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Monthly Archives: November 2014

This Christmas Vs My First Christmas by Ailsa

I launched The Big Cheese Making Kit in September 2012 from my spare room. I bought enough ingredients to make 400 Big Cheese Making Kits. I thought that would be plenty to see me through Christmas and into January 2013....that was far from the case! I launched the Kits on our website www.bigcheesemakingkit.com and www.notonthehighstreet.com on the same day and sales started trickling in immediately. I was making the Kits myself and my the end of the first week I Read More...

What I really want for Christmas by Jonathan

The best present I've ever received was a surprise Super Nintendo from my parents. I am now 26 and I probably would still be pretty happy with that present. Here are 5 things I am hoping Santa, Jim Carey or whoever it is this year will bring me: Self Tying Nike Trainers Nike made a promise that by the end of 2014 they would be selling self tying shoes - much like Marty Mcfly in Back to the Future. Where are my Read More...

Why the Chilli Hamper is my favourite

I've always been a massive chilli fan, I'll happily eat it everyday and it forms the basis of lots of my signature dishes. That's why I was so excited to be 'shopping' for ingredients for our Big Chilli Hamper! We are so lucky that we get to spend time at foodie shows meeting other suppliers so they were our first port of call when we were making up the Hampers. The lovely people at Perthshire Oatcakes are behind our Handmade Chilli Read More...

Jonathan’s Cheese Making Tips

As a male who has limited kitchen (and life) skills, I thought making my own Halloumi/Mozzarella was out of the question. But I took on the task of making cheese for the first time using our kits and it was a total success. Give me some milk I can now whip up some of our cheeses in about 40 minutes. As long as you follow these simple Tips - your cheese making will be spot on. - READ THE INSTRUCTIONS - Read More...

Top 10 Cool Christmas Jumpers

  We’ve done a list of our favourite cheesy Christmas jumpers, now here’s our top 10 cool Christmas jumpers. Of course, one person’s cool is another person’s cheese… 1: Star Wars Darth Vadar Official Christmas Sweater   2. ASOS Christmas Jumper With Rudolph Winter Scene     3. Navy Reindeer Xmas Jumper         4. Are we there yet?         5. Black Olaf Do You Want To Build A Snowman 6. Die Hard Christmas Jumper       7. Fargo Knit Sweater   8. Apres Ski     9. F&F Neon Reindeer Fair Read More...

What to buy a foodie this christmas

By Ali. We’ve all got a foodie in our life. Probably more than one these days. We’re not going out as much, we’re staying in and we’re baking, making and cooking. Not just for fun either. It’s all a bit competitive. If it isn’t the Bake Off its Master Chef….and in those early weeks we could all do better than some of them. So Christmas rolls round and what do you buy the foodie in your life? Not a cookbook; if Read More...

Jonathan’s Day in the Life at the Big Cheese

Hello. I’m Jonathan, The Big Cheese Making Kit’s International Development Officer. When not travelling on epic, foreign Big Cheese business adventures, I am usually in our office speaking to our Korean, German or Dutch customers and distributors.  (see picture for demonstration of how I do this ). All this chatting, pricing and emailing has led us into some of the biggest department stores in Seoul, South Korea and soon some of the best gift and retail stores in Germany. I don't Read More...

A gluten free gift

By Ailsa We are often asked if our Kits are gluten free (yes they are!) by people buying them as gifts for friends and family with a gluten free diet. We had this in mind when deciding on our range of hampers. Why not make one which is Gluten free? It's tricky to buy 'foodie' gifts for someone with a Gluten free diet so we put together some really yummy treats in our Big Gluten Free Hamper, trying to make them Read More...

SCOTS CREAM CROWDIE (CRANACHAN)

Simple, quick and delicious. From Scotland this original Cream Crowdie recipe (often called ‘Cranachan’ or ‘Gruth is Uachdar’) is everything you could hope for in a seasonal dessert; it is easy to make and you will not be able to resist coming back for more. Recipe Ingredients: 600ml double cream 100g Crowdie Cheese (softened) 250g Fresh Scottish Raspberries (or fresh Blackberries) 50g Oatmeal 70g demerara (brown) sugar 1 tbsp whisky (a good single malt) 2 tbsp honey (heather honey if possible) Recipe Method: Start by toasting the oatmeal Read More...

Asparagus tartlets with goat’s cheese and sun-dried tomatoes

  Recipe by Tiffany Goodall. Found on redonline.co.uk. Serves: 4 Preparation time:  10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes You will need1 tbsp flour 375g ready rolled puff pastry Half a bundle (approx. 125g) asparagus, trimmed and cut into 5cm pieces Salt for seasoning 3 tbsp sun dried tomatoes, roughly chopped, plus 1 tbsp oil from the jar 125g goats' cheese, crumbled 2 handfuls of rocket Balsamic vinegar, to drizzle Method   1. Preheat the oven to 230°C/ 440°F/ gas mark 7. 2. Cut the pastry into four rectangles and place onto a floured baking tray. Score the edge of each Read More...