I know some people may entertain the idea that Switzerland is all about the snow… They probably think about alpine skiing, ice-skating, cross-country skiing and sometimes snowboarding. Perhaps their mind wander over to the less obvious but locally quite popular Swiss sports like curling- basically brushing the ice energetically enough so that a stone may make across the ice. There is no doubt in my mind that the Rambling Muse‘s favorite sport is eating… specifically cheese.
The Rambling Muse, yes, that would be me- Clarisse. Swiss born but London based. That would also be the girl with an unapologetic love for cheese who tries to balance such a heavy affection with the aforementioned sports… Last weekend was a big and tragic failure in the burning of the calories area but a rather considerable success in terms of cheese inhalation.
A group of friends and I indulgently shared a bottle wine with an assortment of cheeses and other Swiss specialties. We dove into a raclette- that would be a cow cheese which is melted and then scraped on a dish with potatoes… My all time favorite however had to be the truffle and champagne fondue in which heavy duty melted cheese and kirsch are flavored with just a tad bit of the above luxurious ingredients. It’s totally decadent but also very very delicious. I tend to dip in cornichons (small pickles) and pickled onions instead of just bread but that’s really up to the individual.
A small word to the wise: only order carbonated drinks or alcohol if you don’t want the cheese to solidify in your stomach. Another more enticing word to the wise: make sure you don’t drop your bread into the pot or according to Swiss tradition you might have to kiss the person next to you which, in hindsight, may or may not be a good thing…
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