Lucy at Life and cheeseHi, my name is Lucy Hoffman and I write Life and cheese to help spread the love about artisan, raw milk and downright delicious cheeses. I have a mission to learn more about cheeses and to share this learning with others – including you.

I firmly believe that the more Kiwis try and learn about quality cheese, the bigger a market will grow for truly gorgeous cheese, and the better cheese New Zealanders will make.

I was brought up on huge slabs of New Zealand tasty and mild cheeses. My mother’s one special treat was Galaxy Blue Vein. We all moaned and groaned at the smell, unable to fathom how she could eat this alien looking food with its pungent aroma and strong sharp taste. I was turned on to blue cheese by Aunty Claire, introduced me to a blue vein dip when I was a teenager – I couldn’t believe that something so stinky could taste so good.

And now I have my foodie mission – to build my knowledge of cheese and to share this with my friends and family!

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, It was great meeting you at the Food Bloggers Conference – wasn’t it a great conference. Three cheers to Ali and Shirleen.
    We would love to send you a vegetables.co.nz User Guide and a colourful 2013 wall planner?
    Please could you send me your postal address and I’ll send them to you.

    Have you seen our blogs on vegetables.co.nz

    Enjoyed your blog –hope you are having a good Spring.
    Looking forward to hearing back from you.

    Best wishes,

    Pip Duncan

    Food Services Consultant

    Phone: 64 9 520 5194
    Mobile: 027 27 145 27
    Email: pip@foodadvisory.co.nz

    1. Hi Pip,

      Ditto – what an amazing conference and how wonderful to meet so many other blogging foodies! Vegetables.co.nz looks like a useful site and the blog has some interesting news.


  2. Hi,

    We’ve recently launched the site Everyrecipe.co.nz, where users can search through thousands of recipes from the best food sites and blogs of New Zealand.

    We noticed that you have a lot of delicious recipes on your blog and would like to suggest you have a look at our Top Food Blogs section here: http://www.everyrecipe.co.nz/top-food-blogs.

    Follow the instructions on our site to add your own food blog to the list. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us on http://www.everyrecipe.co.nz/.

    Hopefully your food blog will be up there in the top!

    Warm regards,


  3. Deciding what goes where sounds like a niatmhgre and I would expect a lot of grey zone material I like the idea of putting it all in one place, so I don’t have to jump around between web sites. My day job involves way too much computing, so I try to minimize recreational computer time as much as possible .

  4. I would really really like to see Galaxy bring back their Blue Vein Spread,it use to be so easy to
    stick on a cracker.Wonder why we not see it any more???

    1. I think Galaxy Blue Vein has been overlooked in general. I reckon it’s a pretty good cheese. Perhaps we should start a campaign to bring back the blue spread? You never know it may turn more people onto better cheese!

  5. Hi Lucy,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your Life and Cheese has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 50 Cheese Blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 50 Cheese Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.


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