Almost twenty years ago, when my husband and I were still dating, we loved to have cheesy romantic evenings. I’m not saying romance is cheesy, I’m saying our romantic evenings involved cheese. Lots of cheese.
We would drive to the nearest Wegman’s, grab a baguette from the bakery then meander over to the cheese bar where we would most often grab goat cheese, some brie, and some fun and exotic cheese we hadn’t tried yet. A quick stop in the produce department for a salad and the olive bar for some salty little bits of goodness, then back to his house or mine we went. We’d crack open a bottle of wine, tear hunks off of our baguette and load them with bits of the cheese we had just bought, eat olives, stare into each others eyes, and not care that we both had totally cheesy breath. Love has no sense of smell people.
Our romantic evenings were capped off with understated entertainment like watching a classic film such as “UHF” or “Cabin Boy”. I never, EVER claimed that we were sophisticated, friends.
Fast forward these past almost twenty years and we have a literal handful of sons. We still have our cheesy romantic evenings. When we lay a baguette on the table there is a loud buzzing sound and the children descend on it like locusts. We have a bunch of people sitting on or between or around us when we pop in our classic films. They all shout the lines to “UHF” over the actors on screen. We still stare lovingly into each others eyes around teenage heads that eat more cheese than we could ever eat and still remain capable of movement. But we still eat our salads, olives, and cheese -lots of it- and kiss each other with cheese breath.
These days, our favourite riff on this theme that means so much to us is to serve wafer thin crispbreads with a tangy, soft goat cheese, a big, beautiful, juicy blackberry (we get Driscoll’s brand berries at our beloved Wegman’s.), and a drizzle of sweet clover or orange blossom honey. It seems impossible that such a simple combination could be so perfect, but it is.
If you top a wooden cutting board or tray with goat cheese, a bowl of blackberries, a pile of crisps and a jar of honey, you have an instant cheese course that will impress even the most gourmet of guests. It doesn’t need to be confined to the end of a meal, though. You can serve it as an appetizer, an offering on a holiday buffet, or a simple, romantic meal to share with your most loved one. I recommend accompanying it with a dry white wine and some Weird Al.
What? It worked for me!
In case you’re wondering, I use 34 Degrees Crispbread for these appetizers. I like them so much, I order them in bulk from Amazon so I always have the building blocks of a tasty appetizer in case unexpected guests drop by our house. (This is an Amazon affiliate link. If you purchase after clicking the link, I receive a small commission which in no way effects the price of the item for you. Thank you!)