As a born and bred Yorkshire lass, I have always eaten fruit cake with a slice of cheese, a totally delicious combination by the way, and thought nothing of it until I met the man who is now my husband.
He scoffs at the idea, declaring it the weirdest thing he has ever heard and still refuses to even try this delicious combination.
Yes, he loves eating both fruit cake and cheese but is horrified that I should even think of getting him to try them together. And they say kids are fussy!
So where did this tradition of eating fruit cake with cheese originate from?
No one knows exactly but food historians have traced it back to at least Victorian times when Christmas Cakes in Yorkshire were often served with Wensleydale cheese. Wensleydale cheese originally had a much stronger flavour and was more like a blue cheese, think Stilton, than the mild, creamy version we are used to today.
My advice, next time you have fruit cake, try it with cheese. After all,
Fruit cake without the cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze.