Everyone loves them so we asked Sherin from Graze by Sherin Pourzand to share some tips to up our grazing table game for the festive season.
What better way to welcome your guests than an impressive display of artisan cured meats, beautiful unique cheeses and a selection of delicious a antipasti.
But the greatest thing about a grazing table is that you can prepare it ahead of time and can thus enjoy the time entertaining your guests (which is what your supposed to do!)Rather than spending the evening boiling, baking and tossing.
Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure your next grazing table is just that, an impressive display.
First and foremost quality of quantity
Don't feel the need to offer too much variety. Instead, be confident in your choice. A generous portion of good quality artisan cheese leaves. A great impression on your guests than five or six small mass-produced cheeses with little flavour and texture.
This leads me to my second point, know your produce
An impressive grazing table will be a point of conversation, so ensure you know what you have on display. Learn what region the cheese is from, the milk used and the maturation process. Cheese is all about milk, so the pasture and the source of the milk is hugely important to the cheese making process, This is not a task, it's fun and you will be amazed how your knowledge of produce snowballs once you take an active interest in what you are purveying.
A great trick is to utilising height
Height gives form. If you have a few boards on the one table, raise the outer boards to create flow and texture. An easy way to create height is by propping the selected elements with an upside down bowl or plinth. For other elements of height, I fill any gaps on the table with individual stem flowers, candles or electric items.
Always use equipment that you love
I tend to gravitates towards natural organic tomes and materials like streaked marbles, timbers and charcoals. These are my staples but over time I have collected gold metallic bowls, resin knives and other unique items so that the board is a reflection of my personality and individual tastes. Do what makes you comfortable and happy as it makes others feel that when they enjoy your take on a grazing table.
To assist with your next grazing board, below is a list of produce I can recommend available at Claremont Quarter.
PETIT GREG CHAMPENOIS 150G, $12.99 – FARMER JACKS | DELICE CREMIER TRUFFLE RUIN 100G, $16.99 – FARMER JACKS | DELICE MINI 100G, $10.99 – FARMER JACKS
MAMAS HOME STYLE AJVAR RELISH 550G, $8.49 – FARMER JACKS | ROZA’S GOURMET, TRADITIONAL PESTO, 250G, $9.89 – FARMER JACKS | PETER WATSON HORSERADISH MUSTARD, 250G, $15.95 - LIQUORIC | PETER WATSON CHILLI JAM, 250G, $15.95 - LIQUORICE | OLIO BELLA SESAME, DATE & LIME CHUTNEY, 300G, $16.95 - LIQUORICE | OLIO BELLA OLIVE BALSAMIC, 250G, $14.95 – LIQUORICE |
WESTMONT PICKLES 500G, $10.95 – LIQUORICE
PIZZA BIANCA $5.50 - NEW NORCIA | FRENCH RUSTIC SOURDOUGH $4.20 - NEW NORCIA
VALLEY SEED CRISPS, FIG & OLIVE, 170G, $9.49 – FARMER JACKS | FINE FETTLE FLATES, BEETROOT & HAZELNUT, 80G, $7.95 – FARMER JACKS | ANNAS GINGER THINS, 150G, $2.99 – FARMER JAKCS
THE SPECIAL TOUCHES
THE SPICE LIBRARY, WILD FIGS, 200G, $11.99 – FARMER JACKS | AETOZ BEEZ, HONEY COMB, 250G, $12.99 – FARMER JACKS | MAGGIE BEER, BURNT FIG JAM, 285G, $13.79 – FARMER JACKS | RASPBERRY POWDER, 35G, $15.95 – LIQUORICE | DRIED NATURAL PEAR $69.95/KG – LIQUORICE | MUSCATELS $59.95/KG – LIQUORICE | DRIED STRAWBERRY SLICES $200/KG – LIQUORICE | ROSEBUDS / PETALS $150/KG – LIQUORICE
ROSEWATER CAKE $42 – NEW NORCIA | LEMON MERINGUE CAKE, $32 – GOURMET REPUBLIK | PERSIAN NOUGAT, $16.95, 135G – LIQUORICE | PASHMAK PARIGA PERSIAN FAIRY FLOSS ROSE, 200G, $22.94 – LIQUORICE
A VARIED ASSORTMENT – FARMER JACKS
PLATTERS & SERVING DISHES
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