france diary: cheese course and dessert
my favourite part of a french meal is the cheese course and then dessert. france is probably the greatest cheese producer in the world and i've heard that there is at least one french cheese for every day of the year. i sampled many different cheeses this weekend as cheese was served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. though i love cheese, my knowledge is quite limited. i just bought a guide to cheese which i hope will help me make informed choices this coming weekend in paris. once i am equipped with much more info, i'll blog more about the different french cheeses.
the french are also very much into their desserts. but what i find very extraordinary is that the desserts themselves are not overly sweet (think gulab jamun or pecan pie!) but give you immense satisfaction of sweetness. it must be the freshness of the ingredients and the french expertise when it comes to pastry. i enjoyed the most delicious apple pie and strawberries with crème chantilly (whipped cream flavoured with brandy).