As a kid I had a specific dietary quirk, I enjoyed sugary, fruity strawberry jelly jam with supermarket cheddar, all sandwiched between a couple of slices of Hovis. It was considered by some to be a bit weird, but I liked it.
As I’ve grown older (I’ll not say grown up, it wouldn’t be accurate) I have been exposed to that very British habit of adding chutney to your cheeseboard. It’s worth mentioning here that chutney recipes can be traced back to 500BC on the Indian Subcontinent, so like many of our national food obsessions we have somewhere else to thank! Chutney has sugar of course, fruit yes, but vinegar, vegetables and certainly spices are added to the mix. It is a complex and now traditional element on our cheeseboards.
Sometimes, though, what I really want is that sweetness that kicks against the inherently salty nature of cheese. I want the drama, the jeopardy, the contrast of opposites attracting. I want cheese and jam.
Rosebud have an incredible range of jams and marmalades that offer so much more than the strawberry and raspberry jelly jams of my youth. I have done the hard work so you don’t have to and have come up with the perfect jam pairings for some of my favourite cheeses.