A huge part of my job is checking out new products as they hit the shelves so I can write about them. Yep, sounds brilliant – and a lot of the time it is. Some of the time it isn’t. And sometimes, I come across something entirely new that I’ve never tasted before, and it absolutely blows me away.
Just south of Auckland on the shores of the Hauraki Gulf is a farm unlike any other in New Zealand. True pioneers of the buffalo farming scene locally, Richard and Helen Dorresteyn own and operate 200 head of buffalo and were the first to farm buffalo in New Zealand in 2007. A family-run business, collectively they produce award-winning fresh buffalo mozzarella, bocconcini, ricotta, yoghurt and marinated buffalo cheese. The company’s buffalo dairy factory has won multiple awards and gold medals at New Zealand’s national cheese and artisan awards.
Clevedon Buffalo Company’s newly released and expertly made Marinated Buffalo Cheese is a delectable combination of flavours perfect for use in salads and on pasta or vegetables. Lightly salted and marinated in thyme, roasted garlic and olive oil, the cheese is also tasty spread on crackers or bruschetta.
I’ve made several recipes with this cheese, including this deliciously zingy dip, which you can pair with crackers or chips – but I reckon it’s best with fresh-cut seasonal veg crudites and nothing else!
I have TEN 300g jars of this heaven in a jar, valued at $18.95 each, to give away. To be in to win, follow the link below the recipe and just follow the instructions. Best of luck – trust me, you want to try this cheese!
Clevedon Valley Buffalo Company’s Marinated Buffalo Cheese is available from:
- Farro Fresh – Auckland
- Clevedon Village Farmers Market, every Sunday at the Clevedon Showgrounds.
- RAW – Waiheke
- Bellatinos – Havelock North
- Moore Wilsons – Wellington
- Bel Mondo – Wellington
- La Bella Italia – Petone
- C’est Cheese – Artisan Cheese & Deli in Featherston