Friday, November 26, 2004

Experts name the smelliest cheese

The Telegraph

By David Derbyshire, Consumer Affairs Editor

Even the most devoted admirers admit that it's not a cheese you would choose to enjoy in a confined space.
For while its distinctive odour certainly has some gentle undertones - some fans talk warmly of hops, others of garlic - the overpowering first impression when presented with a plate of Vieux Boulogne is of unwashed feet and unwashed tom cat.
Le Grand Fromage: Vieux Boulogne is the smelliest cheese
Yesterday, the delicacy - made in Pas de Calais and available only in the more open-minded shops - was scientifically ranked France's smelliest cheese during a trial at Cranfield University, Bedfordshire

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Monday, November 15, 2004

Lard lovers face national crisis

BBC News

Christmas dinners throughout the UK are under threat this year from a shortage of lard as Eastern Europeans stockpile cheap cuts of pork.
Increased demand from recently-joined members of the European Union has led to a shortfall in available pork to turn into lard, retailers say.
New members, which include Hungary and Poland, are buying within the EU to avoid a levy on non-EU imports.
Lard can be used to make mince pies, Christmas pudding and roast potatoes.

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