Simple and delicious …
I love it when something so simple turns out to be so memorable.
One of my good friends hosted a beautiful meal last night at her home and I was
lucky enough to score an invite.
Everyone brought a cheese to contribute to the cheese platter … and what a
platter! Homemade bread, marinated olives, pickled chanterelles, toasted nuts,
all the good things. But the one thing that stands out the most for me was the
simple dish of manchego cheese with honey and fresh thyme.
Manchego is a Spanish sheep’s milk cheese usually aged between 60 days and
two years – a delicious thing. Runge’s Deli in Courtenay carries a great
manchego, and it’s worth splurging for a big chunk because you’ll eat more than
you think. Paired with local honey and a glass of Pedro Ximenez sherry, you’ll
think you’ve died and gone to Spain.
We’ve got some great honey producers at the Comox Valley Farmer’s Market so
make the trip down on Saturday and grab some local honey to go with this – it’s
worth it. Thyme flowers are blooming right now, get into your garden and pick
some or make friends with someone who has it growing in their yard.
This dish is simple:
Cut the manchego into bite size pieces; warm some honey (and infuse it with
some thyme if you have the time – haha, food pun). Drizzle the cheese with the
honey, a bit of high quality salt and garnish with fresh thyme flowers. Voila! You
have a stunning and simple dish.