Holiday Cheese Spread

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Holiday season is upon us and I wanted to take the opportunity today to show you a delicious cheese spread that will come in really handy over the coming weeks.  It is easy and quick to make and everyone just loves it!  Its also great for game time if you are a game time kind of a person!  Actually its good for any type of get-together!

As most of you know I get a lovely box each month from a company called Degustabox.  To those not in the know, if you sign up for it, once a month, every month . . . Degustabox will deliver to your home . . . 10 to 15 new, special or innovative food products for you to try in the comfort of your own home via a subscription service. A monthly subscription costs £12.99 with free shipping, or you can pay bi-annually for only £11.99 per box, an 8% saving on the full subscription price. You are also able to cancel your subscription at any time. What you receive can be tailored to the types of things that you like and would use.   I love these boxes because each month feels like Christmas when it arrives!  The November box was this year's Christmas box and it literally sparkled!   Here is what I received!

Hartley's Glitter Jelly 2 X £0.75

Hartley's Glitter Jelly brings exrra sparkle to your favourite fruity jelly. The edible glitter gives an impressive shimmer effect making it a great addition to your Christmas Party.  We don't do alcohol in this house but I am thinking that they might make some pretty impressive Jello Shots for those who do and want to party.  

Culinary Sauces designed by a French Chef, for meat and for fish, in single serve pouches (3 X 50g).  All natural wit no preservatives added, no artificial flavours or colours.  No waste; one pouch per plate.  Convenience:  10 seconds at 600 watts in the microwave to heat. 

Butterkist  Sweet Cinema Style Popcorn  1X .28p (£1.60 multipack)
Butterkist Choc Mallow Popcorn  1 X £1.49

Butterkist - the nation's favourite popcorn - brings you the unique Sweet Cinema Style popcorn in a snack pack. Best-selling Sweet Cinema Style Popcorn is great for a sweet treat.

The Indulgent Cho Mallow popcorn is made for sharing.  Choc Mallow is perfect for family nights in.  (or scattering on top of your holiday chocolate bark this year!)

Piper's Crisps  Wild Thyme & Rosemary 1 X £2.00

Piper's Crisps endeavor to make Britain's tastiest Crips. The newest flavour is hand cooked potato crisps seasoned with wild thyme & Rosemary gatherd from the Atlas Mountains in Morroco.  "Crisps" as they should taste!  Can you say scrummy?  These are really tasty!

Jules Destrooper Butter Crisps 1 X £1.19

Summer butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. Together they combine to creat a crunchy biscuit that wins everyone over because of the rich taste of butter and caramelised sugar.  The Jules Destrooper Butter Crisp is perfect with tea or coffee, and also for ice cream and creative desserts.  And, very scrummy!

J20 Glitterberry 1 X £2.49

J20 Glitterberry is a unique grape and cherry spiced flavour drink with edible glitter that sparkles when the bottle is shaken.  Luscious fruit juice drink for adults, perfect for celebrating the holidays!

Michel et Augustin 4 cookie squares 1 X £0.89

At the Banana Farm, they whip up delicious healthy recipes you can grab wherever you go, using simple and HIGH quality ingredients.  Their 4 cookie squares sittin in a row dark chocolate with apinch of sea salt will make food-lovers of the world smile and experience this funny human adventure.  Yum on the run!  These are delicious!

Broderick's Crunchy Slam Dunk Peanut Chunk  1 X £1.20

Introducing the award winning Crunchy Slam-Dunk Peanut Chunk.  Whole roasted peanuts, crunchy rice Krispies, Belgian chocolate topped with a thick layer of chunky peanut butter and a marbled top of Belgin white and milk chocolate.

The Good Cider  2 X £1.50

We select the best apples from th harest from our own apple trees in Spain. Then using traditional methods we create our delicious craft cider. Wild Berries; bursting with the freshest blackcurrants and cranberries.  Srawberry-Lime; A splash of fresh strawberries and a squeeze of tangy lime.  Drink them very cold and/or with ice.

Appy Kids Co  The Gruffalo Golden Apple Juice 1 X £1.49

The Gruffalo Golden Apple Fruit Drink is part of Appy Kids Co Lunchbox range. The drinks are 100% natural, with no added sugar and sweetened with plant Stevia, making them a healthier option for kids.

