The BIG Cheese

The Big Cheese

A giant cheddar cheese wheel weighing over 1,000 pounds was one of Queen Victoria’s wedding gifts. Legend has it that following the nuptials courtiers would whisper ‘here comes Cheddar Gorge’ as she approached because the wheel was gorged on nightly. Like many born under the sign of Gemini, the poor queen was cursed with terrible insomnia. 

And we’re still a world of cheese lovers. There are 2,000 varieties of the stuff but you don’t need to globetrot to find them because Grainger Delivery boasts a cracking selection for lovers of hard, soft, mature, and mild. 

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Matthew’s Cheese has a dreamy selection that includes Blue, Stilton, Applewood Smoked, Brie, Goat - or head to La Casa and pick up some Manchego cheese cured with black truffle, or how does Payoyo cheese cured with pork belly fat grab you?

Cheese fans

‘I ate some cheese just before I went to bed last night and had a nightmare. I dreamt I had run out of cheese,’ tweeted Ricky Gervais a few years back. 

And he’s one in a long line of celebrity cheese addicts (and we don’t use that word lightly because cheese triggers the same part of the brain as hard drugs). 

Cameron Diaz, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift and Andy Cohen all worship at the same altar. There’s not a day that goes by when Justin Bieber couldn’t go a fondue.

Health benefits of cheese

Moderation in all things is key of course, and cheese is a great source of calcium, fat, and protein. It also contains high amounts of vitamins A and B-12, along with zinc, phosphorus, and riboflavin.

Cheese made from the milk of 100 per cent grass-fed animals is the highest in nutrients and also contains Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K-2.

According to several studies, cheese could work to protect your teeth from cavities. In a Danish study from 2015, more children with an above-average dairy intake were cavity-free after three years than those with a below-average intake

Cheese as a beauty product 

Move over avocados and take that smug look of your little green faces because cheese – the crumbly Cheshire variety especially – is the latest wrinkle-busting product. 

Researchers claim that mixing the cheese with double cream produces a paste, which when applied to the face has an immediate effect on dry skin after just 15 minutes. 

Milk is a common ingredient in many beauty products because it produces a natural exfoliant and nourishes skin.

Newcastle’s very own Doctor Miriam Stoppard looks remarkable for her age so perhaps she’s been onto this for years. 

Does cheese give you nightmares?

If you go to bed with a full stomach, including but not only cheese, there’s a good chance you’ll spend more of the night in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is when your most vivid dreams occur. 

Whether those dreams are good or bad will depend on your underlying anxiety level.

This is when you’re more likely going to dream of being chased by a giant crinoline lady toilet roll holder or of pushing back The Archbishop of Canterbury’s cuticles before he morphs into Little Bo Peep. 

The Big Cheese

Finally a nod to a phrase that rolls off the tongue but makes little sense – The Big Cheese, meaning an important person. 

It comes from a definition of cheese that derives from Urdu, in which chiz means ‘a thing.’ The British colonisation of India brought English speakers and Urdu speakers together, and one result was the phrase ‘the real chiz’ to mean ‘a big thing or event.’ 

This evolved into big cheese. So now you know. 

By Jason Caddy

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