The perfect cheese platter is, to me, quintessentially Summer. Watching the sun go down, sitting on the terrace, winding down the end of day spent with good friends & family after a day out on the lake waterskiing or strolling the local streets and sitting back with an ice cold Rose & delicious platter of some of my favourite all-time snacks? Come on, Life doesn’t get much better than that! A perfect Aperitif, platter or ‘drinks o'clock’ really is the ideal way to end your day. Work or no work, friends or solo, outdoor picnic or private home, evenings improvised at the last moment are often the best. A special time to cherish moments with your favourite friends and share with a non-stress approach to a plethora of fun snacks in the form of a deconstructed platter, these are the moments I live for!
While the concept of Aperitivo hour and a good platter has been around for a while (think back to he egg sandwich’s of the 70’s, the celery ‘boats’ of the 80’s, crostini of the 90’s…. it’s fair to say that platter porn is a real thing and these guys are getting better looking & more creative every year that goes by. The best part? (Other than the ability to satisfy your tastebuds exact desires and go from sweet to savoury, crispy to smooth in a matter of seconds) is the lack of kitchen time and busying yourself with dishes / food prep while your guests enjoy the delicious morsels you have prepped earlier. So what we’re saying is, Platters really are the perfect solution for an aperitif, whether it’s a throw together last minute get together or a long-lost reconnection of high-school pals. And lucky for you, we have prepared a list on how to prepare the perfect appetizer board to knock the socks off your next get together. Here goes my friends…
1) Create a cheese assortment (The toughest decision!)
The sky really is the limit when it comes to Cheese… how long is a piece of string!? From a creamy soft Brie to the harder Elemental to a fragrant Cumin Gouda to a Smokey cheddar… For a balanced platter we suggest 2-3 types of varied cheese(I mean as many as possible…) Blue cheese, Feta & Goats cheese are the stronger varieties and are often a perfect 3rd or 4th addition to the platter and sprinkled in crumbs as you don’t need much of these to taste the bite.
Get experimental and trial & error to find the best partnership between your cold meat, sweetener and selected cheese (Yes, it’s essential you test before it gets in the hands of your guests, promise.)
2) Cold meat / A protein
Personally I am a vegetarian but it’s hard to give the cold meats a miss when we’re creating a perfectly balanced appetizer platter board. Ideally we would suggest to choose between 2-3 cold meats for a balanced (both visually & taste-palette wise!) cold meats. Some favourites would be salami and cured ham to appeal to all your guests flavor desires but don’t hesitate to be creative and test out various cold meats that you’re not used to, the platter is the perfect place to try these out! (For the fellow vegetarians out there, you could try slicing up a vegan sausage or pan fry some tempe slices to add an extra slice of Protein to the board.)
3) Fresh Bread
Homemade bread, buns with seeds, baguette or slices of peasant bread rubbed with tomato, the choice for your base is wide so go to town & mix it up!
In case of a Gluten free guest, be sure to pop in a few Oat crackers (Gluten free type) or Rice Crackers to make sure they can enjoy the platter party too. A couple of varieties of crackers not only make the platter look more fun, it’s a good way to taste the different flavours of the cheese / meat if the bread is too much.
5) A lubricant.
Think Hummus, Basil Pesto, Beetroot Dip, Cottage Cheese or the classic Kiwi Dip (For those who know – you know). A delicious little extra you might want to add here (form our French friends) is Crudité – an epic creamy cheese sauce which is used to soak up your bread / crackers of vege sticks…. I know, WHAT!? Recipe is at the end of this list…. Read on friends!
6) The fun stuff.
Now you have laid down the essentials, it’s time to fill in the gaps with all the fun stuff! Think Toasted seeds, crunchy nuts, cashews, chunks of dark chocolate, strawberries, sliced fruit, dried apricots, corn chips, Fresh popcorn, Olives, cherry tomatoes, grapes… the options are a plenty! We suggest to try and keep this a delicious balance between sweet & savoury to satisfy all your guests desires.
7) Bring some colorful garnish
Once you have placed all of your main items on the platter, it’s time to get really creative! Seeds, crackers, biscuits, rolled up dried fruit ... lots of little things to nibble, and so many ways in which to display them! Laid in neat rows or deconstructed and a little of something repeated across the board…. Decide your method and begin placing! It’s also at this point we can start to think about a little something extra & colourful to add some pizazz and fun to the board like edible flowers, cherry tomatoes, fruit cut up in unique shapes, some greenery…This is also a good opportunity to add in some Carrots / Celery if the board is looking a little colour-lacking!
8) A sweet little bonus!
I wasn’t a fan on this situation featuring on my platter for years….until I finally tried it. An addition of a little sweetener in the form of honey or fruit jam is absolutely essential and really is the icing on the cake to all the bits & bobs already featuring on the platter. Once your guests try this mix of salty and sweet, I can guarantee their tastebuds will be blown & you’ll be the talk of platter-town. Honey (either straight from the jar served in a bowl or from the honeycomb) is the perfect addition to a piece cheese atop a crispy baguette slice drowned down with a good drop of wine….ahhh bliss.
Of course! Ain’t no platter a real thing until it’s accompanied with a crispy White, delicious Red of Cold Rose (Season permitting of course!) Don’t forget to put a few bottles of good wine in the fridge before the festivities so that they are ice cold when your pals arrive.
BONUS: If you havn't ever tried a Crudite sauce... our Friends from France tell us we are missing out on one of the best things to graze this planet... and let's be real, these guys know a thing or 2 about platters & cheese! So here goes:
Recipe for the perfect crudité sauce:
Mix the cottage cheese, cream and the mustard together, beating well.
