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In Good Taste: How To Balance The Perfect Platter

Above: theo timber long dish, theo timber shallow bowl and tapas condiment bowls.

Designed to add a little luxury to the kitchen, our Tasteology collaboration highlights unique flavour combinations perfect for entertaining. Here, Tasteology founder Sara Lundgren shares her tips for creating the perfect platter.

Photography by Will Braden.


“I’m big on planning ahead and preparing as much as I can beforehand, and not over-complicating things. You want to make sure you have time to spend with your guests, and not spending most of your night in the kitchen stressing about the food.”

Above: Sara wears brushed fluffy sweater and pleat pencil skirt, with theo timber long dish, theo timber shallow bowl and tapas condiment bowls.
"My favourite part of entertaining is always the decorating. If I’m hosting a dinner party I will sometimes even set the table the night before so I have one less thing to worry about on the day."
"To me aesthetic is everything – there is nothing like a beautifully balanced cheeseboard served on a beautiful wooden or ceramic plate. I like my cheeseboards to look full and heavy. I usually start from the edge of the board and build my way in, then when I’m done I fill the holes with extras such as walnuts, dried apricots, fresh figs or olives."

Above: theo timber long dish, theo timber shallow bowl and tapas condiment bowls.
"Blue cheeses pair well with something sweet, like honey or fruit chutney. Honey is also great with soft goats cheese and quince paste is delicious with hard cheeses such as Manchego or aged cheddar."
"I personally like plain crackers for my cheeseboards, as this will not take away from the flavours of the cheeses and condiments. Plain country style bread or a baguette is also great for the creamy soft cheeses."

Above: head in store to shop.
"You want to make sure you have the right serving utensils for each element on your board. Add small spoons for your bowls of chutneys and pastes, and then serve each cheese with its own knife to avoid mixing the flavours together."
"Last but not least, make sure you have prepared a playlist - nothing helps set the mood better than carefully selected background music."

Above: theo timber long dish, theo timber shallow bowl and tapas condiment bowls.

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