Lindsay’s Feast: Celebratory Grazing Board

by Lindsday Radcliffe

A couple of years ago, I packed up my frantic London life and set off for the countryside. Along with the move, I launched my blog, The Feast, to document my obsession with food. I’m an unschooled home-cook, with no greater knowledge than other home-cooks across the country. On Lindsay’s Feast, I share my culinary wisdom and (mis)adventures. Whether it’s meeting local producers, swishing across the pond to learn the finer points of wine-tasting, or quite simply battering around my own kitchen attempting to make meringues. I have an excessive sweet-tooth and have never been known to turn down a pudding.

Over the years I’ve lived in Hong Kong, Spain and South Africa, and each place, along with its food, has become a little part of who I am. I now live in a tiny cottage in a bustling Hampshire village. While I may endlessly complain about the rain and threaten to emigrate to the southern hemisphere at least twice a week, this cottage, with its miniscule kitchen and lop-sided stove, is starting to feel very much like home.

The season for entertaining and indulgence is nearly upon us. Feeding large crowds can sometimes be a little intimidating, but there’s nothing easier than opening a bottle of Mirabeau Classic and throwing together a celebratory grazing board.

Mine is usually laden with cheese, biscuits, bread, prosciutto, salami, fruit, nuts and maybe even some chocolate florentines. If I’m serving a soft cheese, like Camembert or Mont d’or, I pop it in the oven for a few minutes until it’s meltingly delicious. I choose a large board, fill it with goodies and pop it in the middle of the table for everyone to help themselves.

So simple, but a real showstopper. Cheers!

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