Aromatic Accompaniments: Jams, Honey, and More
Over here at the Cheese Deli, where the customers and us appreciate the cheeses that is brought in, the art of savoring artisinal cheese and relishing gourmet charcuterie has taken center stage. One thing that is often overlooked but cruicial is the selection of aromatic accompaniments. These are the jams, honeys and more that take your cheese platters to the next level just mainly because of the flavours and textures.
Local cheese shops in Singapore, where cheese platters are often celebrated as an expression of culinary craftmanship, lies the hidden flavours of aromatic accompaniments. The shelves of our shop showcase an array of flavours that rival an artists palette – from the silky elegance of Bries to the bold complexity of Blues. Among this array, the choice of complementary jams, honeys and more becomes an amazing groups of flavours that heightens every bite.
Jams provide a delectable contrast to the richness of cheeses, making them an unsung hero of the cheese platter. The vibrant burst of flavour from rasberry jam is the velvety allure of a Camembert’s counterpart. A visual and gustatory feast that awakens the senses is created by the interaction of textures and colors. Beyong the norm, daring palates might experiment with unconventional pairings, like fusing the nuttines of Gouda with rich sweetness of fig jam.
Your experience with cheese and charcuterie will have a touch of luxury thanks to honey that is dripping with liquid gold. The intense flavour of blue cheese is balanced by the velvety of sweetness of honey, producing a delightful harmony that reverberates on your plate. Honey that have been infused with herbs or spices invite exploration and experimentation so you can find new pairings that surprise and delight.
Not to mention the allure of nuts and dried fruits, which are versatile allies that enhance your culinary journey. While the tart burst of dried apricots acts as a counterpoint to the savory allure of cured meats, the subtle crunch of toasted almons elevates the creamy texture of soft cheeses. Each bite becomes a moment of pure indulgence thanks to the complex dance of flavours and the interplay of textures.
Aromatic accompaniments are crucial parts of the culinary journey as cheese enthusiasts from Singapore gather to celebrate the world of cheeses and charcuterie. These accompaniments take center stage during cheese and wine workshops, where the art of pairing is revealed, enhancing the balance of flavors and elevating the tasting experience.
As we travel through SIngapore’s culinary landscape, the world of aromatized accompaniments reveals its captivating charm. From the traditional jam and honey to the refined craftmanship of artisanal cheese and gourmet meat, these ingredients contribute to the tapestry of flavours that define the city’s gastrnomic identity. Whether you’re looking for a taste of the past or the taste of the future, the rich symphony of aromatic accompaniments promises to take your dining experience to the next level and leave a lasting impression on your taste buds and memories.
There are a few things in the world of food that are as good as the perfect combination of flavours. Wine and cheese have been known as a perfect match for a long time, but there’s another combination that is gaining more and more recognition for its deliciousness – cheese and chocolates. In Singapore ever-evoloving food scene, where you can find artisanal cheeses, gourmet chocolates, and all kinds of Euroepean cheese treats, cheese and chocolate have taken on a whole new life as a delicious culinary adventure.
Artisanal Cheese and Chocolate Unite
Singapore is a heaven for food enthusiasts, offering a diverse array of premium cheese platters, artisanal cheese shops and gourmet charcuterie boards. Now, let’s dive into the world of chocolate. With its velvety texture and rich, rich flavours, when these two worlds meet, it’s a culinary paradise.
The Sensory Experience
When pairing cheese and chocolate, it’s not just about the flavours; it’s about the experience. The rich, creamy taste of a good cheese pairs perfectly with the rich, creamy flavour of high-quality chocolate. The combination of sweet and salty flavours creates a delicious symphony
Find the perfect pairing
If you decide to try and indulge yourself into the realm of cheese and chocolate combinations, here are a few things to keep in mind:
When venturing into the realm of cheese and chocolate combinations, consider the following tips:
- Cheese selection: Start with a wide variety of cheeses. From sharp cheddar to creamy brie, each cheese has its own unique flavour profile. Discover the best European cheeses and the best local European cheeses in Singapore.
- Chocolate Varieties: Mix the cheese with the right chocolate. Dark chocolate goes great with aged cheeses. Milk chocolate goes great with milder profiles.
- Texture Matters: One of the most important things to pay attention to is the texture. Camembert, for example, is a creamy cheese that contrasts perfectly with the bite of a chocolate – covered nut or a brttle nut.
- Wine and cheese pairings: If you’ve studied wine and cheese pairing in Singapore then you’ll know that some of these principles also apply to the cheese and chocolate pairing. When choosing your chocolate, think about the sweetness and the acidity of your wine.
- Experiment: Don’t be afraid to try something new. For a unique twist, try combining blue cheese with a dollop of white chocolate and drizzled with apricots.
Gifting the Experience
If you’re looking for a perfect gift for a special occasion in. Singapore, why not create a cheese or chocolate gift basket? With Singapore’s growing love of gourmet food and gourmet chocoholics, you’ll find a wide variety of exclusive cheese items paired with artisan chocolates that will make for an unforgettable and thoughtful gift.
