As the summer is quickly drawing to an end, I am trying to spend as much time as I can enjoying my balcony! I'm a huge fan of entertaining friends and family, as well as preparing elaborate but healthy meals for my boyfriend and I. And we enjoy many a nights dining and enjoying drinks on our balcony during the summer (which is most definitely why I had so much fun redecorating our balcony this summer)!
It has to be said, I absolutely adore charcuterie platters! I am a huge foodie, but not a big eater, preferring snacking and grazing, and tapas or light Parisian inspired meals consisting of red wine, cheese and a fresh baguette. And with tapas styled meals, antipasto and charcuterie platters, presentation is just as important as taste. I like that! I feel inspired as I stare at a blank serving platter and don't know how it will turn out until the very last item is placed. It's like art. Here's my latest charcuterie masterpiece featuring some seriously delicious Salerno and Ivanhoe Cheese from Gay Lea. I have to admit that incorporating Ivanhoe cheeses into my platter had me feeling a bit nostalgic. You see, I grew up not far from the Ivanhoe Cheese factory and attended highschool in Madoc, ON before settling in Toronto. I've never been to the factory, but I know that you can visit and watch their artisan and speciality cheeses being made live from inside the Ivanhoe Country Store! Pretty neat, right!?
See below a list of ingredients, so you can be inspired to make your very own charcuterie!
Here's What You'll Need... (Listed as displayed from left to right, top row then bottom row)
- organic seedless red grapes
- crostinis/artisan crisps
- almond-stuffed olives
- spicy genoa salami
- physalis (ground cherries)
- twisted breadsticks
- smoked gouda
- extra old white cheddar
- granny smith apple slices
- Ivanhoe old sharpe cheddar
- Salerno boccocini
- mild genoa salami
*Feel free to get creative and add or substitute items with things such as figs, cherries, tomatoes, nuts, sliced hardboiled eggs, tapenade, compote, a freshly sliced baguette, etc.
Cheers from the balcony! ENJOY!
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Until next time… Enjoy!
Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. Product is available in Ontario only, at most major grocery stores (except No Frills and Walmart).