Wednesday, 27 January 2016

the food market: gourmet eats and foodie treats to your door.

The Food Market Review

TheFoodMarket.com is a bustling online marketplace for foodies. Brimming with independent small companies and family businesses, here you'll find an array of foodie treats perfect for gifts - or for yourself! A place after my own heart, they describe themselves as fussy, in a good way. Browsing the site I can be assured that all the products have high quality natural ingredients and have been responsibly sourced - no nasties to be found here. They also have some really unusual products (seaweed gin anyone?) that will impress even the most seasoned of foodies. 

The lovely lot over at TheFoodMarket.com asked if I'd like to give the products a whirl, as well as host a rather cheesy giveaway for you guys too. 

The Food Market Cheese Online
The Food Market UK Review

First up is this rather delightful cheese board with some savoury chutneys to accompany. I went for a super creamy Machecoulais Cremeux Boîte (£4.46/130g), French Rocher Nantais (£3.71/350g) and a Caws Teifi Smoked Cheese (£4.00/200g) from Wales. 


The softest of my choices was more definitely the Cremeux, a cow’s milk cheese which melted away at room temperature. The artisanal Rocher Nantais had a firmer texture and more punchy taste that reminded me of Edam. Lastly, the Teifi was firm but slightly crumbly with hints of oak from the smoking process.


Alongside I served up some awesome condiments from none other than We Love Manfood. The only problem I have with this is the name - us girls like chutneys too! Based in Cambridgeshire, these lot certainly deserve their Great Taste Award. The beer jelly had an almost honey like sweetness that went well with the Cremeux, whilst the Telfi went perfectly with the smoky and sticky onion relish. At £6.99 a jar, these would be ideal foodie gifts for someone who likes to experiment - especially if they love their cheese and nibbles. 


In addition to the cheeses, I also tried Jersey Salted Caramel Sauce from La Crémière (£11.90 for two 250ml bottles) and Vorrei Truffle Butter (£7.50). This indulgent Jersey sauce will end all hope of a healthy January - no doubt! You’ll have to wait and see what I’ve made with the caramel sauce (hint hint: Pancake Day) but with the butter I made a mushroom and truffle butter risotto - divine! Since I went to a specialist truffle restaurant in Rome I just can’t get enough. Hence why these online food markets are such brilliant places!


So now your chance to try out their fantastic cheese! The prize is your preferred cheese up to £30 from this selection over at TheFoodMarket.com Simply enter via the form and answering the question below. Giveaway ends on Sunday 7th February 2016 - good luck!

What is your favourite ever cheese?

The prize is your choice of cheese up to the value of £30 from TheFoodMarket.com. Subject to stock availability. Giveaway is open to mainland UK only. One entry per household. Only entries submitted via the Rafflecopter with full contact details will be counted. The winner has 24 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. The box will be delivered by relevant cheese producer(s) and I have no responsibility on timings of postage. Closing date is midnight on Sunday February 7th 2016.

Post in collaboration with TheFoodMarket.com, who are also providing a prize for my readers. All opinions my own.

256 comments:

  1. I'm so hungry now! I think I've seen those chutneys on a James Martin show a while ago, would love to try them.
    Definitely going to have a cheese and wine night soon!
    Kathryn x
    www.kathandcake.com

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    1. Also my favourite cheese is Brie or an extra mature cheddar!

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  2. I love mild goats cheese either hard or soft :)

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  3. What is your favourite cheese? . . . . oh l love easy questions!!! . . . . . Brie Brie Brie

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  4. Mine is 'Black bomber' a cheese from Wales.

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  5. High quality organic nibbles delivered to my door, which means I don't have to get drenched running down the hill to the Deli? Whether I win the prize or not you've got a new customer and if the products are good I have a lot of friends that would enjoy a weekly lunch splurge. I'm in !

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  6. I love a strong, mature Stilton that has been soaked in port for a few weeks

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  7. I love a mature stilton with crackers and port

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  8. It depends what I'm eating it with but just to nibble on I prefer Emmental and similar cheeses.

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  9. I don't like strong cheese, Caerphilly is lovely, or Wensleydale.

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  10. Extra tasty lancashire or an extra strong cheddar

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  11. A good mature cheddar, feta and halloumi

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  12. I love all cheese except Blue cheese, but my favourite is a really mature Cheddar

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  13. Oooh those cheeses look incredible...and I ate A LOT of cheese at Christmas so I'm surprised how I can even think about it !
    Brie, its gotta be brie. Big huge chunks of it. On a water biscuit. Sometimes with butter, sometimes without. Blob of chutney. H.E.A.V.E.N x

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  14. Always liked and still do good old Wensleydale.

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  16. I'm so torn, I love both feta and halloumi but I'll have to go with halloumi!!

