheese. And a couple of jars of chutney.

confusedandemployed Mon 13-Nov-17 10:32:27

A lovely Lagioule (sp?) cheese knife.

Black bomber cheddar or Old Amsterdam gouda. Epoisses.

confusedandemployed Mon 13-Nov-17 10:33:10

If You're anywhere near Swansea there's ab amazing cheese stall in the market. Good cheese shop in Tetbury too.

LordSugarWillSeeYouNow Mon 13-Nov-17 10:34:00

Cheese grin

Sorry op! I only like Dairylea

AngelsWithSilverWings Mon 13-Nov-17 10:40:47

Comte and Brie de Meaux are a must on my cheeseboard. Black bomber is nice too.

Godminster cheese is great.

My absolute favourite is a cheese called Langres - larger Waitrose stores and specialist cheese shops usually sell it.

There is a company called Pong who do cheese hampers ( I've been the happy recipient of two of them) so you could look at their hamper selections to get an idea of the different cheeses to include. If you click on a particular hamper it lists the cheeses and a description.

I would always add a caramelised red onion chutney and some nice posh crackers.

It's also a nice tradition to include a really good rich fruit cake to be eaten with the cheese.

I have to say I wouldn't be bothered with a baked Camembert.

Cheese hampers are the best gift ever!

AmethystRaven Mon 13-Nov-17 10:46:31

Cheese feasts for me must include Stilton, brie and caramelised red onion chutney. Not fussed on cheddar. A garlic and herb roule is nice too. Lovely idea smile

millifiori Mon 13-Nov-17 10:54:08

I'd go for Blue Stilton, Chewton's or Black Wax cheddar, Pie D'Anglois soft French cheese (like Camembert but really creamy) and then maybe a novelty cheese like Gouda with caraway seeds in it or Cheshire with cranberries. Fudge's brand crackers with walnuts in and another with seeds in/on. Classic Carr's water biscuits, cheese slicer, good chutneys.
I want one now, and I'm not even that crazy on cheese.

Wh0KnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Mon 13-Nov-17 10:57:10

I love blue cheese but am not keen on Stilton, I prefer gorgonzola, dolcelatte or if I can find it Oxford Blue. Instead of camembert I would go for something stronger like Tunworth (from Hampshire). I also love Black Bomber and Lancashire Bomb. If you can get to a specialist cheese shop or decent farmshop then you can try some and get advice there. I wouldn't bother with cheese knives, graters etc, chances are she'll either already have them or not use them - we were given a fancy cheese knife set as a wedding present but it never got used despite us being big cheese fans.

Annwithnoe Mon 13-Nov-17 12:17:57

Scribbling furiously to note all this down grin great suggestions. I might pop in to a cheesemonger this week for a chat and to guzzle some samples and then order it to be delivered closer to Christmas. I don't think I could brave the crowds closer to Christmas. How long will cheese last?

Sticking with the baked Camembert as I served that as a starter months ago and she said that she loved it but maybe she was just being polite and covering up her horror

Heratnumber7 Mon 13-Nov-17 12:46:47

She was probably covering up her horror!

Camembert is overrated IMO. Baked Camembert is a fad.

Oogle Mon 13-Nov-17 13:01:33

Pie d'Angloys is my absolute favourite cheese.
Also love Comte, Langres & Epoisses. You can't go wrong with a good chunk of Stilton or Saint Agur either.
I served all of the above at a dinner party recently and they were all well received. I got them all from Tesco.

I love posh crackers but my guilty pleasure is a gooey stinky cheese on hovis digestive crackers grin

Ishouldbedoingsomething Mon 13-Nov-17 13:09:37

Ginger nuts and cheddar is also lovely but obviously can’t tell anyone that

Truffle cheese is lovely. How about a small cheese fondue set - I think they are coming back into fashion in the uk - I am in Switzerland where they have never gone out of fashion.

Annwithnoe Mon 13-Nov-17 13:25:33

Wait! Pie d'Angloys is in Tesco??? It was practically my whole reason for travelling to France.

millifiori Mon 13-Nov-17 13:27:56

They sell it in Waitrose too Ann and it is divine.

AdaColeman Mon 13-Nov-17 14:34:44

I'd put it some membrillo and some chilli jam, and for something a bit different some Ossau-Iraty with a small pot of black cherry jam.

For crackers, Bath Olivers are hard to beat.

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