Approximately 20% of the farmhouse cheese made in Ireland is exported to Britain, making it the premier export destination. (The UK is Ireland's most important market for food exports.)
Breda Maher, who makes Cooleeney cheese in Tipperary, represents some of the best Irish farmhouse cheese makers in London, where Neven meets her at Paxton and Whitfield, a cheesemonger in Piccadilly since 1797. Irish farmhouse cheese is also available in Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Asda, Harrods and Selfridges.
On the menu today: spicy chicken salad with avocado salsa, a pizza tart and vanilla crème brulee with apple compote.