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Stir it up magazine October 2014

COOKS CALENDAR Cooks calendar... 04 OCTOBER 2014 December In season... Jerusalem artichokes white c parsnips abbage beetroot pears turnips 1 Bank Holiday (Scotland) 24 Christmas Eve 25 Christmas Day 26 Boxing Day 31 New Year’s Eve The Big Cheese? >> October is American Cheese Month –a time for the US to celebrate their delicious native cheeses. While there are few cheeses that actually originated in the USA (most came with the various immigrant groups who settled there), there has been a recent resurgence of artisan cheese making that should have cheese lovers chomping at the bit. It’s almost as if American cheese making is taking a step back in time, with large-scale production giving way to smallscale dairies and farmstead cheeses made entirely on site. Free from the confines of tradition, a new generation of American cheese makers is turning out innovative, handcrafted cheeses with deliciously stunning results. Here are two of the most popular: Jack Cheese • Also known as Monterey Jack, California Jack, or Sonoma Jack, this buttery, semi-soft cheese was created by 19th century cheese maker David Jacks. It can be made from whole, skimmed, or partially skimmed cow’s milk, and its texture and flavour varies with maturity. Unaged Jack, is mild and high in moisture, with excellent melting qualities. Aged or dry Jack, ripened for about 10 months, is hard, rich, nutty and fruity. It’s most often used as a grating cheese on pasta and salads. Maytag Blue • Created by Fritz Maytag, son of the Maytag washing machine/appliance founder, Maytag Blue was one of the first American farmstead cheeses renowned for its superior quality. Produced since the 1920s, the vegetarian cow’s milk blue is still handmade in small quantities on the Maytag family farm in Iowa. The cylindrical-shaped cheese is moist yet crumbly in texture, with a tangy, spicy flavour and lemony finish. Wonderful as a table cheese or for crumbling into dressings and salads. October In season... celeriac pumpkins figs kale wild mushrooms salsify 6-8 The Restaurant Show, Earls Court, London www.therestaurantshow.co.uk 6-12 National Cake Week www.nationalcakeweek.co.uk 13-19 National Curry Week www.nationaleatingoutweek.com 16 World Food Day 17-19 The Chocolate Show, Olympia West, London www.salonduchocolat.co.uk 26 British Summertime ends 31 Halloween November 1 World Vegan Day 3-7 National School Meals Week www.nsmw.org.uk 3-9 British Sausage Week www.lovepork.co.uk 5 Bonfire Night 9 Remembrance Sunday 7-9 Cake International, Birmingham www.cakeinternational.co.uk In season... sloes potatoes Brussell sprouts quinces red cabbage 10-14 National Community Meals Week www.thenacc.co.uk/events/ community_meals_wheels_week 25 British Frozen Food Federation annual luncheon, Hilton on Park Lane, London 27-30 BBC Good Food Show Winter, NEC Birmingham www.bbcgoodfoodshowwinter.com 30 St. Andrew’s Day cauliflower


Stir it up magazine October 2014
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