I love interactive food – food that asks you to savour and share and describe. Food that is not just content to be, but that asks you, and those around you, to discuss its being. It’s why I love doing tastings and the J Friend and Co’s Cheese Pairing Honey Collection is, literally, the bees’ knees for a DIY cheese tasting.
J Friend and Co http://nzartisanhoney.co.nz
Three glorious, oozy pots of honey, dripping golden delight onto slabs and slices and smears of cheese. This is a great concept. Get a goats, a blue and a Brie, a pack of J Friend and boosh, a hot cheese-tasting hole in one.
My cheesey friends and I pounced on the board delighting in the recommended matches and loving mixing them up.
J Friend and Co has honey from single hives, allowing us a closer connection to the beekeepers, their localities and of course the bees. So thanks to Derek and his Canterbury and West Coat bees who brought us Kamahi, Ernest in Central Otago with his Wild Thyme, and Lucy and AJ for their Blue Borage honey.
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- Kamahi – to match white mould cheeses sch as Camembert, Brie or more robust varieties like goat’s milk feta.
- Blue Borage – goes with strongly-flavoured cheese such as Stilton, aged Cheddar and Parmesan or pungent washed rind cheeses.
- Wild Thyme – with its strong flavour profile pairs with salty robust cheese such as feta or goats cheese.
This was great fun, honey enhances flavours rather than masking them, rounding out any unwanted bitterness or ammonia. Some might call it gilding the lily, but I find honey wraps the cheese in a golden warmth, lightening and lifting, warming and affirming. Delicious!
A big thank you to my lovely friend Moerangi for bringing this honey box to my attention. And thanks to my sister Ligs for her gorgeous photos.