Create a visual feast of delicious cheeses, the Australian way
Australians love any excuse to get together with family and friends for a few drinks and a bite to eat. For me, keeping it simple is the key to enjoying precious time together, so I have simply stunning share boards, down to a fine art!
It’s so easy to impress with a well put together cheese board. They’re a must-have for home entertaining.
The Big Cheese
I like to start with one whole round of a deliciously gooey French cheese, on a natural timber board. Drizzle with truffled honey and trim the board with some dried muscatels, luscious fresh figs or whatever fresh fruit and condiments you have to hand, and you’re good to go!
Gorgeous Grazing Boards – for The WOW effect!
Perfect for the party season, decadent grazing boards make a stunning centrepiece and bring people together. We feast, first with our eyes, so keep it colourful and eclectic with lots of delicious layers. The key is a balance of sweet and savoury, soft and hard textures.
Shopping the local farmers market is my weekend indulgence, with so many small farm cheeses and gourmet goodies to choose from, but your local deli or supermarket will offer plenty to tempt! My fail-safe selection starts with one soft, ripened cheese like a creamy brie, one textured style like a goats cheese in ash and one firmer cheese like a marbled blue or manchego. Go wild with the trimmings, but keep it all bite sized – this is a hands-on experience! Spiced olives, plump figs and cherries, whole grape bunches and tart preserves make great fillers. Scatter with berries, edible flowers or fresh cut herbs, for a whimsical feel. Introduce pretty little cakes, macarons, chunks of gourmet chocolate or exotic pastries, for a luxe effect.
Think about textures and contrasts; a natural timber board, silky cheese, luscious fruit and rose gold metallics.
Bring it all together
The French know best when it comes to pairing cheeses and charcuterie with a rustic baguette and scattering some crunchy extras like pistachios or candied walnuts will bring the whole board together.
The right utensils can make the most basic cheese board look so chic and appealing and rose gold metallic finishes are a favourite of mine, coming into Christmas.
The magic of a truly sublime cheese comes down to the quality of the milk and our lush Australian pastures produce some of the world’s very best!
Australian cheesemakers are adventurous, giving rise to some stand-out styles. Tipped to be Australia’s finest is Holy Goat’s La Luna, from Sutton Grange Organic Farm in Victoria.
Bruny Island Open Washed Rind is bathed in Tasmanian pinot noir.
While Hunter Valley Wine Country’s Binnore Dairy is famed for its creamy Buche de Chevre log with nutty goat flavours, coated in vine ash from neighbouring vineyards and a sweet, mushroomy, white mould rind.
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