35 thoughts on “Blessed are the cheesemakers

  1. May the Cheese be with you …
    David Willis’ “It’s Walky” has an near omnipotent Cheese (definitely closer to a person than a mass), just saying.

  2. As Mo said, having cleared up the kitchen after he’d accidentally knocked a plate of a combined mixture of Stilton and Cheshire onto the floor:

    “Cheeses swept.”

    1. And what are we to make of Monty Python’s “Cheese Shop” sketch? Morality tale? Moral relativism? Lunacy? This is eeriely unknowable… 🙂

      P.

          1. And of course – What is the favourite cheese of members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster(bless his holy noodliness)in full pirate regalia?

            chedd ARRRRRR

  3. lol.

    Does cheese being a dairy product have anything to do at all that us humans are the only mammals that consume dairy after we have been weaned?

    Does this have any parallels with our need to be weaned from believing in sky fairies that give us false hopes and false comforts (i.e. literal creationists)?

    Or perhaps some of us have already been weaned from it but still crave it (i.e. accommodationists)?

    lol.

      1. Many cheeses are tolerably low in lactose (about 2% is pretty safe), and it’s just been confirmed that cheese was being made in northern Europe about 7500 years ago, at just the place and time when genes for lactase persistence began to spread (Refs below). This suggests that cheese may have been the gateway food to increased utilization of dairy resources. (Lactose is concentrated in the whey, which would have have been hard to use and hence wasted until domestic pigs became common).

        Salque et al. 2013, Nature 493: 522–525. doi:10.1038/nature11698

        Itan et al. 2009, PLoS Comput Biol 5(8): e1000491. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000491

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