It is not often that you come across a real artisan producer by chance and when you do the day seems brighter, the air fresher and your excitement levels go up a notch or two.
Well this is exactly what happened to me last week. I found a gem of a cheese maker making raw milk cheese twelve miles away from the castle, and boy is this some cheese. Ann Leveque, a passionate young French cheese maker whose Triskel goats and cows cheese is fantastic. She collects the milk herself while still warm and works her magic to produce some of the best cheese I have eaten in a very long time.
And my friends its up to us to support her and help her to continue to grow. So get yourself into Sheridan's cheese mongers and buy some......
If you can get your hands on the small crottin it makes a fantastc salad with roasted beetroot, toasted walnuts, a few winter leaves, glazed slivers of pear and a honey dressing..
Q. Tip; butter the top of the crottin and grill it for a minute or so before placing on the plate.