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Dazzle your guests this Christmas with our Festive Feast Selection!
13 Dec 2021
Christmas is a time for sharing, and we couldn’t think of anything better to share with friends & family than delicious artisan Welsh Cheese! But we also know that Christmas can be a time of panic and pressure, so here at Cheese HQ we recently got thinking about how we could go some way to help our fantastic customers take the weight off this festive season.
When we curated our Festive Feast Cheeseboard Selection we did so with friends & family in mind, imagining which of our cheeses would be best served up alongside a mulled wine, or a turkey sandwich, whilst catching up with those loved ones that you may not have seen as much as you’d have liked over recent months.
While it’s easy for us to tell you which cheeses are perfect for those situations, we figured it would also help if we gave you some tips on how to serve and present our delicious cheeses!
Never ones to get ideas above our station, we drafted in the help of those who know best, in the form of Kiley, aka local grazing board legend @HoneyToTheBrie and Cassie, Cardiff lifestyle blog Queen-supreme @properlushh and asked them to work their magic on our festive selection.
It’s fair to say they did not disappoint.
First up, Kiley delivered a real Festive Feast, managing to create not one BUT TWO gorgeous platters! The first of which sits Angiddy, Mon Las, Black Bomber & Pant Ys Gawn alongside a selection of olives, cured meats and grapes, cured meats, sliced pear & crushed walnuts, sliced cornichons & baby pickled onions.
According to Kiley, what really makes this board pop is the Pant Ys Gawn which she rolled and tossed in mixed herbs, as well as the Mon Las, wrapped in pickle and prosciutto – a real one-bite taste explosion! Never one to shy away from decadence, Kiley managed to get her hands on some Welsh honeycomb to top the Brie with, but don’t feel you have to search high and low for such delicacies, a small drizzle of honey will really bring out the creaminess and get your guests buzzing.
On Kiley’s second board, she’s baked Golden Cenarth in thyme and olive oil, melting the cheese in the middle, creating a mini-fondue dipping pot. She served this alongside a Snowdonia Cheddar infused with brandy & port and the mustard-packed Y Fenni. Coupled with toasted bread, slow roasted garlic and a selection of peppery cured meats, this board is certainly one to thaw you out after a wintery walk!
Next up, Cassie invited her family round to put our Festive Feast to the test, popping a couple of bottles of wine to help wash it down. According to Cassie the evening got off to a bang with canapes using crumbs of the Mon Las blue sat on top of a slice of pear, wrapped in proscuttio – something we’ll definitely be testing out over the coming weeks!
The soft Pant Ys Gawn was treated to a drizzle of olive oil and rosemary to help bring out the salty notes and the creamy Black Bomber has been paired next to bitter dark chocolate… who are we to argue with that combo?! To finish the platter, Cassie added a selection of cured meats, crackers, fruit and nuts meaning there was something for everyone, although the same couldn’t be said for the Angiddy which got devoured so quickly Cassie didn’t even manage to snap a picture of it!
It’s been a real pleasure to collaborate with Kiley and Cassie on these projects, we’ve been insta-fans of theirs for a long time now so it was great to finally get together and something we’ll definitely hope to do more of in the future! If you haven’t already – head on over to Instagram and give them a like and a follow, and if you need any help creating your own festive masterpiece this Christmas, they’ll be more than happy to give you some pointers.