Ice cream and cheese where would we be without them? High amongst our favourite foods we are world famous for our cheeses, blue cheese, and creamy soft cheese, makes my mouth water just thinking of them. I was lucky enough to visit the Kaimai cheese and milk factory a while ago. It has a great history going back to 1886, originally a butter factory which the Queen Mother visited in 1927. The cheeses from then were defined as “first quality’ and commanded high prices in the Auckland markets as they do today . I stocked up while I was there and continue to buy their brand for my table, enjoying it with my coffee on crackers or made into filo parcels – a recipe I got from their website and make frequently for when the girls and I get together, I sometimes substitute parsley instead of walnuts. I make my own cranberry and orange relish to eat with them. While I was there I ate in their café the most delicious steak sandwich, well worth every cent.
Now ice cream is a firm favourite in our house and sometimes I can’t keep up with the demand and buy in commercially made but if I do it has to be from the Kapiti brand. The taste and choices are fantastic can thoroughly recommend them – not the cheapest but you are worth a great treat now and then aren’t you?