Grazing platters have become the most glamorous way of sharing food with friends – the spectacle often pretty enough for an
But with cheese and cured meats the usual inclusions, the afternoon tea set up is often tipped as a calorie overload – and won’t do much for those trying to trim their waistline.
Clinical nutritionist and owner of
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The one-metre long plate has a selection of carefully arranged fresh and dried fruits, nuts and licorice to balance out some of the heavier products
Clinical nutritionist and owner of Rosie’s in Coogee, Shannon Rosie, explained why some helpful additions can take it from guilty treat to good-looking menu option
The one-metre long plate has a selection of carefully arranged fresh and dried fruits, nuts and licorice to balance out some of the heavier products.
Liquorice can actually aid in digestion and help ease stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic and ongoing inflammation of the lining of the stomach (chronic gastritis).
Meanwhile dried fruits like dates and apricots contain essential fibre, grapes have antioxidants like polyphenols, pears rehydrate your system and walnuts contain iron, selenium, calcium, zinc, vitamin E and some B vitamins.
Meanwhile dried fruits like dates and apricots contain essential fibre, grapes have antioxidants like polyphenols and pears rehydrate your system
At Rosie’s the charcuterie platter comes with a magnum of French rosé and costs $160
Cheese, which contains protein and calcium, can be good in smaller quantities, but as with fatty cuts of meat, should be treated as an ‘occasional’ food.
At Rosie’s the charcuterie platter comes with a magnum of French rosé and costs $160.
‘You’ll never need to choose between great health, great fun and great food again – you can have it all,’ Miss Rosie said.
Previously mother and platter whiz, Hannah Lange, spoke to FEMAIL about how you can whip up your very own health-conscious treats at home.
‘You’ll never need to choose between great health, great fun and great food again – you can have it all,’ Miss Rosie said
How to make the perfect grazing platter at home this Christmas
Cheese, dried fruits and nuts are essential
* Keep dry ingredients separate from wet ingredients to avoid sogginess.
* Take things out of the packaging for aesthetic appeal.
* Focus your platter around cheese, the most important ingredient – and build from there.
* Remember garnishes.
* Shop around. Supermarkets, local delis, farmers’ markets and corner shops can all be good.
* Edible flowers can look pretty and add a decorative edges
She recommends starting with the cheese first and then pairing it with complimentary flavours.
‘You want to choose a good variety with a soft cheese, hard cheese and both mild and strong flavours. Three or four options is perfect,’ she added – confessing that a creamy rind cheese such as brie or camembert is always a ‘crowd pleaser’.
‘For hard cheeses, you can’t go wrong with an aged cheddar or smoked cheddar,’ she added.
Finally, add blue cheese and if there are kids around ‘you might want to include a sweet, fruity cream cheese’.
‘Dried fruit, cured meats, figs, dips, relishes, grapes and honey work well together,’ she explained.