New recipe Blue Monday cheese launched by Shepherds Purse

Alex James Presents and award-winning dairy Shepherds Purse have launched new recipe Blue Monday cheese.

The British Gorgonzola-style blue has been reworked to give the cheese a more sophisticated, creamy and piquant flavour, thanks to the new collaboration.

Cheesemaker and musician Alex James, has teamed up with Katie Matten and Caroline Bell, of award-winning dairy Shepherds Purse, to “remix” the recipe.

Alex said:

“Blue Monday has undergone a remix to give it that star quality, and who better to do that than an award-winning family-run dairy like Shepherds Purse.

“The new recipe Blue Monday is much creamier and buttery to taste, which is as a result of the high quality milk used by Shepherds Purse, as well as their cheesemaking expertise.”

Katie said:

“Shepherds Purse is a quality, artisan and award-winning dairy, and we are really pleased with the Alex James Presents’ Blue Monday recipe.

“We have used a much stronger strain of blue culture than is used in our other blues to make it, but the cheese is not as strong or salty as previously.

“New Blue Monday has a smoother, more balanced and consistent flavour.”

The shape of the improved recipe Blue Monday has also changed, while cheesemakers at Shepherds Purse have worked hard to achieve a much more even blue-veining.

All Shepherds Purse cheeses are turned by hand – a process that helps achieve the creaminess of flavour and even mottling.

Shepherds Purse won six awards at the Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards 2013 – the food producers’ golden standard.

Alex James with Katie Matten (right) and Caroline Bell


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