The Art of Pairing
Combining cheese and chocolate is a culinary art form that excites the senses, invigorates creativity, and satisfies both sweet and salty appetites in one delicious bite. In the city that worships the culinary arts, discovering unique combinations of cheese and chocolate adds an extra layer of flavour to your meal.
In conclusion, the gourmet cheese world in Singapore doesnt end with a cheese platter, it continues with the perfect combination of cheese and chocolate. It’s a culinary symphony of creativity and gastronomy that showcases the best of the city’s food scene. Whether you’re creating high-end cheese platters, discovering local artisanal cheeses, or gifting gourmet food, chocolate can take your culinary experience to the next level. Cheers to finding the perfect pair!
The Art of Pairing: Wine & Cheese
First of all to start of this blog, pairings are very personal to everyone as each person’s perception of flavours are different! Cheese & wine go together like 2 peas in a pod, whenever you’re having a glass of wine you probably would think to yourself is there anytHing at our local cheese shop I could get artisanal cheese to elevate these flavours! I underatand wine and cheese pairings in Singapore are not part of our staple diet but I promise its something you should try at least once!
Before we get into our first pairing, we should probably get into the technicalities of wine and cheese pairings. Its a chemcial interaction between flavours like protien and fat content of the cheese can soften the tannins (tannins are compounds in wine that can make your mouth feel dry and add some bitterness) in red wines. And the high acidity in wines can cut through rich flavours of cheeses.
Today we will go through 3 different wine and cheese pairings from all the products that can be found at The Cheese Deli Singapore! We are a speciality cheese store that specialises in European cheese in Singapore & have premium cheese varieties from all over the world. In our opinion this is one of the best wine and cheese pairing combinations
Get ready for this cheese & wine pairing guide!
Lets go into our first wine and cheese pairing!
1000 day gouda + Guarda Rios Gold Edition 2020
1000 day gouda is one of the most popular cheeses we have at The Cheese Deli! Always a crowd favourite because of its intense savouriness, hints of caramel, flaky texture and overall wholesome flavour. And of course you cannot forget the protien crystals you get with every bite for a lil crunch!
Guarda Rios Gold Edition 2020 comes from a winery located in a transition zone, between the hills of the north Alentejo and the plains of the south. The vineyards are planted in a valley, surrounded by a forest of cork trees and water streams. 8 types of soils, different exposures to the sun, an array of tools for the winemakers to produce amazing wines. This fresh and diverse valley, proves to be the perfect location to produce inviting and aromatic wines that stand out as elegant with an international profile.
The depth, complexity and rich character of the wine pairs well with the intense flavours of the 1000 day gouda. The wine’s characteristics complements the cheeses’ long maturation process. the wine carries good acidity that will help cut through the rich flavour & crumbly texture that provides a good contrast.
Brie de Meaux + Tikveš Alexandria Cuvée White 2022
Brie de Meaux is a classic french cheese that is known far and wide. Brie de Meaux originated in the town of Meaux in France just outside of Paris. Brie de Meaux is knowns for it’s rich, creamy and mushroomy flavours. The soft bloomy rind (the outerside of the cheese) is edible and adds texture and flavour to the cheese.
Tikveš Alexandria Cuvée White 2022 is an amazing wine North Macedonia. If you’re like me and have no idea where Macedonia is, it’s situated in Southeastern Europe bordering Bulgaria to the east and Greece to the south. This wine is made with Chardonnay and Rieseling grapes with hints of tree fruit (peach, apple & pear), citrus (citrus, lemon & orange), yeast (banana, cream, yeast)& earthy (minerals, honey, stone).
The acidity of the wine helps cut through the rich and buttery notes of Brie de Meaux, it helps cleanse the palate after each bite of creamy cheese. Citrus, apple and pear flavours complement the earthiness and mushroom notes of the cheese. This combination is a harmonious blend of flavours.
Tete de Moine Gold + Tapada do Chaves Frangoneiro Reserva Tinto 2015
Tete de Moine is also known as ‘ Monk’s Head Cheese ‘ or as some of our customers like to call it ‘ flower cheese ‘. This cheese is loved by everyone we introduce it to as it’s flavours are delectable! The nutty, buttery & savoury notes really come out when you curl them into flowers. Changing the tetxture really helps bring out the undertones of the Tete de Moine.
Tapado do Chaves Franoneiro Reserva Tinto 2015 is widely raved about in the wine community. It recived a 4.3 star rating on Vivino! This wine comes from Portugal in the Alentejano region and made in the Tapada do Chaves winery. It’s dry, has high acidity, medium tanins and a very full body. It has hints of vanilla and smoke on the palate with a long finish. It has great balance and this wine is definitely one that covers all the bases.
The vanilla, tobacco & oak notes from the wine complements the buttery and nutty undertones of Tete de Moine, this also enhances all the best notes of both.
I hope this blog was informative about cheese and wine pairings of the wines and cheeses we offer here at The Cheese Deli. We offer a wide selection of artisanal cheese, wine & charcuterie! but if you dont want to assmble it yourself, we also offer premium cheese platters!