A baked spiced cheese idea

For a winter treat, take an unwrapped round cheese (camembert or brie - here a Whitestone baby round probiotic camembert) and place in a round tapas dish.  Score the top of the cheese and sprinkle with a spice seasoning (here a Wild Fennel Co “Cow” seasoning, of juniper berry, pink peppercorns and fennel).  Bake in a medium oven for 15-20 minutes, and serve with lots of crusty bread for dipping - it’s a lovely gooey cheese dip. 

baked cheese dip

A Wairarapa inspired cracker of an idea

Top lavash (Clareville crackers here) with your favourite soft goats’ cheese (The Drunken Nanny Dill-Lush here) and cured meat (Prodigal Daughter coppa here), shown here also with chopped roasted peppers and herbs.

goats cheese, cured meat, lavash

A simple cheese roll idea

With a combination of some favourite New Zealand artisan products, here's our version of the delicious cheese roll morning snack - cheese (Southland’s Tuturau Organic Dairy’s Mataura tasty cheddar here), grated and mixed with dip (The Herb and Spice Mill’s Dill and Wild Onion dip here) and creme fraiche (Zany Zeus here).  Heated, then spread onto sliced bread, rolled up and grilled.  We left one crust on….

cheese rolls

A super simple salami canapés idea

Slice salami (Churchills Fine Meats here) on the diagonal - to make for bigger “crostini”.  Top with a favourite cheese (Mahoe old edam here), and quince paste (Ludbrook House here).

salami cheese quince paste canapés

A blue cheese and summer berry salad idea

Top your favourite salad greens with blue cheese (from Puhoi Valley Cheese Company Kawau Blue used here), blueberries and stonefruit.  Drizzle with olive oil (from Two Black Dogs used here) and balsamic vinegar or fig molasses (from Te Mata Figs used here).

blue cheese and berry salad

A family mac'n'cheese idea

Precook some macaroni.  Gently saute an onion, adding when done a cup or two of cream, and plenty of grated or crumbled cheese (including some blue).  Season to taste, adding some grated nutmeg if you have it.  Toss through the macaroni, pop in an oven dish, top with bread crumbs and more grated cheese, and bake until everything is nicely coloured.

mac 'n' cheese

A retro baked cheese idea

Cover and bake a whole camembert in the oven for around 20 minutes.  For this one we happened to pierce the top and throw on a splash of alcohol, but it bakes well without the addition.  Great served with stewed tamarillo and walnuts, for a warming lunch or as part of a course for dinner.  Very more-ish.

baked camembert

A simple goat's cheese idea

For a delicious and simple idea, try a good New Zealand goat’s cheese with equally good New Zealand honey and bread or crackers.  What a fantastic combination.

goats cheese, bread, comb honey