Danny's Days - 30th October 2023
This week has been a seasonal focussed week. we are coming to the end of t6he fresh young grouse, but we can still certainly enjoy fresh Pheasants, Partridge and Shetland Lamb. Also this time of year is a special time for cheese lovers as we welcome Vacherin to our selection.
Here’s a super easy baked mini Vacherin idea:
- Remove the wooden lid and all plastic wrapping from the cheese, then return it to its wooden box.
- Heat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Stud the top of the cheese with the sprigs of rosemary, then pour over some white wine. Put the lid back on the box and wrap well in foil.
- Put on a baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes – the cheese should be melted throughout and the skin should be darkening. Remove from the oven, take off the foil and lid, then break the skin to reveal the warm meltiness beneath. Serve immediately.
Last week saw another full moon. This full moon was also a partial lunar eclipse, which according to NASA, is an imperfect alignment of the Sun, Earth and Moon that results in the Moon passing through only part of Earth's umbra. October's full moon in 2023 is called the "Hunter's Moon," but the name can change from year to year.
A Hunter's Moon, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac, is the first full moon that occurs after a Harvest Moon, which land around the autumnal equinox.
The name "Hunter's Moon" is believed to originate as a call for hunters to venture out and hunt in preparation for the colder months ahead. Farmers had reaped the fields during the Harvest Moon, allowing hunters a better chance of spotting fattened deer and other game. This means either September or October can take on the name "Harvest Moon," and either October or November can be a "Harvest Moon." The last time we had a Hunter's Moon in November was in 2017. The name "Hunter's Moon" is believed to originate as a call for hunters to venture out and hunt in preparation for the colder months ahead. Farmers had reaped the fields during the Harvest Moon, allowing hunters a better chance of spotting fattened deer and other game.
This week is Halloween and for those who haven’t seen our window on social media, here is a pic. It will be a shame to take this artwork down but fear not, John Walsh one of our front shop supervisors is getting ready to fill our shop with a Christmas theme very soon.
I hope you all have a wonderful week and are as ready as I am to fully embrace a positive November!
The very best wishes
Vacherin recipe originally found at: https://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/baked-vacherin-mont-dor/