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  17. Lincolnshire Poacher. Seriously. It is beautiful.

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  18. I love 5 counties cheese, all different cheese in one :)

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  19. A smelly Camembert. The smellier the better.

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  20. I like a raw milk comte

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  21. Love Mature Cheddar, but Halloumi comes a close second.

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  22. my favourite has to be Cheddar, so tasty and versatile

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  23. I just love all cheese but Halumi tops my list

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  24. Living in Leicestershire, it has to be Stilton (King of Cheeses)

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  25. I love all cheese (except the mouldy kind) but feta is my favourite.

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  26. I adore Wendsleydale, so crumbly yet creamy!! Yum x

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  27. Hard to choose one, but if pushed then St Felician. With lots of crusty bread and some chilled white wine,

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  28. I love cheese with fruit in, such as stilton with apricots

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  29. I love ALL cheese but my favorite is Stilton it reminds me of my grandad

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  30. i like them all but ill pick applewood smoked cheddar

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  31. Definitely love halloumi the best!

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  32. Lancashire blue from the guy who was on Manchester xmas market. I wish I could find him again

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  33. Honestly, and this might sound boring, but I love a good strong cheddar!

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  34. Gorgonzola with a nice red wine, is my guilty pleasure :)

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  35. Such a difficult question to answer I love most cheeses.... Cornish Yarg which is a semi hard Cornish cheese made from grass rich milk and wrapped in stinging nettles or wild garlic, hand made on a farm near Truro in Cornwall is a firm favourite

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  36. too many to choose from but I do love a good stilton (ideally from Long Clawson dairy)

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  37. i love stilton and wenslydale with cranberries

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  38. Tough question! I love smoked Applewood Cheddar, & am quite partial to specialty flavoured Stilton...but I don't get to eat Monterey Jack very often, so I do go crazy for it when I've got hold of it!

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  39. It has to be Coverdale - like Wensleydale but even more yummy!

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  40. I LOVE ALL CHEESE BUT IF I HAD TO CHOOSE ONE IT WEOULD BE AN EXTRA MATURE CHEDDAR

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  41. I love nearly all cheese but I really like stilton and blue cheese

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  42. I'm not supposed to have any for health reasons, blue stilton is the LSD of choice for mice!

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  43. I love a nice hot camembert with cranberry!

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  44. Comte. I am from Leicestershire though so I do love a Stilton

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  45. Well Wallace and Grommit have it spot on for me lol Wensleydale but I particularly like it with cranberries through it yum yum

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  46. My favourite cheese is extra mature cheddar

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  47. My favourite cheese - difficult question. I have two completely opposing and equally delicious favourites - brie and stilton.

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  48. Love Jarlsberg (especially at Christmas time with a nice glass of port) ;-)

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  49. Gorgonzola or Mozzarella depending on mood :)

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  50. I love most cheese (apart from blue ones!) I do love Brie as I only let myself have some as a treat at Christmas time! (@PeanutHog)

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  51. im loving chedder with scotch bonnet chillis at the moment

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  52. The carluccio's spinach balls with courgette and chilli penne recipe sounds delicious. I've always wanted to try making my own pasta but I never seem to have the time! (@PeanutHog)

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  53. A little simple but I love a strong cheddar cheese! :)

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  54. I couldn't think of a better way to spend a rainy evening, tucking into Artisan cheese. My favorite is Black Bomb. Rich and Fruity x

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  55. I have a thing for Camembert at the moment :-)

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  56. Red Leicester - full of flavour and very versatile.

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  57. All cheeses, except goat cheese - but a favourite would be Applewood
    (Spencer Broadley)

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  58. my favourite cheese is Brie de Meaux - I know is special cheese and you can't buy it in normal shops but I love it

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  59. My favourite cheese is Brie

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  60. I'm obsessed with goats cheese.

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  61. I love Cornish Yarg which has an edible nettle rind and lemony tastle

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  62. I really like halloumi or stilton cheeses.

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  63. I love Red Leicester, melted on toast with spring onion. Yum!

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  64. Love monetary jack cheese on a big juicy burger

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  65. I fell in love at first taste with the Dutch cheese Komijnekaas when I was a teen and have loved it ever since. Actually, I like the Kiwi version slightly more than the Dutch!

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  66. I like edam the best. Not very exciting, but I've never been into the mature or stronger cheeses.

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  67. i love and extra mature cheddar maybe with herbs in

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  68. Mature cheddar - I had some artisan recently & it was divine, you could really taste the difference.

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  69. love a good cheddar, but then equally love a fruity wensleydale and cranberry

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  70. I love Applewood Smoked Cheddar

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  71. I have a few, but my favourite at the moment is Applewood Smoked Cheddar.

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  72. pickled onion cheese
    from samantha price

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  73. My favourite recipe is for diy nandos, yum :-)

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