To Cheese or Not to Cheese?
I might call someone crazy if I heard this question, because of course - TO CHEESE. Unless you don't eat dairy, yet in that case I'm pretty sure I would still see a big vegan cheese plate on your table sooner or later. It's in our blood, it's one of the oldest products humans have been making and the variety of cheese as well as the ageing techniques are hard to comprehend. It's a form of art - to me it always seemed sublime, the cheese maker's daily routine the way I imagine it. Walking around your cheese shelves, talking to the ripening rind, all while slowly sipping on a glass of the finest wine... Idyllic. I might have watched too many movies lately, but even if you took away the poetic thoughts, my love for cheese would not vanish. I simply am a fan.
How to Prepare a Cheese Plate
Tips for a great cheese plate:
Quality. Always go for a specialty cheese store instead of your regular supermarket - "Masters of Cheese" is my favourite one in Vilnius, Lithuania. They have quality products and can advise you on anything about cheese, even offer you a slice to try and see if you like it.
Variety. It's best to choose different kinds of cheese to get the best of all worlds. Hard cheese, soft cheese, blue cheese. Even choose different types of dairy: cow's, goat's and sheep milk cheese. Pictured here I have 5 different types of cheese: "Il Truffelino Cheddar" -Cheddar with black truffles, "Vieux Pane" - orange rind soft cheese, ''Chevre Boucheron'' - soft goat's cheese, "Gorgonzola" - the classic mild and creamy blue cheese, "Abbey Farms Goat Cheese" - hard cheese with the perfect creaminess.
Pairing. Choose different kinds of crackers/bread, fresh fruit and jams/condiments to go along with the cheese. My favourite are peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, grapes, fig or cherry jam, seeded carckers and toasted sourdough or a proper french baguette.
Prep time: 10 minutes
- different kinds of cheese
- fresh fruit: peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums and grapes
- crackers/bread: seeded crackers, grissini, sourdough/baguette
- jam: fig, sour cherry, etc.
- a glass of wine if you like
Arrange The Cheese Plate
Get the prettiest serving board, may it bee stone or wood and arrange different kinds of cheese so that they don't touch one another (we don't like sticky mess). Wash and slice some fruit, put different kinds of crackers and/or bread around the cheese and don't forget the jam. Chill a bottle of wine in the meantime - you're all set to indulge.