Biscuits – because your cheese needs a friendBack to list
Many moons ago, I watched an episode of Friends where Chandler decided to change his career to work in advertising as a copywriter, and to prove his worth to Monica, he picked up a board of biscuits and came up with this line: “Crackers – because your cheese needs a buddy.”
I don’t really know why I remember this quote and why it still makes me laugh, but it’s the first thing that I thought of when I came across the new line of biscuits from Pong Cheese. Pong Cheese is an online cheese shop that brings you some of the best cheeses produced by leading independent and artisan producers in the UK alongside some classics from Europe, and has recently launched a new selection of biscuits to accompany their cheeses and sauces. Collaborating with Shropshire Fine Herbs biscuit company – who grow their own range of herbs – to introduce you to the perfect biscuit partner to your cheese, I feel (with unbridled joy) as though Pong has brought Chandler’s biscuit slogan to life.
If friendship is about being there for one another and helping each other when needed, then biscuits and cheeses are the best of friends. A cheese board is never as exciting and feels rather empty without the right biscuits, and a flawless match of biscuit and cheese often yields superior taste and satisfaction.
Pong has produced their new range specifically with cheese in mind, enabling you to enjoy your bite-sized dairy treats with a carborific accompaniment that is both the ideal size and flavour combination for any medium-sized cheese platter extravaganza, or as Pong recommends, “even for a quiet night in with just you and your cheese.”
We’re partial to the ‘Pong’s perfect biscuits for cheese’ box (£4.95), partly because we’re greedy and it has four different varieties in one package – rosemary oatmeal biscuit, poppy seed cracker, caraway and sesame cracker and rye cracker – but also because diversity in biscuit offering means better pairing of biscuit to cheese. If we had to pick a favourite from the four, it would be the rye cracker – it has a fantastically nutty flavour with hints of olive oil.
They also sell ‘Pong’s poppy seed crackers’ and ‘Pong’s rosemary and oat biscuits’ on their own, each priced at £3.49. Pong advises us to try the poppy seed cracker with soft and washed-rind cheeses such as a Langres AOC or Brie-style cheeses like a Perl Wen, while the rosemary oatmeal biscuits are best when paired with strong blue cheeses like Stilton or mountain Gorgonzola.
If you’re wondering which cheese made an appearance at our biscuit party, we had a creamy (and dreamy) Banon AOC. But more on that later – we’ll talk cheese next time.
By Rosa Park
Pong has produced their new range specifically with cheese in mind, enabling you to enjoy your bite-sized dairy treats with a carborific accompaniment that is both the ideal size and flavour combination for any medium-sized cheese platter extravaganza, or as Pong recommends, 'even for a quiet night in with just you and your cheese.'
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