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Sunday, 16 July 2017
Christmas in July dessert cheese platter
potato and parsley stars first appeared on my blog many years ago and were excellent. I added a slurp of truffle oil to the mashed potatoes before cutting and baking as stars. They reheated well too. Sylvia took quite a liking to them. In fact I think she liked them more than the candy cane pizza that I made for the children.
Meanwhile I had more ambitious plans for dessert. We went to the Queen Victoria Market on Friday and I was tempted by some fancy cheeses and charcoal lavosh crackers. Who could resist! After seeing a few amazing platters online (just search "platters" on Pinterest) I decided I would combine dessert and cheese into a platter.
gingerbread biscuits that I make quite often. Also included on the platter was raspberry cheese, smoked cheese, brie, swiss cheese, mini crackers, charcoal lavosh crackers, walnuts in shells, smarties, quince paste, medjool dates, dried apricots, mandarin, raspberries, blueberries, and apples (later replaced by pear). I had dreamed I would have time to make a creamy chocolate dip that that never happened. I tried to keep it seasonal but berries are too pretty not to include.
I really enjoyed this sort of dessert. It looked impressive and was really enjoyable with mulled wine and/or Baileys. I think you could add a few vegies and make it into a complete meal. As a host of the meal, it was really easy to serve. No bowls or spoons. I could sit and chat without rushing around heating up and preparing food. For all of us it was a very relaxed way to eat dessert. Everyone could take as much as they liked.
Before we knew it everyone had helped with the dishes and headed home. We were left to remove the wigs that had found their way to hang from the ceiling of the car port and then lie on the couch groaning at our full bellies. I'll return with some recipes from the dinner soon.
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Past Christmas in July Feasts on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Christmas in July lunch 2016
Christmas in July dinner party 2015
Christmas in July dinner 2014
Christmas in July at Sovereign Hill 2013
Christmas in July cupcakes 2010
Christmas in July at Miss Marple's Tea Room 2008
Christmas in July birthday lunch 2007
Dessert cheese platter
This platter really needs no ingredient list or method as it is really a matter of using what you have about. A good balance of soft, crunchy, savoury, sweet is important. Here is what I had on my platter:
Gingerbread, raspberry cheese, smoked cheese, brie, swiss cheese, mini crackers, charcoal lavosh crackers, walnuts in shells, smarties, quince paste, medjool dates, dried apricots, mandarin, raspberries, blueberries, and apples/pear.
On the Stereo:
White Christmas: Bing Crosby