Our Cheese Journey Continues

| 26th October 2023
Keep reading for our Country Living Christmas Competition…
I am so loving my relationship with cheese, and whilst I’ve been making it for around 13 years, my intrigue and passion was reignited last October when we visited Kerry in Ireland and met a Dutch man who makes Gouda cheese in his converted spare bedroom using milk from his Jersey cows that he keeps down the lane.

After looking up a similar recipe, and having a few accidents with piles of books, that I’d been using as weights, tumbling down into the kitchen sink, I treated myself to a press from Moorlands Cheesemakers and started trying my hand to a range of hard cheeses for our recent book launch and promotional events, see below. Whilst on holiday in Italy this year, I milked a sheep and made pecorino cheese, then created our first halloumi cheese with a team from Brompton Bikes on a Corporate Team Day.

Last week, we were back in Ireland and popped in to see to our guru in Derreenaclaurig to buy some more cheese and check on his technique (in the most subtle way that I could…).

Now, with soft cheeses, hard cheeses, blue and mould ripened under my belt, I’m planning a complete Christmas Cheese Board with the full range all made by hand in our kitchen. Good job I know where I can get some decent bread and chutney to go with it!

If you would like to have a go at making cheese with us, we have a couple of spaces left on Introduction to Making Cheese on Wednesday 22nd November.

Looking ahead, we’ve created two new cheese courses:

Making New Cheeses Wednesday 17th January


  • Garden Roule – soft cheese with garlic and herbs
  • Mould Ripened Blue – gooey and delicious
  • Pressed Halloumi – perfect for grilling
  • Multi seed crackers – wheat-free


Cheese Together (Family Course) Thursday 15th February


  • Apricot Soft Cheese Balls
  • Garden Roule
  • Hand Pressed Fresh Cheese
  • Rosemary Crackers

Most of our courses have dates open for 2024, however, from January there will be Eventbrite fees on all courses, so book before end of year to save money.

Country Living Christmas Fair

I’m delighted to be hosting again at this year’s fair in London (8th-11th November) and Harrogate (30th Nov – 3rd December).
You can find me giving demonstrations both at the Country Living Christmas Table and in the VIP Lounge every day. More info here.


We have a PAIR of VIP TICKETS exclusively for subscribers of this blog, with FOUR PAIRS of STANDARD (Free Entry) tickets as runner up prizes.
If you’d like to come, leave a comment on this post (below) to let us know and we’ll enter you in the draw (please double check that you’ve subscribed to our blog – bottom of page).

Competition closes on Wednesday (1st Nov), we will draw for the free tickets on Thursday 2nd November and notify winners by email.

If you are not successful in winning a pair of free tickets, use the code HENCORNER at checkout for 50% off tickets*.
*Offer valid on standard adult tickets only. Not valid on Luxe, VIP, Add-on or workshop tickets. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

Christmas Courses at Hen Corner

As usual, we have a lovely selection of Christmas Courses coming up. The in-person sessions have limited places – so do book in early for your favourite course.

Coming up at Hen Corner:
Don’t forget – if you’ve been on a course before, email me for your 20% discount!
Other news:
  • It was a lovely surprise to find us on the front page of The Times last week (with a double page spread inside).
  • We’ve been invited back to run another Christmas Wreaths workshop at Chiswick Flower Market, book in here
  • I was delighted to join a panel of entrepreneurs for a careers event at Shrewsbury High School for Girls
Jobs for the week:
  • Find somewhere safe to store some home made salami – it needs to hang in an airy place to dry for 8 weeks
  • Plant some snowdrop bulbs ready for a sprig surprise
  • Stock up on fondant for the bees – we need to ensure they have enough food throughout the winter

As we get closer to the festive season, remember that being present, with family & friends, is the perfect gift.

Hope to see you soon,


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Pauline Ginty 26th October 2023 at 11:20 pm

Thanks for your blog.
Please enter me in your Country Living Fair Competition

Averil Lomas 27th October 2023 at 1:48 am

Would love a pair of VIP tickets for London Fair. Been several times but never with the VIP experience. Would be very helpful for my dodgy knees.

Sarah 27th October 2023 at 6:42 am

I would love a pair of tickets for the London fair – I have only just discovered you through Instagram !

Kara 27th October 2023 at 9:08 am

Thanks Sara – would love to enter the draw for the Christmas Fair x

Sarah Guinness 27th October 2023 at 3:20 pm

Really looking forward the Country Living Fair in London – so yes – please put my name down for some tickets!

Wendy Jones 27th October 2023 at 6:02 pm

We would love to come and see you at The Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair.
Fingers Crossed X

Chrissie Jennings 27th October 2023 at 8:00 pm

I would to come and see you at the Country Living Christmas Fayre and spare the tickets with my lovely friend Jane before she moves far away xx

Sarah 27th October 2023 at 8:11 pm

I would love to win 2 tickets to visit Country Living with my sister – I just discovered you on Instagram !

Silvia 27th October 2023 at 9:49 pm

The CLCF in London is definitly not to be missed! I still remember the demonstration of the apricot advent wreath you gave few years ago. Thank you Sara for this chance to win a ticket! I would love to be there so fingers crossed. Silvia

Tracy England 27th October 2023 at 11:54 pm

Please enter me for the CLF competition. It amazes me how many types of cheese we could make at home. Keep up the good work with your inspiring ideas. Tracy

Zarina de Ruiter 28th October 2023 at 8:02 am

Oh my goodness, Sara, I’m so excited to see you’ll be at the London Country Living Christmas Fair – I love your articles in the magazine! I’d be delighted to enter so I can join in person 🙂

Zarina 28th October 2023 at 8:06 am

Oh my goodness, Sara, I’m so excited to see you’ll be at the London Country Living Christmas Fair – I love your articles in the magazine! I’d be delighted to enter so I can join in person 🙂

P.S. I also have your book, would it be possible to get it signed at the fair (I don’t know if there’s a good time for it!).

Madeleine 28th October 2023 at 8:40 am

As I have never been to a Country Life fair I would be delighted to be able to go to the London fair.

Roberta Leddy 28th October 2023 at 2:33 pm

Article in Bricks & Mortar ignited my interest and Hen Corner will be a blueprint for the future so would love to meet you in person at The CL Fair!

Sara Ward 28th October 2023 at 3:01 pm


Hélène Frost 29th October 2023 at 12:27 pm

Please enter Philippa and info the draw, we would absolutely love to come!

Jan hedges (on facebook Pauline Briant) 30th October 2023 at 9:02 am

Sara, I love reading about your business. I think the Hen Corner is brilliant and I would love to see you in action!

Jane s 30th October 2023 at 12:24 pm

Ooh yes pls I’d love a pair of VIP tickets for me and my sister to come along and see you again Sara

Jane 30th October 2023 at 12:25 pm

Yes pls Sara – count me in

Emma Holnes 31st October 2023 at 6:59 am

I’d love a pair of tickets to take my mum to the Harrogate fair please

Nicola Friend 1st November 2023 at 11:46 pm

I would love to win to take my Mum to the London Fair! It would be such a lovely treat!


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