Cheshire cheese is reputed to be the oldest cheese in England. Traditionally it came in cloths which had a picture of a large, grinning cat on. Hence the phrase " grinning like a Cheshire cat " came from this tradition. Lewis Carrol in his book "Through the Looking Glass" makes reference to a large grinning cat, The Cheshire Cat.
Cheshire cheese comes in three colours, red, white and blue and for this reason is known as the most patriotic of all cheeses. There are other smaller companies making cheese in Cheshire, such as The Cheshire Cheese Company and Bexton Cheese. The cheese is slightly crumbly and slightly salty.
Many recipes special to Cheshire contain Cheshire cheeses. Cheshire also boasts very fine asparagus crops, rhubarb crops and apple crops. Cheshire lamb is particularly fine. Our salty soil gives a natural flavour to the local produce.
Cheshire recipes have been noted for centuries.
Hannah Glasse’s 1747 Cheshire Pork Pie recipe for example is typical of Cheshire and is sometimes known as Fidget Pie. It contains Pork and apples. In fact, I bought one from the butcher's on Wednesday this week. I have included two different Cheshire Pork Pie recipes.