With Herbs coming into their own now and more herbs are readily available either to the home grower or the person who buys from the supermarket. Here is a little way of pepping up soft cheeses such as goats cheese (a particular favourite of mine), feta or a cream cheese or combine a couple of the cheeses depending on your own palate). This gives them a slightly different twist. Taking the few minutes time out to do this creates something simple and stunning. This make over can be given to bought cheeses or your own home produced cheeses . Not only is this visually stunning but has a lot of flavour as well. Something like this would be excellent served as part of the cheese course at a Dinner Party, or equally an indulgent summer lunch for yourself.
This is just one of the combinations, no doubt you will go on to create your own.
Thyme and Chopped Garlic
Approx 3 - 3/4 oz (100g) soft goats cheese either bought or home made.
Several Fresh Thyme stems - leaves and flowers removed from their stem
Clove of garlic
- Take your chosen cheese. If bought from a supermarket take out of its packaging. Place cheese on a plate.
- Take your fresh Thyme pulling the leaves off their stems and if in flower removing the flowers and placing with the leaves.
- Finely chop the garlic and combine with the Thyme leaves.
- Gently press the Thyme and garlic mixture over the cheese until lightly coated.
- Wrap loosely in greaseproof and chill in a cool place until required.
- Use up within three days.
Here's a photo of the one (sorry to follow have lost the computer camera cable) I have prepared. I picked the fresh Thyme from my window box and I bought fresh Garlic yesterday. To ring the changes you could always add a little smoked garlic instead.
Serve with some hom-made crackers or savoury biscuits and some good home made relish.
The choice is down to you.