October Competition with Posh Pickles & Preserves

Something a little bit different for this month’s competition – we’ve teamed up with Posh Pickles & Preserves to offer one lucky follower the chance to win a selection of chutneys that go perfectly with cheese. So if you’ve got a selection of dairy goodness in your fridge that’s looking for a partner, read on…

Award-Winning, Handmade Sauces, Chutneys and Relishes

Cheshire-based Posh Pickles & Preserves began life in 2005 when founder Steph was undergoing kidney dialysis, and has gone from strength to strength ever since, winning the Prince’s Trust Award for Business Success in 2006 and Outstanding Business Achievement Award in 2007. Steph has kindly given us some suggestions for cheese and pickle pairings along with a great recipe - as well as a lovely prize so you can try some of them out for yourself!

Colston Basset

A deliciously creamy, tasting and textured, handmade mature Stilton (a must for any festive cheese board), we have found that anything too sweet can mar the cheese’s delicate taste, therefore would pair it with Pecan, Pear and Apple Chutney, which leaves a zesty flavour on the tongue and has just a hint of cinnamon; it’s the perfect partner. Our Special Spiced Figgy Chutney would also fit the bill; full of plums, figs, apples and pears and all the flavours and smells of Christmas coming from the nutmeg, cinnamon and pickling spices. Eat alongside honey roast ham, with celery and green grapes – an excellent cheese complimented by two delicious chutneys. That said, try Fiery Chilli Jam and Stilton together. It’ll blow you away.

Lincolnshire Poacher

Handmade by Tim and Simon Jones in Lincolnshire, this hard cheese, handmade using unpasteurised milk from their own free range herd, is a mix between a Continental hard mountain cheese and a strong cheddar. A perfect match with our rich and spicy best selling Bloody Mary Chutney, which contains sweet, sharp plum tomatoes and gets its subtle kick from fresh chilli and whole mustard seeds. Lincolnshire Poacher still holds its own and is beautifully complimented. If you desire a sarnie with personality, then I’d wager you can’t go wrong with Lincolnshire Poacher and a good smear of Cheekier Chilli Relish plus loads of rocket!

Kidderton goat ash log

Made in Nantwich at Butler’s Ravens Oak Dairy, a lovely creamy goats cheese with a fresh, clean taste. We recommend this with our Sweet Mango and Apple Chutney that adds both sweetness and spice and compliments the texture of this delicious cheese. Alternatively, we have an Autumn seasonal Special, Cheshire Crab Apple Jelly, which is as sweet and tangy as quince but not as sharp. Very good with a decent soft goats cheese like Kidderton Ash, and the crab apples are from my dad’s tree, picked with his own, elderly hands. If you like something spicy with your goats cheese, try melting Sticky Chipotle Onion Jam and Kidderton Ash rounds on toast. Nicer than nice.


A quick fix, light lunch. The bubbly cheese mingled with the sweet and tangy crab apple jelly is totally delicious.

Serves 4 | Preparation time 20 minutes | Cooking time 10-20 minutes

  • 50g of flour
  • 50g of butter
  • 150g (5oz) Caerphilly cheese, crumbled or grated
  • 2 tbsp of Tangy Braeburn Apple Relish.
  • 250ml strong beer, warmed
  • 2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 thick slices of granary or crusty white bread
  • A pinch of mixed spice
  • Freshly ground black pepper

1. In a saucepan melt the butter then add the flour and stir in to make a roux. Cook for a couple of minutes on a low heat and stir to prevent the mixture from burning.

2. Add the beer gradually and stir until you have a smooth, thick sauce.

3. Add the cheese until melted.

4. Now stir in 1 tbsp of Crab Apple Jelly, a pinch of mixed spice, Worcester sauce and the mustard. Season with black pepper.

5. Toast the bread and divide the mixture between the four slices and place under a hot grill until bubbling and browned.

6. In the meantime, warm the remaining jelly in a small pan or in a bowl in the microwave.

7. Serve the rarebit with a dollop of the warmed Crab Apple.

As a substitute for Caerphilly, use a crumbly Lancashire (Saddleworth Cheese Co. Muldoons Picnic is perfect).

Enter our October Competition with Posh Pickles & Preserves

This month’s competition is a great chance for one lucky winner to try three chutneys from the extensive range at Posh Pickles & Preserves: Fiery Chilli Jam, Pecan Pear and Apple Chutney, and their Autumn special, Cheshire Crab Apple Jelly. You can buy Steph’s pickles throughout Cheshire or the full selection is available to order online from their website at http://poshpicklesandpreserves.com.

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, keep an eye on our Twitter feed (@iCheeseAwards) for one of the special competition tweets over the coming week, then simply retweet and make sure you’re following both us and @PoshPickles. Winner will be drawn at random at 8pm on Sunday 18th October - UK residents only please. Good luck everyone – and if you try any of Steph’s suggestions then don’t forget to tweet us a picture!