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Old 30.11.2009, 12:02
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Re: The British Cheese Centre of Switzerland

Thank you Mr Breakfast. Friday night was pretty stressed, just cleared customs 1 minute before they went home! I've got some very special cheeses for Christmas including loads of Rachel, Caerphilly (including a rare smoked one with chives from Somerset), Barkham Blue, Stinking Bishop as well as all the usuals.

One new one deserves special mention: King Richard III from North Yorkshire. Suzanne Strike who makes this found the recipe - it's the original pre-war (WW2) Wensleydale made with Jersey milk and therefore much richer and creamier than what most people are used to. We're getting our local gourmet baker (he supplies bread to the Orient Express when it stops in Sargans) to make some special fruit cake to go with this. "Wensleydale without fruit cake is like a kiss without a squeeze!"

I'll post a full list of markets and special Christmas tasting packs and hampers later in the week.

Forgot I also brought back some Clotted Cream!
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Old 30.11.2009, 12:05
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Re: The British Cheese Centre of Switzerland

don't forget to put our name on one of those hampers
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Re: The British Cheese Centre of Switzerland

I receive with glee and delectation the news of your return with "loads of Rachel", Mr Grapefruit. May I ask when and where this fresh supply will be on sale in Zurich considering there is no more Hauptbahnhof market this year?

It embarrasses me to confess that I have devoured all my stock like a greedy and improvident child without taking the precaution of raiding Jelmoli's cheese department beforehand. I currently find myself without a goat to bite in and I humbly ask for your help.
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Re: The British Cheese Centre of Switzerland

If you've had a book published Mr Graben, can you send me the ISBN. I could read your stuff all night.

I do have some shocking news for you though..... one of Mr Humphrey's other creations made it over here last week, White Nancy (not sure yet if she was also an ex) and she has stolen my heart. I don't eat much cheese for pleasure these days but with her I have made an exception. It is a soft, raw milk goat and if you can get to one of our events over the next week or so I will keep some back for you. I only have about 1 Kg left.



Our full cheese stock list is on this PDF and some of those cheeses are available on-line too - cheese of the month is the very special King Richard III - a pre WW2 recipe Wensleydale. I will be putting together the Christmas tasting packs in the morning, some great value hampers and gift packs.

From now until Christmas you can see us at the Rapperswil & Luzern International Christmas markets, the Rappi Bier Factory Saturday 12th evening and Moevenpick Weinkeller in Zug on Saturday 19th.

If anyone would like a private cheese party get in touch, as we do have a couple of free dates leading up to Christmas.

Thanks to all of our customers on EF and have a great Christmas!
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Re: The British Cheese Centre of Switzerland

Our Christmas cheese offers are now on-line, great value packs of cheese and gift packs at between 10 and 20% off individual cheese prices. Stilton cheese in ceramic pots, 1.8 Kg Stilton party scoopers, a Blue cheese pack, a "Yorkshire treat" and party packs up to to 2 Kg of cheese.

You don't have to buy on-line, e-mail your order and you can collect from Rapperswil this weekend or Luzern or Zug next weekend and if you don't see what you want, just ask! I can make up gift packs in very nice wicker baskets or small tasting packs to suit almost any budget.
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Old 11.12.2009, 17:11
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Re: The British Cheese Centre of Switzerland

Mr Grapefruit, your mentioning in the same paragraph of the illustrious name "Humphrey" in combination with the word "goat" (and further catalysed by your photograph) has triggered a Pavlovian response of my salivary glands and an immediate craving for this new exquisite pièce de choix with pronounced feminine characteristics (if I may suggest in passing, the term "she-ese" seems appropriate to designate this particular category of delicate cheesy delight). I am no two-timer and while my commitment to Rachel remains unwavering, when it comes to delicious cheese I am willing to make a convenient exception and so I strongly feel it would be a crime not to give "White Nancy" and my palate a chance at a torrid dalliance.

Looking at your public event schedule, however, I notice that none will be taking place in Zurich and after consulting with my secretary who keeps my diary, the Rapperswil Christmas Market seems to be the venue I am most likely to choose for a first rendezvous, but my secretary also informs me that my weekend is already fully booked and that I should not let myself be led astray by hoofed animals with enticing woman names (between you and me, I have to say that my secretary sometimes gets my goat, unfortunately not in the literal sense).

I imagine however that since you have developed a strong liking to Mrs Nancy yourself to the point that you say your heart has been "stolen", she will henceforth feature prominently among your fine selection and so there will be other opportunities for a meeting in the future. All things come to he who waits, as the saying goes, n'est-ce pas?
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Re: The British Cheese Centre of Switzerland

If I was to send you lumps of all my cheeses will you write descriptions of them for me Mr Graben?

Last orders for postal deliveries are this Sunday, still plenty of various cheddars, Stilton and Shropshire etc. as well as some great value party packs of cheese. You can also try and buy at the Luzern International Xmas market this weekend (actually starting tomorrow), the port & Stilton event in Zug on Saturday or you can collect from us on Flumserberg after the weekend.

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Re: The British Cheese Centre of Switzerland

From The Economist, Switzerland as a financial centre -- Alpine ambitions:
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If hedge funds do move to Geneva they will find many of the comforts of home. Mike Jones, a Briton, is doing a roaring trade selling gourmet traditional British cheeses such as Stinking Bishop and Shropshire blue to the Swiss. He says Swiss customers are keen to learn and do not turn their noses up at his cheeses. That sort of attitude may yet lure a different kind of British import.
Sounds rather familiar to me ...
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Best of British Awards

i know grumpy is being modest not to post this, but he is feeling poorly and not everyone is on facebook.
So pls go here to vote for the British Cheese Centre in the Telegraph's Best of British awards
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Old 04.01.2010, 16:44
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Re: The British Cheese Centre of Switzerland

Thank you Miss Otter.

