The Rolling of the Cheese

This is a great tasting and easy to prepare cheese ball.
I doubled this recipe and it made plenty for eight people.

cheeseball2218 oz softened cream cheese
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbsp powdered ranch mix
3 chopped green onions
toasted chopped almonds

Mix first four ingredients and form into a ball.
Roll the cheese ball in the chopped almonds, then chill.
Serve with crackers

Now, for an entirely different sort of cheese rolling…

The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake is an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper’s Hill, near Gloucester in England. It is traditionally done by and for the people who live in the local village of Brockworth, but now people from all over the world to take part. From the top of the hill a 9 lb. round of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled, and competitors start racing down the hill after it. The first person over the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese. 220px-CheeseMaster

In theory, competitors are aiming to catch the cheese; however, it has around a one-second head start and can reach speeds up to 70 mph, enough to knock over and injure a spectator.
This ceremony originally took place each Whit Monday before later transferred to the Spring Bank Holiday. Two possible origins have been proposed for the ceremony. The first is said that it evolved from a requirement for maintaining grazing rights on the common. The second proposal is pagan origins for the custom of rolling objects down the hill. It is thought that bundles of burning brushwood were rolled down the hill to represent the birth of the New Year after winter. Connected with this belief is the traditional scattering of buns, biscuits and sweets at the top of the hill by the Master of Ceremonies. This is said to be a fertility rite to encourage the fruits of harvest.

For a dramatic video of this insanity —

WARNING: Do NOT Attempt This With Your Toasted Almond Cheese Ball!

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About Debby Grahl

Romance author. My first book, The Silver Crescent, a paranormal romance was released Jan, 2014. Rue Toulouse, a romantic suspense set in New Orleans, is available now.
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5 Responses to The Rolling of the Cheese

  1. nitethyme says:

    Sounds like a great idea for the holidays.

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  2. Josie says:

    Love the easy cheese and crackers recipe and the rolling of the cheese. 🙂

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  3. Sounds yummy! Can I roll the cheese? LOL

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  4. Deb Julienne says:

    I have to try this recipe!

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  5. Debby Grahl says:

    David and I were in England once while this was going on, but didn’t get to see the cheese rolling.

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