How to build a cheese platter
Find & Fix it Friday:
For today’s find & fix it we do a “flashback friday” to when Chanda and I zested a slate platter with a gorgeous cheese spread. This is a great “go to” idea when you are showing up at a pot luck or just want a gourmet spread to impress your date- yummy!
One of the unique things about Zest it Up is that we are both caterers AND designers. Sam and I love all things beautiful AND tasty. We are particularly obsessed with both texture and color….and that applies to both our loves: design and food. And of course, there is always our utter passion for thrift and repurposing!
This brings us to my point today. During yesterday’s trip to Restore, I was particularly taken with all the gorgeous natural tiles in varying shapes. Remember the crazy assortment?
I was in heaven, looking at all the sizes, colors, glazes and textures. I could see a million projects pop into my head right before my eyes! However, when I came across some nicely sized slate tiles, the fromage freak in me was doing cartwheels (umm, not literally, I must clarify after some of the cheesy pix of my outing yesterday 🙂 ). What a find!
Check out why I got so excited, with my play-by-play building of a GORGEOUS cheeseplatter!
Starting off with my sexy $2 slate tile, I began to layer some rosemary from the yard.
Then, I grabbed some lush pomegranates for some added color and some tasty bursts of flavor.
Now for the fromage assortment. Bring on the cheese, cheese, cheese, please!
I always try to make sure that I provide an assortment of cheeses that appeals to various tastes. You always want a friendly, unpretentious cheddar of sorts. A fancy pants selection like Humboldt Fog which is an aged goat cheese of infinitely glorious flavor….and it is a sophisticated option to replace a standard brie. Here I chose a nice twist to a plain chevre, one touched with honey and rolled in dried cranberries for an extra flare of tang. Lastly, how about something with a little spice? I went with a chipotle gouda to capitalize on the smokey notes!
Next for the ac·cou·tre·ment!
Local raw honey…..
Blueberries, Marcona almonds and spiced pecans tip the scales of elegant decadence!
I am loving the flavor profiles and the textural beauty that puts me somewhere between sensory overload and complete bliss….
Now that is what I call putting a found treasure to work! And in such a delectable way! I bet the peeps at Restore would be surprised about this tiles new life!
Bon apetit, peeps!