Party Now: The Ultimate Cheese Board

Should I ever be convicted of anything heinous, let it be known I would like this to be my last meal on earth.

Cheese is my crack. I couldn’t be more addicted if you sprinkled it with MSG and had it handed to me by Bradley Cooper. But considering it’s just a few hunks of dairy solids mounted on a slab of wood, a stellar cheese board is surprisingly hard to master.

So, to that end, if you’re currently planning a dinner party let this by your visual guide – for this is truly the greatest bounty I have ever seen. Cheese, cured meats, olives, fruits, bread, nuts – if it had any more going on it could give Gabi Grecko’s wardrobe a run for its money.

Notice in particular the honeycomb – it goes remarkably well with brie and other soft cheeses yet it’s so often neglected by cheese board-architects. It can be hard to find, so try these guys – they’re some of the biggest producers of the stuff in Australia.

Also be sure to clap your eyes on the figs strewn all over the shop like they were just haphazardly thrown there by some kind of passionate Italian sommelier. It’s enough to get one blood pumping and I haven’t even mentioned the wine yet. But while we’re at it, white wine actually goes better with cheese because it has less tannins and cheese is inherently salty. If you’re like me, however, only a red will do – my bet is for something mature yet inoffensive like this Macquariedale Biodynamic Shiraz.

The whole thing just adds up to decadence on a plate. Rustic, Romanesque, decadence on a plate. Simply add toga for the complete domestic goddess experience. And then, if it’s cool with you, invite me over to sample your genius.

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All images via Honestly Yum.

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