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Cheese-Rolling Contests

Cheese Rolling Contest

This could be the plot of a Hugh Grant movie: a small English village is bypassed by the area’s new highway, leading the town’s residents to dream up a cheese-rolling contest to attract visitors.

As sad and kooky as that sounds, it’s actually the true story of Stilton, England, namesake of the famous blue cheese.

The now-annual event, held Monday, was invented in the 1960s by two pub landlords who told villagers it was “an ancient tradition” to convince them to participate, the BBC reports.

“It’s certainly gone from being a quirky idea to a massive event for the village,” the news outlet quotes a local historian as saying.

While I would love to see an actual wheel of Stilton being rolled down the street, the cheese is too soft and crumbly to make it all the way down the town’s main drag.

Instead, teams roll wooden blocks cut from an old telegraph pole and painted with blue veins to resemble the cheese, according to the BBC.

But even if the cheese were sturdy enough to withstand a good tumble, it seems there could be a liability issue.

In Gloucestershire, “daredevil cheese chasers” have for two centuries spent a late May bank holiday hurling themselves down an incredibly steep hill while trying to catch a wheel of Double Gloucester cheese, the BBC says in a separate report. Not surprisingly, most end up in a heap at the bottom.

Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Contest

Last year, contestants had to chase a foam cheese after police told the cheese maker she could face legal action, the BBC says.

And here I thought the U.S. was a litigious nation. It seems a bit unfair that simply making, or even providing, a wheel of cheese could cause someone to be liable for an injury suffered by a knucklehead who decided to throw it (and himself) down a hill. On the bright side, I suppose, there’s no more wasting a good wheel of Double Gloucester.

Cheese Brine De-Icer Saw ‘Limited’ Success

Gary Porter
Gary Porter via the Journal Sentinel

Back in January I wrote about how Milwaukee was planning to test cheese brine — a byproduct of cheese making — as a road de-icer this winter. Fast forward a few months of funky-smelling city streets and officials aren’t exactly declaring the pilot program a triumph.

The experiment was “fairly successful but limited,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quotes a city commissioner as saying. Turns out that the de-icer works best in weather over 20 degrees.

Among other things Milwaukee learned: cheddar and swiss cheese brines aren’t too effective on slippery streets. The city saw better results with provolone and mozzarella, the paper reported.

Click here for the Journal Sentinel’s article.

These Guys Give Russian Cheese A Bad Rap

Vkontakte via The Los Angeles Times
Vkontakte via The Los Angeles Times

If only this was a photo of a bunch of Russian guys merrily sharing a hot tub on New Year’s Eve. But no, these are workers at a Siberian dairy plant ringing in the new year by bathing in a giant vat of milk.

Not only did one of the workers post this photo on a Russian social media site, he also included pictures and video of the group demonstrating cheese making in a “clownish manner” while still partly undressed, according to The Los Angeles Times. Frankly, I don’t even want to know what that means.

I can’t decide what’s more stupid — climbing into the vat of milk in the first place or actually posting evidence of it on the Internet. I’m just glad I’ve never eaten anything from Trade House Cheeses in Omsk. Hopefully you haven’t either.

Jafflechutes

Parachuting Grilled Cheese Coming To NYC

When I first heard about toasted cheese sandwiches delivered by parachute, I thought it was obviously a joke. But it seems that a couple of enterprising Aussies are actually doing this — and will soon be bringing their float-down business to NYC, reports online environmental magazine Grist.

The pop-up sandwich service is called Jafflechutes. (“Jaffle” is apparently Aussie slang for a toasted sandwich.)

Here’s how it works: Diners pay via PayPal — AUD $5 for cheese and tomato or AUD $6 for cheese and ham — select a time, and then wait on an ‘X’ marked outside at a mystery location for their jaffles to float down from the sky, the Jafflechutes website explains.

Photo: Jafflechutes via Facebook
Photo: Jafflechutes via Facebook

Sure, I could make a toasted cheese sandwich in my kitchen. But the Jafflechutes concept is just gimmicky and quirky enough to get me excited about standing in an alley looking upward for my lunch. Luckily, I won’t have to wait long.

Jafflechutes’ Facebook page pegs their NYC arrival in May/June. Who’s with me?

(Top photo: popupcity.net)

Arizona’s $25 Corn Dog

D-Bat Dog
Photo: Arizona Diamondbacks via ESPN

Every once in a while I see a new food item so crazy that I just have to write about it. Case in point: the new $25 corn dog that the Arizona Diamondbacks will be hawking at concession stands this baseball season.

For that price, I expected it to be filled with foie gras. Not so much.

According to ESPN.com, the “D-Bat Dog” is an 18-inch corn dog stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapenos and bacon, served with a side of fries. No, that length is not a typo.

As regular readers of this blog know, calorie-laden foods don’t scare me. I’m not ashamed to say that I own a deep fryer. But this corn dog looks like a heart attack in a paper boat — and that’s if the sky-high price doesn’t knock you over first.

ESPN quotes the team’s president as saying that its larger concession items are “really about sharing with the family.” Hmm. While I suppose 18 inches of deep-fried processed meat could feed a family of four, doesn’t it seem like passing one corn dog back and forth between four people would be a bit unwieldy?

If you should happen to sample this stadium delicacy and survive, please take pictures and let me know!

Cheese-Stuffed Doritos

ABC News
ABC News

 

For weeks, junk food enthusiasts have been abuzz with news that Frito-Lay has been quietly testing a fried cheese stick coated in Doritos — called ‘Doritos Loaded’ — at a handful of DC-area 7-Elevens.

Frankly, the idea of eating anything from under a 7-Eleven warming lamp weirds me out. But then again, I do love both cheddar cheese and Doritos, so my odds of enjoying a combo of the two seem pretty darn high.

Luckily, PopSugar has come up with a make-at-home version of the gluttonous snack, saving me a trip to DC. Click here for the recipe and a really easy-to-follow instructional video. If you decide to give this a go, be sure to let me know how it turns out.

Wang da Gang

World’s Oldest Cheese Found On Mummies

Scientists have discovered that yellow clumps found on the bodies of Chinese mummies are actually samples of the world’s oldest cheese — dating back to 1615 BC. 

USA Today reports that the cheese, which is lactose-free, was able to be preserved due to the dry desert air and salty soil in Small River Cemetery Number 5 in northwestern China.

While it’s not clear why people were buried with bits of cheese on their necks and chests, the newspaper quotes an analytical chemist as saying it could have been food for the afterlife.

Click here for USA Today’s full story.

(Photo: Wang da Gang)