Have you ever had grilled cheese? It's not the same as cheese on toast. Think American style buttery, melty, cheesey deliciousness sandwiched between two thick slices of bread. You'll never eat cheese on toast again.
I don't know why it's called 'grilled' cheese, when in actual fact it's fried. But who really cares. It's melted, beautiful, cheesy deliciousness and one of my favourite things to eat. My happiness levels soared when I saw the grilled cheese stand at the food festival.
I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to cheese – as much as I love the stuff, I have no idea about the different varieties, and had to ask the woman on the stand to explain to me what ogleshield was. Eventually we got there – it's a bit like gruyère, she said, and I was sold on that alone. I've heard how well gruyère melts, and mixed with cheddar equated to perfection in my mind.
When I make grilled cheese at home, I use a mixture of mature cheddar and those fake cheese slices you get in burgers. It melts really well and is so comforting to eat. Inspiration came from Essiebutton in her grilled cheese video.
I placed my order, watched them fry my sandwich and in a few minutes it was mine.
The first bite – oh my goodness, the first bite. Serious grilled-cheese-eating face. It didn't take very long for me to eat this sandwich, and as rich, greasy and indulgent as it was, I could have eaten another straight away. It was the best grilled cheese ever. Find out more about the Cheese Truck here and here.
Shortly after my grilled cheese I found myself back at the Chase bar – I wonder how that happened? I'm thinking tonight is the night I recreate the Kiss Chase cocktail. It was so delicious.
And what's a meal without dessert?
I got myself a huge chocolate ice cream from Wild Fig in the market hall and spoon fed lots of it to baby OH who enjoyed it just as much as I did. Creamy, delicious, not-too-rich chocolate ice cream. Yum.
Sadly, that was the end of the food festival this year and I went home with a full tummy and a happy heart. Good food and drink makes life worth living, and I hope you are all as inspired as I have been by the food and drink documented from this year's food festival. Who's up for coming to the next one?