However, after several attempts (I’m persistent) I learned a few things about how to do it:
You cannot put just any cheese in the fondue. It’s better to use prepared powder (it’s always the same: The more expensive, the better it will probably be, so if you buy it at a delicatessen shop, it will be tastier than if you get it at a supermarket, but if it’s your first time you better buy the less expensive cheese, because you will end up getting it stuck at the bottom of the pot).
You also have to have a good eye on the fire under the pot. If it is too high it will burn the cheese at the bottom and it will get stuck and leave a bad flavour for the rest of the cheese. And, if it is too low, the cheese will be hard, not properly melted, and missing most of fondues’ appeal. This is why I don’t recommend candles: they cannot be regulated.
Note that to keep the fire burning you cannot use just any kind of alcohol. Well you can, but if you put ethylic alcohol or rum (ahem), the flame with go out very often, and lighting it twenty times throughout a dinner is annoying. Trust me. So, you’d better use gel fuel, liquid fuel or electricity, if you spent a good amount of money on your fondue kit.
Oh! I almost forgot! Note that there are cheese and meat fondues! I am talking about cheese fondues, I am not that crazy as to handle hot oil at my place!
Well, after these pathetic tips about how to prepare fondues at home and not losing your friends in the attempt, I think the best tip I can give you is that if you want to enjoy really good fondues and you are not an expert, you can keep it for special occasions and go to a restaurant.
And as you may know, French people are fond of cheese –or at least they have very good ones, at least I think so. That’s why I’ve asked a local guy –one of my co workers- to recommend the best fondues in the city, just in case you do not dare to cook your own while renting a Parisian apartment and he says these are the ones:
Saveurs de Savoie (83, Rue Mouffetard , 75005 Paris) : They cook authentic fondues and also raclettes in a familiar, typical French atmosphere. The maitre is a great host and both food and wine are awesome.
Le Refuge des Fondues (17 rue des 3 Frères, 75018 Paris): in the heart of Montmartre this is one of the funniest restaurants you might visit. Why? Basically for two reasons: You’re sitting at long communal tables, and you are served wine in baby bottles. That creates the perfect atmosphere to laugh. Moreover, you have a complete (and good) fondue for 15€.
About the author
Maria Climent Huguet is a 26-year-old Catalan lady who, after studying translation, decided her life was just odd enough to become a humour script writer and, by default, a blogger. This is how she is now a mother of no one and a pretty funny person! She also cooks her meals.
How about you? Have a good Paris fondue recommendation?