Carly is vegan by choice, and I’ve had some dietary issues so I’ve been a vegan all year but I’m now at the stage where I can start reintroducing seafood into my diet so I’ll definitely be enjoying some oysters – my favourite – this Christmas.
I love the grazing nature of Christmas feasting so platters laden with locally made cheeses, fruits, crackers and nuts have always been another fave. There’s nothing more enticing than an oversized platter, richly stocked with delicious goodies.
I like to start with the biggest items first, placing hunks of cheese, pastes and pates and cold meats on my board or platter. Then I layer on slices of pear and berries, nuts, olives, pomegranate seeds and dried fruits until I’ve covered every inch of space and my platter is a riot of colour and texture.
I have an allergy to dairy now, so if you’re the same and you’re reading this and thinking you can’t eat cheese, I hear you! Happily, there are some wonderful vegan cheeses out there these days – I just hope someone’s selling them at Vic Market this year so I can indulge my love of platters without uncomfortable consequences!
What are your secrets to a perfect Christmas platter? Any unique or unusual ingredients your family likes to include on a platter?