What with the financial fears that are currently darkening the skies over Europe and the mindless phrases being spoken by some American politicians, it definitively seems time for a sweeter reference to reality.
And what’s sweeter (and more grounded) than a great cheese and a divinely delightful honey, especially for Dad’s Day. But the secret to the greatest culinary enjoyment is making the best match – just as in life.
So consider ‘marrying’ a clover honey with a Swiss Alpine or an Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Another great ‘relationship’ is a hardy buckwheat honey with an earthy Gouda cheese. In each case, the contrast between the warm broad flavor of the cheese and the nutty character of the cheese is, well, a perfect match.
For those who prefer a closer balance of tone and flavor, there are the often overlooked bright delight of citrus honeys, which go well with a wide range of cheeses, including Camembert, Gruyere, Brie and mild Bleu.
Yet if sweetness is your desire while celebrating Father’s Day, honeys crafted from wildflowers capture an overt sweet taste that seem perfectly matched to Ricotta cheeses. Its soft spreadable nature makes this duet literally dance across one’s palette, especially if topped with fresh fruit.
Just remember, that no matter which honey and cheese combo you prefer, on Father's Day Dad is the one who is simply matchless!
Your Culinary World copyright Ana Kinkaid/Peter Schlagel 2012