We were able to visit the Monastery last Saturday. It is only a few miles from our house but it feels like it is another country. The sycamore tree in the outdoor dining area has grown a lot. Richard was excited to find some gluten free cookies that he really enjoyed in England (they are made in Belgium).
And I found some cream crackers for myself! Mairead from her blog had just written about finding cream crackers at her local Kroger and she did a great post abou them and you can read about them here!
These cream crackers will be really good with butter, if only I had some good English cheese to go with them. I just saw a photo of English cheeses that looked like a painting... Lucy from Attic 24 has them on her latest post and she has some beautiful photos, but please scroll down and look at the cheese photo...Five counties and Wensleydale at attic 24 Those cheeses look like art!
By the way, what is the color of cheddar cheese? What, you are thinking this is a trick question? No! Not at all! I was surprised when I saw cheddar for the first time in England, it is white, kind of a creamy white. Cheddar cheese is orange because it is dyed to be orange. I notice that in the past few years there has been a real trend towards "white cheddar" which is what it is called in America. One of the meals that I like to have in England is called a Ploughman's , which is bread, with butter and cheddar cheese (white, of course), a bit of salad and Branston Pickle. (It is a kind of pickle-ly type of spread, a bit spicy and sweet). I just saw today that the Branston Pickle Company has been bought out by a Japanese company. I hope that doesn't mean that anything will change with the taste of Branston Pickle...I really like it. There, you may read of gourmet meals on other blogs, but I will tell you about crackers, cheese and Branston Pickle! Simple can be very good, you know. Say cheese!
(And for a photography tip, please don't ask people to say this when taking photos of people, it is just not a good thing for photos. Richard takes good photos, but I take good ones of people! Sad, because no one wants their photos on my blog. Oh, the cruel irony.)