You could almost skip the chocolate. Indeed, one of the world’s most decadent and irresistible treats is cheese. And it’s totally justifiable when portioned into small doses. Summer is a perfect time to sample some of the world’s carefully and artistically prepared craft cheeses.
Creating the best cheeseboard takes a lot of sampling and some trial and error.Totally a treat when served on an authentic wood board like these, handcrafted from 19th century reclaimed European timber. The vintage wood collection is fashioned from wood salvaged from old buildings throughout Europe. Each piece is 100% sustainable and hand finished in natural beeswax or mineral oils. Authentic accents are the perfect canvas for a cheese feast that can’t be beat.
It’s always a great excuse to go do some sampling at your favourite cheese store. There’s loads of great advice and even grand books on the subject. But for starters, it’s fun to choose at least one cheese from five different groups, in order from mild to strong: Goat cheese, soft, hard, washed rind and blue cheese.
- Goat: Light cheeses made with goat’s milk
- Soft: French Brie, Camembert, English Wigmore or Waterloo
- Hard: Cheddar, Parmiggiano, Pecorino, Manchego, Swiss and Gruyère.
- Washed rind: These cheeses have been washed with alcohol—varying from cider to brandy. The process is called an “affinage,” and the cheeses tend to be quite stinky and very flavorful.
- Blue: The strongest of the cheeses, with a tangy and sometimes even sweet flavor. Classic examples are French Roquefort and English Stilton.
Of course, they’ll need a carrier: a fresh baguette, or crisped toasts with dried fruits. Sprinkle a few sweetened toasted pecans or walnuts. Add a complementary jam, your favourite chutney, or some fresh figs. Enjoy your summer entertaining with style…and lots of sampling!