All posts tagged: brie

Hacking my Brain with Castello

This post is sponsored by Castello Castello is already a household brand in the UK thanks to their blue cheeses and cheddar. This year, they’ve launched brand new Extra Creamy Brie. To celebrate, Castello wanted me to take part in a little Virtual Reality experiment that attempts to ‘hack the brain’ and manipulate the senses to affect the eating experience. I was surprised to learn that Castello dates back to around 1893, when their first Master Cheese Maker (Rasmus Tholstrop) travelled the globe sampling different cheeses for himself and then reinventing them. He always respected the traditions of cheese making but his imagination and creativity helped him to produce something special – and that theme has been continued for Costello throughout the years, hence this unique campaign. The brand new Extra Creamy Brie is a creatively crafted and indulgent cheese, one I’d be happy to present with the best of them on my Christmas cheese board. As it turns out though, there are ways to make it appear even more indulgent with a few tricks …

Veggie Festive Bake (Brie, Cranberry, Parsnip and Stuffing)

If you can resist a Greggs festive bake then you’re a better man than I. They’re delicious. I mean it’s just Christmassy beige mush wrapped in flaky pastry, but that is exactly what I’m looking for at this time of year, and they do it so well. We recently discovered that Iceland are now selling frozen festive bakes to cook at home, so I thought it was probably time I tried to make my own version of these things before I gave in to temptation and turned my entire freezer into a Greggs shrine. I didn’t want to make an exact copy of the festive bake though because I’ve very much made it my mission this year to vegetarianise as many Christmas classics as I can. I want to prove that while meat is arguably delicious, it’s not essential for deliciousness – even in December. It’s also super helpful for me to lean towards vegetarianism in December to make Veganuary a little easier next month.. I’ve used brie as the cheesy element here for no …