Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Food Flat-Lay - Perfect Cheese Platter

My girlfriend follows a lot of fashion blogs, and she's recently been telling me to do a "flat-lay"on Jarhead.  I didn't really know what she was talking about.

After a few blank stares and upon further enquiry, she explained that fashion bloggers sometimes post a flat-lay, which is basically a top-down photo which tends to feature a group of fashion items that the blogger is wearing/using at the time.  Popular Australian fashion blogger Shine By Three describes it as "Wardrobe Tetris".

I thought this was a great idea, and the above food flat-lay or "Food Tetris" is the result!

Firstly, this is food that we actually ate tonight.  Don't you just love having cheese for dinner in place of  a healthy/balanced meal!

So the key components of this cheese platter are:

  1. Cheese!  Tonight we have a West Australian vintage cheddar from the Old Cheddar Cheese Co, an Udder Delights Adelaide Hills Brie, and a chunk of Gorgonzola Dolce.  All of the cheese is from Harris Farm.  
  2. Pickled quinces made by some of my work colleagues (check out the Miss Smith Makes Facebook page).  The quinces were sweet yet tart, but also carried some of the spices in the pickling liquid well, making it even slightly savoury.   
  3. My caramel apple jam, that I blogged about last week.  It is a fantastic match with the sharp vintage cheddar and counters the intensity of the blue cheese.
  4. Dried Persimmons from my girlfriend's dad who shares my pickling/preserving enthusiasm, but has taken it a step further with the experimental fruit drying.  These persimmons were also grown in his garden! They're like a more subtle and much less sweet version of dried mangoes. 
So fellow Jarheads, what do you think of the flat-lay?  Is this something you would like to see more of on the blog in the future? And what would make up your perfect cheese platter?


  1. Hehe I had no idea that that was what that style of photography was called. You learn something new every day! :D

  2. I love swiss cheese. My perfect platter would be a giant block of swiss cheese paired with those some sundried tomatoes. Fuck it drizzel some kewpie on it and slap it in between some sourdough with a bit of mustard and make it a sandwich. Add some pickles or whatever. German lager to wash it down. Now I'm hungry