We caught up with guest bloggers The Food Curators, who sat us down to give us a lesson on How to Win friends and influence people; with a cheese platter!
There is no denying that we have a thing for cheese. We could even go so far as to say we’re totally in love with it. No-shame triple bries, hearty crumbly blues and an aged cheddar make us high on life (and no wonder, when some say it triggers a very happy part of your brain). Don’t even get us started on goats, delicate patés and anything fig and fennel (Maggie Beer, we’re looking at you sista).
If we sound like we’re talking another language, read on friend. Have we got the ultimate guide for you.
- Aged, Soft, Firm and Blue are the names of the game. Choose a selection or all.
- Keep in mind types of milk (cow, sheep, goat) and regions (Australia, France etc).
- Remember your cheese choices. Guests always want to know.
We like: King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue Cheese, Udder Delights Double Cream Brie, Mersey Valley Pickled Onion, Margaret River Vintage Cheddar
You want the vehicle to be sturdy enough to carry it all safely to its destination (your mouth).
- French baguettes or fruit and nut loaves (some bakeries make fig and walnut)
- Crackers of various shapes and sizes, bread sticks
We like: Barb Buggy’s Barossa Kitchen Barossa Valley Bark and Tuckers Natural Rosemary & Rock Salt gourmet crackers
Use a range of fresh, salty, crunchy and sweet.
- Dips (hommus, beet or eggplant are our faves)
- Fresh fruit and vegetables (strawberries, grapes from the vineyard, pears, medjool dates, organic dried apricots, raspberries; snow peas, radish)
- Cured meats like prosciutto or salami
- Nuts (pistachio, almond, walnut), olives
- Pastes (quince, fig) or paté, or totally indulge with a walnut roll
- Chocolate. Just because.
We like: The Olive Branch crunchy beetroot dip, eggplant dip, and green olives stuffed with almonds, Lucy’s Foods Truffled Honey and Walnut roll, Pana Chocolate Nut, Yummy Australian Roasted Almonds, Skara Mezze Trio, Maggie Beer Fig and Fennel Paste
- Sparkling water or fruit drink
- Wine. Obviously.
We like: Capi’s sparkling grapefruit, Alpha Box and Dice Whitemare chardonnay
The cheese game at Glen Osmond Road Market is strong. They are big supporters of South Australian produce and have a stunning range of gourmet items, which is why they’ve won over our hearts and bellies. We were chuffed to avoid Central Market crowds and nab a free carpark too.