GOAT CHEESE WITH GRAPES, HONEY AND WALNUTS
“In Catalonia, mild goat cheese served with honey is called mel i mato. Similar cheeses, like French-style fromage blanc, fresh ricotta, Italian aged ricotta salata and Greek manouri, are paired with fragrant honey throughout the Mediterranean. In Italy and in the Basque country, aged mountain cheeses and sharp sheep’s milk cheeses are often served with honey or preserves, too.” David Tanis
two 6 ounce logs of mild goat cheese
chestnut or other artisanal honey (the flavor of honey comes from the bee’s diet – chestnut, mesquite, orange blossom, lavender, acacia, wildflower, alfalfa, buckwheat, eucalyptus or sage)
fresh table grapes in season
crackers for serving (optional – I like Carr’s small whole wheat crackers, which are slightly sweet, with this)
1. Slice each goat cheese log into 5 pieces with a thin sharp knife or cheese wire. Arrange cheese on a platter. Top each round with a good teaspoonful of honey.
2. Serve garnished with walnuts and accompanied with grapes.
from David Tanis, A Platter of Figs