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Valentines Day cheese & fig platter

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How about a lovely cheese platter to share on Valentines Day?  Either with your honey, your mates or your family, I mean there’s no rule we have to have sweets right?

So I made a cheese plate recently, something I haven’t done for years.  It was wonderful and to be honest, I’d be happy eating this for dinner a couple of nights a week.  And as most of us would agree, a cheese plate is almost always served with wine but we’re on the wagon for a couple of months so had sparkling apple juice instead.  And depending on whether you’re serving your cheese board in summer or winter, use white or red wine accordingly – most of us know how wonderful red wine is with cheese.

Other than that, I can’t tell you much more about wine pairing because I’m really terrible at choosing wine although I do like drinking it!

Also, because it’s fig season, I used luscious, fresh figs which are beautiful with cheese.  If not fig season though, then find some really good (there are awful ones) dried figs, they’re delicious also, but in a different, much sweeter way.  You could also try olives and/or feta cheese for an extra salty flavour, some prosciutto or a decent relish to top your cheese with.  I think regarding crackers, it’s really great to find something a bit different, we found some orange zest flavoured, large flaky crackers in the international isle of our local supermarket which were really interesting and a bit more adventurous than Jatz.

So apart from Valentines Day, a cheese and fruit platter is a nice idea for guests, as a Friday night dinner with drinks or even if you don’t feel like cooking on a warm night.

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Cheese board ideas:

Smoked cheddar cheese or other hard cheese
Herbed cream cheese or other creamy, soft cheese
Feta cheese
Grapes and figs (either fresh or dried) or other seasonal fruit such as pears
Raw whole almonds
Salted pistachios in the shell
Cheese twists
French baguette
An interesting sort of cracker
Olives
Prosciutto
A good fruit relish
Wine or sparkling cider

    4 Responses leave one →
    1. February 13, 2014

      Cheese is my love language. A few of my favourite first date dinners with Chris involved a wedge of good cheddar, some crackers, and an apple, eaten picnic style on his bed watching movies and getting to know what made each other laugh.
      I think you have actually inspired our Valentine’s dinner, and the best part is there’s no cooking and hardly any washing up :)
      I’m not a fig girl, but some decently fudgy dates might be a nice treat :)
      Beautiful styling as ever too.

    2. February 13, 2014

      Emma, I welcome a nice cheese platter any time…any occasion…even on Valentine’s Day!
      Lovely platter, with a wonderful selection of cheese, fruit, and crusty bread!
      Beautiful platter:)
      Happy Valentine’s Day!

    3. Lisa permalink
      February 15, 2014

      This inspired me to do a Raclette http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raclette

    4. February 15, 2014

      Cheese is awesome :D

      Lisa, I checked that out because I’d never heard of it, it sounds delicious!

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