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The Quest For Cotswold

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Our previous post had something to do with risking one’s life for a Double Gloucester, which ties in perfectly with our latest cheese review. We’ve been planning to try Cotswold for months, and it just happens to be a Double Gloucester as well. Many thanks to Jayne for repeatedly name dropping Cotswold in her comments!

Neither myself or co-blogger Nicky had ever tried Cotswold, so the mission was on: buy it, eat it, review it.

Finding Cotswold was another story.

I started by scoping out the grocery store chains, but none of them had it. I looked up some local Fromageries and found that one Maison du Fromage was in Nicky’s neck of the woods. You’d think that with a name like that (House of Cheese) they’d have everything. In her words, “When I asked for Cotswold, they looked at me like I had just grown another head.” Suddenly House of Cheese didn’t sound so great. More like Shack of Cheese.

I found our Cotswold at the downtown market. They have 3 cheese shops there, but you have to “take a number” at Store #1 and that annoys me more than having to wait in a line. Store #2 had a bunch of helpful staff who were more than happy to help and found our Cotswold in about 10 seconds. It was on sale too: 3 for $14.99 CDN. I went with just one.

A little background: Cotswold is a firm English Double Gloucester cheese. Double Gloucester just means that the cheese is made with whole milk. Double Gloucester becomes Cotswold when chives and spring onions are added to it.  Although we ate it “au naturel” Cotswold will also melt well, like cheddar does, so you can easily cook with it and add it to a quiche or something.

So how did taste already?

It was excellent of course! Mild, with little accents from the onions and chives. It’s a firm cheese, but softer than cheddar, and not crumbly. That’s the Double Gloucester effect. A Single Gloucester is a skim milk cheese which would be crumblier. The whole milk also makes it very filling!  Between 4 of us eating it with whole wheat baguette, we didn’t finish the whole round. The last tiny wedge was left for Phil, our gracious host, who stuffed us with a homemade Indian main course.

We hear you yelling at us, Jayne.  Next time, we promise to totally hog the Cotswold and not leave any for anyone else.  🙂

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  • Not sure how good the cheese tasted, but I want that little chef guy in the background. Am I seeing him correctly? Is he holding a shotgun in one hand and a banana in the other? That’s too funny, how does he cook with both hands full, he he
    .-= Man Over Board´s last blog ..Video Of The Day “Wall Of Death” =-.

  • Jen

    It sounds really yummy. I get all my cheese from Wisconsin and my guess is they don’t have this in the liquor store/movie rental/gun shop/cheese store.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Ten Things I Hate About You =-.

  • Would I lead you astray? Isn’t it wonderful? A little pricey, but so worth it. Try a slice on top of scrambled eggs. Yum!

    I can’t believe you went out for Cotswold and didn’t invite me.
    .-= injaynesworld´s last blog ..injaynesworld "Sunday Recap LATE EDITION…" =-.

  • mike

    MOB – Are you saying that you don’t recognize the Swedish Chef from the Muppet Show?!? And he did use a shotgun on occasion. Check out the YouTube video where he “makes” doughnuts.

    Jen – That’s a serious all-in-one store!

    Jayne – I don’t know what it goes for in your hood, but I think it came to about 6$ CDN. Not bad for a cheese that fed the table. Next time, we promise to call 😉

  • I think any cheese made with whole milk is always a delicious treat. But adding the onions and chives must have made that cheese taste even MORE awesome. *Said the girl who will now go on her own hunt for Cotswold*
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Doing Things Differently™ – My Week In Review [Part Six] =-.

  • Mmmmm Cheeeeessseeeee! Now I am totally craving it. I LOVE me some good cheese. OK, I have another one for you. My brother and I tend to send funny gifts at Christmas. He is an AMAZING cook and appreciates GOOD food, often stuff I wouldn’t even think to put past my lips. (sweetbreads, frogslegs, etc) He also has had durian… SO…. knowing he likes strong stinky cheeses, I sent via an internet store “Stinking Bishop” with a card that said, “Merry Stinking Christmas.” I am intrigued by the name and description. Have you ever had it?
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Guaranteed to Bring Down a Teenage Boy in Seconds Flat =-.

  • Meleah – You MUST find some, it is sooooooo good!

    Katherine – I am totally intrigued now! Stinking Bishop?! I have got to try that! I can only imagine the reaction I’ll get when I walk into Shack of Cheese and ask for it! 🙂
    .-= Nicky´s last blog ..The Quest For Cotswold =-.

  • I’m glad you wrote this post. I wondered how this cheese tasted after reading the Cheese Roll post.
    .-= Ratty´s last blog ..A Big Fat Goose Egg =-.

  • Not that we ever doubted Jayne’s word, but now we can recommend it without hesitation. It is definitely worth running down a steep hill and potentially breaking body parts for!
    .-= Nicky´s last blog ..The Quest For Cotswold =-.

  • Oh I will! I am dedicating my weekend to find it! Ahahahhahahahah
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..The Seemingly Never Ending Power Outage =-.

  • mike

    If you manage to find it, let us know how you liked it!

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