Add the parsley and the chives. And salt.
Leave it in the fridge to set.
This creamy delicious dip is good for up to 3 days (If it makes it past day 1!)
Let us know how you go with your platters for your next Aperitivo hour and don't forget to tag us on your next platter creation project! Use the hashtag #Aperitivo #LaLunaRose, we would love to see and share your creations! x
Ok we might be a little bias but if you're planning a trip to the magical island of Bali, we're 99.99% sure that Canggu is a must on your 'must stay' list of places to visit. And boy do we know a good villa or 10 to get the holiday REALLY started.....
The guys over at The Luxe Nomad, a property group who host villa's across Asia are a GREAT place to start your 'Villa Shopping' and start getting excited about your upcoming trip! Over the years we've had the pleasure of sipping back on many a cocktail and bintangs in a fair few villa's around the 'Gu and today we're here to share with you 3 of our favourites. Step this way my friends...
Calling all Pasta Lovers, Far & Wide! Centered in our favourite country of Italy, we have created this blog post not only as a little holliday escape around Italy but to help give you a deeper understanding of that carbo-heavy, winter-loving Pasta obsession that I know you all have.
Have you ever wondered where (and why?) those delicious Pasta dumplings served in juicy sauce come from exactly? How bout Spaghetti, is it the long-lost cousin of fettuccine or were they born at the same time in different areas? And delicious potato pasta balls (aka Gnocchi) ummm, HELLO, where on earth did YOU come from!?
Let’s be real here…. A good looking platter is not only the perfect piece of Pintrest Porn but a delicious piece of real life edible art – and who’s complaining about that!? Aperitivo hour – the two hours around sunset time – may just be my favourite time of the day due to the snacks & platters that manifest and appear across the globe at this time. We took to pinterest to scope out some killer platters that we can't wait to replicate... Read on for more inspiration.
Our necklaces come in a variety of lengths from 15" (Petites & almost a Choker length) to 23". Our 15", 16" and 18" length necklaces all come in our Fine Chain with the 20" and 23" length chains in our 'Everyday' Chain which is slightly heavier in weight. All items in the La Luna Rose shop clearly label the length of the chain used for that design. Unless otherwise stated, all necklaces are adjustable by 1"/2.5cm in length. Below is a diagram of how our chain lengths sit on a body. If you have a large breast area, you may find that the 23" length chain sits in between your boobs...a good thing or bad, I'm not sure, that's up to you!
|CHARITY & SALLY T-SHIRT MEASUREMENTS||SMALL (Size 6-10)||MEDIUM (Size 10-14||LARGE (Size 14-16)|
It is important to note that different countries have different sizing methods.
Most of the world goes by number sizing which is the easiest and most accurate.
Because we sell our jewellery all over the world, we have decided to stick with number sizing and have put together the below chart to help you out. The most common size for ladies is a size 7 and size 10 for man. If you are unsure of your size you can measure the inner diameter of one of your own rings and refer to the below measurements.
Feel free to email us at email@example.com if you have any further issues.
Please also note that if you are ordering a wide band ring, its usually a good idea to go up a size.
Size 6 = Ring Sizes L, M, N. Inner Diameter measures 16.5mm
Size 7 = Ring Sizes N, O, P. Inner Diameter measures 17.3mm
Size 8 = Ring Sizes P, Q, R. Inner Diameter measures 18.1mm
Size 9 = Ring Sizes R, S, T. Inner Diameter measures 18.9mm
If you require a ring in a different size in any of the designs offered, please send us an email here and we will see what our clever silversmiths can do for you.
La Luna Rose chain bracelets fit much like the beaded bracelets with an adjustable clasp. Therefore they have two/three size options for you. They sit at a total circumference of approx 15cm & 17.5cm
LA LUNA ROSE PETITES SIZING
Petites Bracelets - We have a number of options for our bracelets for little girls - they're our top seller and little girls just love them! Our Beaded tassel bracelets have an adjustable sizing system and comfortably fit a little girl from aged 3 - 14. Girls 14 and upwards are recommended to fit our Adults collection however if they have small wrists they will still fit the Petites range. To measure a little girls wrist, please wrap a piece around their wrist with 2 fingers underneath. Mark the paper, and lay flat to measure with a ruler.
Our Petites Sideshow Sally Bracelets are adjustable in length and open up to 18cm in circumference. If you don't have a direct wrist to measure, this bracelet system is almost fail safe and accommodates almost all wrist sizes.
Our Petites Sunday Sandy Bracelets measure 12cm in length with 3 options of length within the clasp system.
Our La Luna Fiesta Bracelets measure 14cm in length/circumference and all have the ability to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
Our Petites Chain Bracelets measure 15cm in length with an smaller loop at 12.5cm. If you need larger, feel free to order an adults size.
Petites Rings - Our Petites range also offers rings for little girls. Please measure your childs finger first to ensure you are ordering the correct size. We would recommend a size 3.5 for girls 6-8 and a size 4.5 for girls 8-13 and a size 5-6 for 14-17year olds. However - every finger and body is different! Any questions, just send us and email here and we would be happy to help.
Petites Necklaces - Our La Luna Rose Fine Chain Necklace measure 15" in length with an extra size loop at 14". Our La Luna Fiesta Necklaces measure 34cm in length and all have the ability to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
If you require any other sizes for any of our items, please just let us know and we will see what we can whip up for you! You can contact us here.