Whenever I throw a party, I have this slight phobia that there won’t be enough food for my guests. A cheese platter is the perfect solution. Anytime I’m entertaining, I almost always put a platter out, whether its a full and large set like the one here or just to supplement other starters. With a beautiful cheese platter to graze on, none of your guests will go home hungry!
I typically pick out 3 or 4 different cheeses and supplement with nuts, cured meats, preserves and olives. The key is picking out a range of cheese so that you have something that suits everyone’s palate, so serving a blue, a soft, a hard and an aged covers most everyone’s preferences.
One of my favorite times of the year is when fresh berries first arrive at the farmer’s market. It’s impossible to describe how excited I get. What follows is a month-long binge of everything berry: smoothies, parfaits, syrups, pies and of course. . . cocktails. Here are a few berry images that make my mouth water just looking at them. What berry inspires you most?
Chocolate ganache is incredibly easy to make and is used in so many desserts. It’s essentially melted chocolate with cream and depending on how you’re going to use it, it can be a thicker or thinner consistency. This particular recipe is perfect for dunking churros into!
Churros are probably my favorite sweet – their crunchy fried exterior and moist interior is irresistible. I’ve tried many churro recipes before and played around with just as many shapes. Frying is not a glamorous job and frankly, it’s rather tedious and messy. So instead of standing over hot oil, carefully pipping in a couple of churros at a time, I decided to scoop small spoonfuls into the frying oil. The results were amazing. It’s as if a donut hole married a churro and created a beautiful child! Honestly, YUM.
It was love at first sight when I first stumbled across Ibride‘s serving trays while shopping at Liberty of London last summer. Made in France by designer Rachel Convers, each tray is painted in the style of 17th century Masters and depicts surreal portraits of human-like animals. They are utterly charming and beautifully bizarre. And not only are they functional (being waterproof, heat resistant and dishwasher safe), they make great wall decor in the kitchen or dining room!
One of the duties of a bartender is coming up with the perfect drink for a customer who can’t make up their mind. One night behind the bar, a regular of mine came in raving about a new spirit he’d tried that weekend: Demerara rum. Native to Guyana, Demerara rum has a particularly earthy, almost burnt flavor – perfect for cocktails. I quickly grabbed my mixing glass, some go-to mixers, and out poured the Georgetown. This cocktail packs a punch, with earthy, smoky, bitter and floral qualities all rolled into one. Needless to say, I’ve made (and sipped on) quite a few of these in my day.