This is my last post before I leave on vacation. After a very busy year trying to handle the many roles being a working mum involves, it’s now that very much expected time to get away with the family and spend the long summer days lounging by the seaside, strolling in the nature and dining under the stars.
This means I will be putting this blog on stand by until summer is over and I’ll be – hopefully – back with the batteries topped up with all the energy of the sunshine.
I would like to thank you all for following me during these months. I hope I was able to share with you my passion for Manchego cheese and explain all the tradition, history, care and craftsmanship its wonderful taste conveys. I hope I gave you some ideas on how to enjoy it and, most importantly, hints on how to recognize the authentic Manchego cheese vs. the industrial lookalikes.
I wish you all a superb summer, filled with joy and laughter, and also, why not, with a touch of Manchego. Enjoy!
1. Choose wisely
It’s hard to imagine a picnic without cheese, but when you’re going to be out all day in the sun, you should choose wisely. I’m sure you don’t want your painstakingly selected cheese to end up as a runny mess!
Taking into account how long the cheese will be away from refrigeration, how hot the weather is and how the cheeses will be transported are key. Of course, choosing top quality tasty cheeses are crucial too!
Firm cheeses like Manchego do well in the wilderness. They’re quite resistant to the heat, easy to eat and combine well with a wide variety of simple foods.
2. Pack it well
Make sure to pack your cheeses correctly. My favorite way of doing so is using individual airtight containers, just a little bigger than the cheese. Separating each cheese will prevent you from mixing the flavors so I’ll rather use separate containers than mixing all the cheeses in one.
3. Keep it simple
Forget complex dishes and reach for simple yet tasty foods. Manchego cheese, a selection of sliced meats such as Serrano ham, “chorizo” or “salchichón”, some sturdy fruit such as apples or, better yet, a small container of jam or “dulce de membrillo”, and a fresh loafer of bread with raisins, nuts and seeds, are almost all you need for the perfect picnic lunch.
4. Take the essentials
Now you have the food sorted, let’s look at the other essentials. Here’s a basic list:
- Cooler fully stocked with ice
- Small cutting board and knife to cut and serve cheese
- Picnic basket to carry supplies
- Small storage containers for leftovers
- Soft picnic blanket or tablecloth to lay on ground
- Napkins/paper towels
- Trash bags
- Music player
5. Don’t forget the wine
Last but not least, make sure not to forget the wine. After all, is there a better way to relax than savoring a glass of wine with your picnic cheese menu?