We're currently 5th worldwide I think, in top spot at the mo is the New York Pork Pie company. I'm not expecting to win but some international recognition would be nice.

Mind, I didn't expect Leeds to win yesterday either!
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Re: The British Cheese Centre of Switzerland

We're back at the Zurich Hauptbahnhof Speciality Market on Wednesday after the Christmas break, loads of great cheeses as well as some new products, Yorkshire Parkin, a gourmet Pear Bread and a classic rich English Fruit Cake. All baked for us in Switzerland and all go well with different cheeses.

I'll also be near Bern this Sunday 24th January at the Artplace 88 gallery again to help them celebrate their new Rosa Hunziker Benefit Art Auction. Free cheese nibbles from 12.00 - 17.00 and I'll probably also be bring down a couple of crates of Rappi Bier Factory ales.

If you live in or around Thun, Manis wine and coffee bar on Panoramastrasse has some of our cheese in stock - not sure how they are serving it menu wise at the moment but I'll be there on May 1st to do a major tasting with them.
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Re: The British Cheese Centre of Switzerland

Would it be possible to place a request for some Rachel, charcoal crackers and one or two bags of fudge if you still have some, Mr Grapefruit? I will call at your stall at the usual time.
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We're back at the Zurich Hauptbahnhof Speciality Market on Wednesday after the Christmas break
Are you at the same place in the market? I vaguely remember hearing that you might have a different spot this year - I could be wrong though.
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Would it be possible to place a request for some Rachel, charcoal crackers and one or two bags of fudge if you still have some, Mr Grapefruit? I will call at your stall at the usual time.
Down to the last Rachel until my next delivery but your name is on a big bit, plenty of fudge and charcoal crackers too.

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Are you at the same place in the market? I vaguely remember hearing that you might have a different spot this year - I could be wrong though.
We're moving 2 or 3 spaces up to a corner plot (nearer the front doors) which will make us more visible. It will also give us more space when we start selling beer again in 2 or 3 weeks

I will also have a few 200gr Stilton ceramic pots tomorrow left over from Christmas, down to 15.00 each from 29.00 and we'll be clearing out the last of our Whittards luxury hot chocolate range at half price (5 chufs a tub). Forget the New Year diets, this is happy food and the calories don't count.
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I will also have a few 200gr Stilton ceramic pots tomorrow left over from Christmas, down to 15.00 each from 29.00 and we'll be clearing out the last of our Whittards luxury hot chocolate range at half price (5 chufs a tub). Forget the New Year diets, this is happy food and the calories don't count.
Dear Mr Grapefruit,
Great to meet you and thank you for twisting my arm and persuading me to get the stilton. I think that your stall could become a regular escape to improve Wednesday lunches!!!

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PS when's the beer arriving
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Dear Mr Grapefruit,
Great to meet you and thank you for twisting my arm and persuading me to get the stilton. I think that your stall could become a regular escape to improve Wednesday lunches!!!

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PS when's the beer arriving
Glad you liked the Stilton! We hope to have beer again next Wednesday but will depend on some logistics.

I'm back tomorrow with about 20 different British & Irish cheeses including the last of the Rachel & Duddleswell before heading off to the UK to bring lots more including some "new to Switzerland" cheeses - watch out for the spectacular Sparkenhoe Vintage - a one year matured version of their Red Leicester, this is not even on general sale in the UK yet (only 400 Kg of the first batch available) and is a seriously spicy cheese and not for the faint hearted as well as Partridge Blue, a matured version of the very famous raw Jersey Exmoor Blue and 2 new smoked cheeses: Lincolnshire Poacher and Godminster BIO Cheddar (the non-smoked is the one in the burgundy wax).

For the Americans I will also have the first of the UK made Monterey Jack - only 50 Kg coming so please e-mail me to reserve yours as it will go quickly, price should be around 30 CHf a Kg.
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Re: The British Cheese Centre of Switzerland

Dared to approach a big cheese counter in Manor and bought a nice creamy goat cheese. Saw a huge chunk of Stilton - ah, that's what it looks like!

There's hope for me yet, GrumpyG. Next stop: BCC of CH!
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There's hope for me yet, GrumpyG. Next stop: BCC of CH!
You have to be a tad careful with some Stilton here, I did a presentation to a very posh grocers in Liechtenstein with a great cheese counter and they had some Stilton which was far too old. They had never tasted Stilton like mine which is young and creamy. They told me that they had been told by their supplier that Stilton was supposed to be hard and dry (ie. old) - and wondered why they weren't selling much!

Before you buy, ask them how old it is (12 - 16 weeks is ideal but anything up to 20 should still be fine) - if they don't know, walk away (or come and see me).
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Re: The British Cheese Centre of Switzerland

not sure if grumpy is on his way to england already but was informed by him yesterday that he will be bringing back some heart shaped godminsters
i'm heading down next weds (farmers market HB) to buy a few myself. Especially appropriate for valentines day - incase you were all wondering what to give him/her on the 14th
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not sure if grumpy is on his way to england already but was informed by him yesterday that he will be bringing back some heart shaped godminsters
i'm heading down next weds (farmers market HB) to buy a few myself. Especially appropriate for valentines day - incase you were all wondering what to give him/her on the 14th
(roses are sooo 2009 )

That's the prettiest looking chunk of cheese I ever saw!
What's the brown 'wrap' made of? Chocolate?!

'Godminsters' sounds rather religious though.
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