Ahmad Tea Ltd.  Moroccan Orange Slice  1 X £4.00

Introducing a unique new concept in tea. Six delightful and sophisticated dessert-inspired recipes infused into black and green teas.  A delicious sugar-free, guilt-free, indulgence.

Finally  . . .

 Ryvita Thins 1 X £1.89

Caramelized Onion Thins and Sweet Chilli Thins are two of the flavoursome flatbreads from Ryvita.  They are a source of fibre, and are perfect for a delicious snack; whether you're watching a movie, catching up with friends, or just feeling a bit peckish.

Ryvita Crackers  1 X £1.29

Ryvita Crackers are distinctly crispy, and have been aked with wholegrain rye and olive oil for a fuller flavour.  Low in saturated fat, low in sugar and high in protein and fibre these crackers are available in four delicious flavours including Golden Rye and Green & Black Olive.

I am a great fan of Ryvita anything and chose to highlight these flatbreads and crackers with a recipe this month.  In a season of great indulgences it is nice to think that you can indulge and yet be just a tiny bit healthier with it.

These both went perfectly with this hearty cheese spread.   You want a nice and sturdy cracker that won't fall to bits with this spread and both of the flavours of the flat bread and the crackers did not clash at all with the flavor of the spread.  In fact they went perfectly with it.

 This is really a delicious cheese spread with the richness of not one but two types of cheese (or more if you buy a multi cheese blend), the fresh flavours of spring onions, moreish BACON, crunchy smoked almonds, creamy mayo and a bit of a kick from both black pepper and hot pepper sauce!

You could also spread it onto squares of toasted bread or crackers and bake them in a hot oven for a few minutes to melt.  A hot nibble.  Delicious.

Any way you choose to enjoy it, I think you and your guests will agree that you are in for a real taste treat!  Best of all (as if simply being delicious was not enough) it is quick and easy to make!

*Holiday Cheese Spread*
Serves 10
This is a delicious cheese spread to serve with crackers during the holidays or any other time you have a crowd around to serve finger food to.  It's simple to make and quite delicious.  You can also spread it on croustades and heat it if you want, but we just enjoy it cold.  The recipe can easily be doubled. 

250g pack of grated cheese  blend (I used a mix of strong cheddar and Red Leicester) (2 cups)
6 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
240g pack of streaky bacon, cooked until crisp and then coarsely chopped (1 cup)
65g pack smoked almonds, chopped coarsely (1/2 cup)
220g good quality mayonnaise (1 cup)
1/2 tsp coarse black pepper
1 tsp hot pepper sauce (or to taste)
A variety of crackers and crisp breads to serve 

Mix all of the ingredients well together in a bowl.  Taste and adjust seasoning of pepper and hot pepper sauce as required. Some people might want more.  I find this amount is just right for us.   Pack into a serving dish and chill for several hours until ready to serve.  Place onto a tray and surround with your crackers and cracker breads.

Can you spell MOREISH?  Scrumptiously delish!

Many thanks to Degustabox UK for sending me this box. I have to say I really look forward to getting my box each month. There are always lots of things in it to enjoy and new products to try out. I highly recommend. You can also tailor the boxes to your own likes and dislikes by filling in your own Taste Profile.  If you like the sound of the Degustabox October 2016 box? You can obtain yours now here For this month you can use the discount code OWCFI and get a WHOPPING full £7 off the price of your first box . Your order will have free shipping and you will receive a surprise box containing 10 to 15 items. 

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Happy Christmas and Bon Appetit!


  1. I do something similar with grated cheese (usually a strong cheddar and red Leicester) spring onion, grated carrot and mayo. Ideal for sandwiches or as a dip

    1. Sounds lovely. I love the combination of Strong cheddar and red Leicester. I use it a lot! xo

  2. The smoked almonds must certainly give this a different delicious taste!

    1. They make it very moreish Monique! Nice with crackers. xo

  3. What is the red Leicester? I am from the States and would like something comparable. Looks yummy!

    1. Hi Valery, Red Leicester is very similar to a strong cheddar. I use it with the cheddar becase it is orange in colour and makes for a nice contrast. You can use a combination of both white and coloured strong cheddars for this and it will be delicious. xo

  4. I could eat this with a spoon. Sounds so good. I need to make it. Thanks Marie! Valerie H. xoxo

    1. It is so delicious Val, naughty but very nice! Xo


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