Wednesday, April 05, 2006

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).

6 Comments:

Anonymous payal said...

hey lulu,
we've also been learning a great deal about cheese, particularly after our trip to italy. we're looking forward to reading your thoughts and experiences with the french cheeses. have a good trip back to france!

2:21 am  
Blogger gs said...

i think that the largest cheese producer in the world is australia.
as a veggie,when i travel abroad,i fall back on cheese to satiate my hunger pangs and also more importantly to make up for lack of nutrition in what i eat.in the earlier days,i used to buy fruits and gauda cheese in the vegetable/fruit market on the road and that used to be my dinner.nowadays one comes across lots of veggie restaurants and getting veggie food in france is no more a major issue.

5:11 am  
Blogger Priya said...

Lulu i have tagged u with a meme.

5:18 pm  
Blogger futureguru said...

Am a regular reader of your fabulous blog! Would it be possible to include an index of recipes? I was looking for your poha entre the other day and had to search quite a bit...or do you already have an index that Ive missed?
Keep up the great writing...your blog is truly delectable!

7:35 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

hi priya
thanks! will respond to the meme when i'm back from paris.

hi futureguru,
great to meet a fellow london blogger. hope b-school is treating you well. i look forward to reading about your adventures at lbs. i've been meaning to do an index of my recipes and amy of amy loves to cook has even been kind enough to let me steal her code for doing it but i just haven't gotten around to it as yet. will try to do this now that you've asked!

10:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good story

GK Chesterton: “The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”

Voila: www.tastingtoeternity.com. This book is a poetic view of 30 of the best loved French cheeses with an additional two odes to cheese. Recipes, wine pairing, three short stories and an educational section complete the book.

From a hectic life in New York City to the peace and glories of the French countryside lead me to be the co-founder of www.fromages.com. Ten years later with the words of Pierre Androuet hammering on my brain:

“Cheese is the soul of the soil. It is the purest and most romantic link between humans and the earth.”

I took pen and paper; many reams later with the midnight oil burning Tasting to Eternity was born and self published.

I believe cheese and wine lovers should be told about this publication.

Enjoy

6:09 am  

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