Christmas Eve has been kind enough to host the big show in my house for the last 15 years or so. What started as opening just one present as kids, soon become two, and eventually as the legal alcohol age was surpassed, it strangely became, “Lets open every present”. Even when my mother was sick, we still made sure to get down with this tradition and open everything before Santa could land his sleigh. This year, Sarah and I headed over to my father’s for a bit of celebration, some bubbles and presents!
If you can’t tell from the title, I was bringing cheese. I also brought a few bags of other treats, but cheese was my focus. After all, who needs a big heavy meal when you can gorge on delicious cheese. Stopping by Everything Cheese last minute, Sarah and I looked through the sparsely populated shelves and started sampling ourselves into each selection. Red Leicester (our current favourite), Cave Aged Gruyere, Riopelle, Chevre Noir, & Smokehouse Cheddar. We figured the mix would give us a well rounded profile and texture. From hard to soft, and strong to safe. We also picked up two Berkshire Chobai sausages, a sweet & hot Hungarian.
With plates of vegetables, bowls of olives, crackers, bread, and the three-tiered dessert tray plate full of classics, it’s safe to say we had more than enough to fill our bellies and our daily caloric requirements. The riopelle, with it’s soft texture and neutral creamy profile was a huge hit, and I found myself layering it on slices of baguette and finishing it with The Jam Lady’s mango chutney. If there was any miss, it would have been the cave aged gruyere which seemed to be avoided due to it’s lingering flavour. I think it would have suited itself better in a melted form and may just be brought back for pizzas or grilled cheese sandwich. Part of me can’t telly you what was better, eating such delicious treats, or opening the presents!