A revolving “lazy susan” perfect for an appetizer cheese platter… I couldn’t resist when I spotted it at a weekend bazaar for an incredibly reasonable sounding PHP450 or roughly USD10. Made of thin, tempered glass it has small rubber “feet” that steady the base on your table, and you can spin it around. Back at home, I tested it on the coffee table and realized it must be an “overrun” or a “reject” as the glass didn’t seem to be revolving in a perfectly symmetrical fashion… but I bet most guests would never even notice this. A Dansk design, I was happy to pay USD10 for it. It was the perfect setting for a lighter presentation of five cheeses as pica-pica one evening during the holidays.
Ginger (derived from Gingerbread), our chocolate labrador, was amused that it could spin about, and if she didn’t possess such great self control I suspect she would have munched on a small wheel of cheese that night. Actually, she was even more interested in the bread and crackers served with the cheese. That night, five cheeses made it to the platter — an aged Manchego, a log of chevre, some camembert, a thin pungent slice of Morbier (a stand in for a blue cheese) and some reblochon. Most people suggest that a cheese platter have at least one cow’s milk, one sheep’s milk and one blue cheese as a starting point. I would personally throw in a triple cream if you can find it, and a nice hard cheese like parmiggiano reggiano or manchego.