For any cheese lover, the idea of being able to work your way around a selection of contrasting cheeses is one of the best ways of indulging your passion. When putting together a cheeseboard the aim is for a contrast of textures, tastes and shapes. Mild to strong, rounds and wedges, light against dark, soft and hard – it's about making an aesthetic impact as much as a gastrominoc one. The chutney will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.
This recipe was given to me by Mary Flahavan. I liked it so much that we now make it up in batches and keep them in Kilner jars in our rooms for guests in case they're feeling a bit peckish after a long journey but don't want to ruin their dinner!
As seen on Neven Maguire's Christmas Special
To make your own balsamic syrup bring the contents of a bottle to the boil and simmer until reduced by half, then leave to cool. We store ours in small squeezy bottles for convenience. I love to use it as it intensifies the flavour of the vinegar, making it thick and syrupy so it looks great when drizzled onto a plate.