I’ve been on a charcuterie kick lately. Assortments of meats, cheeses, fruits, spreads and breads arranged on a cutting board feed both my creativity urge and my appetite! Typically pronounced “shahr-ku-tuh-ree,” it is the “art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other meat products.” Its origin from France, my research also revealed that there are four different types of charcuterie and as many varying styles of boards.* I could almost write a dissertation on the subject but I digress.
Last night I hosted five ladies at my house for an event mock-up. The food demo event, scheduled for mid-November, will offer three holiday food preparations, one of which is a charcuterie board. Armed with a variety of prepared meats, a selection of cheeses, a plethora of spreads and jams, pickles and olives and several boxes of crackers, we created the night’s masterpiece atop a beautiful wooden board on a pedestal.
As much as I love the culinary treat, I’ve discovered what I really like about the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other items is the “cuteness” of it. You see, it doesn’t matter if I pronounce it “shar” or “char” at the beginning and/or if my ending pronunciation sounds like “tur-ree” or “tree.” The BEAUTY (aka the cuteness) comes from the sheer enjoyment of it and the realization that there is no perfect assembly, nor does there have to be. Each board is as individual and unique as its creator. There can be an overflow of ingredients with not one speck of visible board or a few treats strategically positioned to expose the board underneath. One presentation doesn’t necessarily look like any other and that’s ok.
We are all unique. You and I. As children of God, we were created with our very own personality traits, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, gifts, skills and talents. None of us are exactly alike and we carry our own “cuteness.” Yet when pulled together, we can create something just as beautiful as the assembled ingredients on a char-CUTE-rie board.
To whose cuteness do you need to connect to create something beautiful this holiday season?
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are your works, And that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:14 NKJV