Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Day twentytwo....


After reeling through tens of jokes about cheese the eve prior, I passed over the most famous of all cheese jokes. What cheese is made backwards? Edam. How could I have left this beauty out, especially at a time of year when thousands will be reciting that joke from a cracker in 3 days time. Edam has over the years became the butt of many a joke, not only because of its handy name(which was actually given because of the harbour where it was sold the most) but because it has given up on itself. From the 14th to the 18th century Edam was one of the most popular cheeses in the world. It was a much harder, more robust cheese, which sailors would take to sea. Even tales of them being used as emergency bullets from the cannon. It's round shape was made using round wooden cheese forms, which were in turn used as helmets during riots. From this the Dutch got the endearing tear as cheese heads. Here is an example of some cheese heads.

Allan and Jenny Gray. Genius or lazy. They are the inventors of the Cornish Yarg. They came up with the idea of using a Caerphilly recipe but then covering it with the leaves of nettles. Also recently wild garlic is also used. So with such detail going into the cheese, was it lazy or a stroke of inspiration for the Grays just to reverse their surname and the Yarg was born.

A tribute to backwards cheese...

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