It must’ve been all the cheese in Rotterdam and in Paris that made me want a cheeseboard. After seeing all that cheese and all those cutting implements, going back to a regular saucer and table knife just didn’t seem right.
So I search high and low, scouring gourmet shops and food stores. I’m quite pleased to discover that there’s a fine selection of cheese cutting implements available locally to suit most budgets, sold separately or in a set. I’m all ready to fork over an obscene amount for three cheese knives when I see this cheeseboard set ”“ goodness, what could be more perfect!
Labeled a Complete Cheese Service, it’s a bamboo cheeseboard with three knives. The board is made from bamboo, dubbed one of nature’s hardest woods. It’s smooth and has that fine woodsy smell that I associate with sophisticated wood products. The knives, which are of forged stainless steel, include a cheese knife good for cutting chunks of hard and semi-soft cheeses; a planer, useful for slicing neat and thin portions of cheese; and a spreader for soft, runny cheeses usually served on crackers and toast points.
The knives gleam the way all good knives should, every touch captures my fingerprints, marring its luster. The cheese tools are conveniently stored in a Lucite case for easy storage that discreetly slides under the cheeseboard (see photo above) ”“ gosh, I love products that make my life easier! You can bet that I’ll have a fully loaded cheeseboard on my Christmas table this year, complete with grapes, crackers, almond-stuffed dates, and a smoky bottle of red wine. Ooh la la!
Houdini Complete Cheese Service
P2,150 at all Rustan’s Department Stores