Food Chat – Cheese Platter Chatter – Dani Valent

Learn how to craft a wonderful cheese board

It’s all about the cheese!

Today we chat with cheesemonger Anthony Femia from Maker & Monger at Prahran Market to get the inside word on how to craft a cheese platter. My key takeaway from this chat: eat cheese with gusto at anytime of day.

Top tips:

  • consider the ‘weight’ of your cheese, that is, how heavily they land on the palate, and serve a mix of delicate and powerful cheeses
  • let cheese come to room temperature before serving
  • serve fruit: consider a mix of fresh and dried. Fresh or dried apple, pear and grapes are good. In summer, you could even serve barbecued peaches or nectarines – great with goat’s cheese
  • quince paste is great, especially with a bitey cheddar or manchego, but consider alternatives such as blueberry paste and honey (a piece of honeycomb looks amazing on a platter)
  • offer a different knife for each cheese
  • provide a range of crackers and bread so people can experiment with different flavours and textures

What about wine?

  • a crisp white, such as chenin blanc (more acidic) or soave (tending to dry) is lovely
  • if you want to head more to sweet, dessert wine territory, try something with a little botrytis or a late harvest riesling

Our four cheeses are:

  • Petit Chevrot from the Loire Valley, France. This soft French goat’s cheese is lightly matured (you’ll see Anthony point out the geotrichum, a light mould). Anthony mentions crottin or “little round” which describes the shape
  • Stone & Crow Cheese Company’s Galactic from the Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia. This one week old cow’s milk cheese is ‘milk that’s just learnt to be cheese’ with a light, white mould. As Anthony says, this style of cheese is called robiola, and it relies on the flora in the milk itself to become cultured
  • Tomme de Chebris from the midi-Pyrenees, France. This is a semi-hard goat’s milk cheese from the mountainous region close to the Basque country. It’s matured for six months and has a sweet, lactic flavour with caramel coming through. Eat with fruit paste, like this blueberry paste
  • Berrys Creek Riverine Blue from Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. This blue-vein cheese is made with buffalo milk. Fun fact: blue vein cheeses are the only ones that continue to mature once cut

Try Anthony’s recipes:

More about this video

  • It’s so much fun shooting at Prahran Market.
  • I love my Elk top and coat. Their light denim is so easy to wear.
  • Cheese really does make life better, according to this article to live by.
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