In many cultures, gathering always surround food. Whether it is at a restaurant or around the kitchen, you are sharing an experiences and involving various senses such as smell, taste, touch…..etc.
My favourite thing at the cottage is setting up the cheese plate and charcuterie board. Bon Appetit had a great article in choosing the meat https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/charcuterie-board
The trick is to have layers ( i.e. making it 3D) and have variety. Platters are key, they should be solid and easy to pass around.
For the cheese plate : Brie, cheddar, Sheep or goat cheese…..a mixture of hard, medium, cream cheeses. add some walnut, apricot, dates, cashew between the cheeses. Maybe a dash of grapes or fig.
In addition, to make it more interesting, try adding smoked salmon, antipasto, quince paste, hummus, trout spread….
A mixture of crackers as seen on the sectional wood platter adds a bit of sophistication to the whole spread.
Laguoile cheese knives are also great. We used to have cheese knives set but it is constantly sold out so make sure you email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org if you are looking for any.
Anyways, it is relaxing with a glass of wine, nibbling on cheese, nuts, cured meat………that is what life is all about.