5 ways to beat SAD season with cheese!

We’re firm believers that nothing can comfort you, cheer you up or distract you from the woes of the world the way cheese can.

We don’t mind the long dark nights on the run up to Christmas…because we’ve got Chris Rea singing ‘Driving home for Christmas’ blasting in the car and we know it’s acceptable to have a hot toddy every night after work! However, the wind-down is difficult. January to March are a hard few months…dark mornings & dark nights…counting down the days until the clocks ‘Spring’ forward and the Easter break!

We thought we’d show you how to avoid being SAD. SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are usually more apparent and more severe during the winter! Symptoms include:

  • persistent low mood
  • a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
  • feeling irritable
  • feeling stressed or anxious
  • not wanting to socialise

So…be prepared for some truly delicious dishes to see you through the Winter months…a big hug from us to you. Cheese can solve any problem!


Nothing screams ‘treat yourself’ more than a good slice of Yorkshire Cheddar melted on top of a delicious Aberdeen Angus burger! The bread…brioche of course!

Yorkshire Cheddar is a deliciously rich Cheddar that delivers a rounded multitude of flavours, with creamy subtle sweet, nutty notes and a savoury finish, brought together in a distinct firm and rugged textured extra mature cheddar cheese. Learn more about Yorkshire Cheddar here: https://yorkshirecreamery.co.uk/

Baked Brie

Warm, oozy, runny, creamy, clotted cream like cheese…topped with crispy bacon, sweet honey & crushed walnuts – the epitome of SELF CARE! Not too keen on our choice of toppings? Don’t worry…almost anything goes with brie.

Grab yourself a Brie Baker from t’internet…choose your favourite toppings and bake at 200 degrees in the oven for 5-7 minutes until the brie begins to ooze, not melt!

Our Yorkshire Brie is a luxurious, white mould-ripened brie with a deliciously silky texture and at its peak ripeness, a mouth-wateringly oozy cheese with a savoury flavour and a clotted cream finish. You can find it in farm shops, local delicatessens and Morrisons!

Slow Cooked Beef & Dumplings

We love to incorporate cheese into almost any dish and a Sunday roast is no exception. We’re a sucker for slow cooked beef, maple glazed carrots, goose-fat roast potatoes, creamy mash made with Yorkshire Butter and cheesy dumplings!

Follow our Wensleydale Blue Cheese Dumpling recipe here. You won’t be disappointed. Best served with a large glass of wine and clear head after a long Sunday Afternoon walk!

Lunchtime sandwich heaven

According to the statistics…us Yorkshire men love a good sandwich and we use any excuse to upgrade our ‘bait’ with a generous slice of Yorkshire Wensleydale.

It can be easy to opt for the same fillings time after time; trusty egg mayo, ham, cream cheese & cucumber. But why settle for the ordinary? Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese is creamy, crumbly and full of flavour. It is the perfect addition to a sandwich, married with salad, meat, chutney – even jam!

Find 5 of our favourite Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese sandwiches here!

Sweet Tooth? Opt for a Cheesecake!

We told you we like to add cheese to every dish and dessert is the perfect way to sneak in more cheese. The below dish is extremely popular in our Visitor Centre restaurant and is incredibly creamy, moreish and uplifting!

We use Yorkshire Wensleydale & Ginger in the below recipe but know for a fact Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries, Pineapple, Cherry & Apricots work well too – we know because we’ve tried them all!

Sit back with a good book and dig in. Serve with fresh cream or your favourite ice cream and count down the days until Summer! Get the recipe here.

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