It’s always lovely to have friends over, but sometimes the thought of planning a sophisticated cocktail party or fancy dinner is overwhelming, especially if you’re already busy and tired (and these days, who isn’t?!). When you want to entertain in a low-key, stress-free way then I suggest throwing a wine and cheese party. Here are my tips for creating the perfect cheeseboard
++ Choose at least 3 different types of cheese: one hard (e.g. Comté or smoked cheddar), one soft and mild (brie is a classic for a reason) and one strong (blue or goat). When eating a cheeseboard, it’s usual to always end with the blue. It can be fun to pick a theme too: all English or all Italian cheeses, for example.
++ Think about colours: green and red grapes with dried apricots and / or cherries are a great way to inject aesthetic interest into your platter.
++ Have a mix of salty and sweet flavours : olives and nuts with fresh figs, honey and dark chocolate (goes very nicely with port!).
++ Group foods together on the platter: it’s a good way to section up the platter according to colour and texture and makes it much more visually appealing.
What are your own tips for creating a great cheeseboard?