Cheese boards aren’t just for Christmas, they’re for every occasion – including Mother’s Day.
And as someone who is a big fan of the charcuterie trend, I thought I’d share how to build one, including how to make a chorizo rose.
The Snowdonia Cheese Company currently have a £35 Mother’s Day hamper which has pretty much everything you need to get you started.
The luxury hamper is filled with crispy buttermilk crackers, apple and custard biscuits, rhubarb and gin chutney alongside two Snowdonia Cheese Company signature cheeses – Black Bomber mature cheddar, and their vintage red Leicester, Red Storm.
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Not only does it come beautifully packaged in a sleek black hamper that can be restyled as home décor, it also comes with a stylish slate cheese board to arrange everything on.
Then, from Aldi, I picked up a packet of sliced chorizo, some mixed grapes and some mixed nuts – but you can add whatever you, or your mum loves.
To start, I laid the cheese board on a clean kitchen worktop and grabbed a highball glass and my chorizo.
To make the chorizo rose, which would be the focal point of the board, I placed the slices on the rim of the glass, overlapping them slightly as I worked my way around the glass.
When I couldn’t see the center any more, I simply flipped it over and revealed my beautiful floral centerpiece.
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To keep things simple, I left the rhubarb and gin chutney in its original jar, popping it off the lid and placing it slightly below my cured meat on the slate. The chutney is so tart and fruity, and the addition of gin is perfect for Mother’s Day.
Of course, the main component of a cheese board is the cheese, so I cut the wax off each of the Snowdonia Cheese Company bestsellers at room temperature, and roughly sliced, making sure to throw on some crumbly bits.
I added the red Leicester to the right of the board and the Black Bomber cheddar to the left before adding some of the delicious hexagonal crackers to either side of the board.
I’m typically a Tuc cracker kind of girl, but these are so beautifully crunchy and don’t take away from the flavors of the cheese.
To finish off the board I placed some red and green grapes vine side down, and used the mixed nuts to fill in any gaps. Personally, I don’t think you should be able to see the bottom of a cheese board – it’s all about them being jam packed with flavor and texture.
I sampled the cheese with a cracker and some chutney and the flavor combination absolutely blew me away.
The cheeses were super creamy and the chutney really set it off. If you’re thinking of a special and thoughtful gift this Mother’s Day, a cheese board could be a really fun alternative gift.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.