There’s a saying “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” must be true, so I thought to myself that good cheese in cozy ambiance should set the right mood for a romantic dinner. My husband loves cheese and he hoped to find a good restaurant that served a well-assembled cheese board. A homemade cheese platter was long overdue and this was my first time buying cheese for party platter.
After some research on Google God, I learnt the 5 essentials of a cheese platter:
Something smooth – Goat cheese or brie cheese
Something bitter – Blue cheese or pesto gouda
Something sharp – Double Gloucester spring onion or aged cheddar
Something crunchy – Provolone or parmesan
Make use of all farm animals, cheese make of cow, goat or sheep milk. Select cheese from a variety of family, texture and age.
Cracker – Go for neutral cracker, salted cracker, I added some sesame sprinkled cracker
Bread – French bread or sourdough are great choices, keep it plain and simple here
Olives – Green and black olive soaked in extra virgin olive oil and red paprika
Fruits and juice – easy choice, OJ! Orange juice adding some tangy
Mixed nuts – Add some crunch, pistachios, roasted almond even cashew will do
Hummus dip – plain or flavored hummus; blends well with cracker and olives
Honey or fruit preserve – adding sweetness in palette
Yes Plating that’s the fifth essential! You may have the best ingredient in hand but an utterly wrong presentation will be an epic fail when it comes to cheese platter. Get creative, slice it dice it, leave a block cheese and serve it in room temperature. Place a few knives extra for your guests.
What more would you need? Well, lots of food love, finesse and don’t forget to dress up your dinner table a little
…and that’s my celebratory post, my 67th blog post on the third anniversary of my blogging experience.
Tip: Bangalore foodies can visit the cheese and produce section of Nature’s Basket or Gourmet Westside for most these ingredients. Have fun!
A few year ago, after a decent Italian dinner at a local restaurant, my friends and I shared this delicious dessert. Soft yet rich, sweet and subtle on the palette, this coffee flavored dessert was the highlight of the dinner.
Later when I started blogging, it was mostly about jewelry and art until I decided to create a go-to place for all my recipes. The recipe for this Italian delicacy tiramisu and home-made ladyfinger had to go up here…
Buy it ready-made or bake it at home, good lady-finger cookies are a ‘must have’ to make tiramisu. On my first try, I adapted the food network recipe to make the ladyfingers, which turned out pretty good. But this time, I took a short-cut and used the ‘store brought’ ladyfingers.
There may be a various ways to make tiramisu, but the traditional method is to make it with mascarpone cheese with egg yolk. Adding whipped cream just spoils the authenticity of this delicacy.
Find how to double boil the eggs for the authentic tiramisu recipe and how to make home-made lady fingers below… Continue reading
Day – night, warm – cold, jolly – gloomy… there are two extremes to everything in life. Sometimes it’s not as bad as we think it is. Like the way we look forward to a snowy christmas, despite the cold… and so is the perfect combo of sweet and savory dishes to make us feel content.
Try out this very simple yet amazing recipe to make airy-savory puffs with store brought pastry sheets.
Ingredients Continue reading
Sometimes, you think that there are certain dishes that you never cook at home. Bread is one such food in my list of items that cannot be made well at home. Well, I must say that blogosphere is one inspiring place to be! I’m honored to write a guest post for Moms crazy cooking during this holiday season, it’s all about meeting people, good food and happy cheers.
I started out looking for yeast and found the recipe on Fleischmann’s website, of course I altered it per our taste. Continue reading
Priya’s Kitchen usually provides home-cooked indian meals, a little spicy, a little healthy. In recent days, my DH’s craving taste buds and my food blogger friend’s enthusiasm has opened new pantry door through my kitchen….I’m all about trying out easy, breeze, not-so-usual food. I’m surprised how easy and yummy they turned out for a first-timer. This is my version of Vegetarian…hmmm actually, Eggetarian Lasagna!
- Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Lasagna sheets
- Formaggio Fresh Marinated Mozzarella Cheese with Fresh Basil & Chopped Garlic
- Finlandia Jalapeño Muenster cheese – The real recipe calls for Ricotta cheese
- Grated parmesan cheese
- Prego tomato garlic italian sauce
- Fresh and frozen vegetable of your choice
- 3 Eggs & Spinach omelet
- Garlic, parsley italian herbs
- Red chili flakes
- Butter/ Olive oil
Watch the slide show for the layering steps:
Boil enough water to immerse the lasagna strips, add 1/2 spoon of salt and few drops of olive oil. Cook until soft, usually 15 to 20 minutes. Continue reading