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Gruyères

Gruyères is where the well-known cheese Gruyere has come from and it is by far our favorite town in the canton of Fribourg.

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Its castle and cheese factory, where they give demonstration on how to make Gruyere attract many tourists, too. There is also the HR Giger museum, Giger is the guy who designed the special effects for the movie Alien. I personally find it weird to have an alien museum in this medieval town, not too far from its castle that was built in the 12th century.
Oh well, I guess it’s okay.. as long as I don’t find any aliens in my Gruyere cheese! 🙂

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Travel

 

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Cheesy Peasy Dinner

Due to the freezing cold weather, Kit and I decided to stay home last saturday night instead of meeting our friends. We wanted to have comfort food for dinner and cheese seemed fitting, given the fact that we both adore cheese and it does not require any preparation or cooking.

All we had to do was put the different types of cheese on the plate, slice the bread, take out a bottle of good wine, et voila.. A delicious dinner!

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On the plate were among our favorites: Vacherin Mont d’Or, Tomme Vaudois avec cumin, Gruyere, and Brie aux truffes. We paired them with pain au seigle (Rye bread), a bread that is originally from Denmark, and roast beef. Of course, this sumptuous cheese feast on a cold night would not be complete without wine..

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Santenay 2006, 1er Cru, Les Maladières

This wine goes well with cheese and
It is actually the same wine Kit and I had on our first date (just reminiscing). 😉

And for dessert, what could be easier to make than apple crumble..

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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Daily tidbits

 

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Cheesecake Hunt

I have been craving for cheesecake for weeks.. After having waited 30 minutes at the embassy (just so they could issue a receipt that I paid for having my SPA notarised and authenticated), I realised I did not want to go to my French class anymore.

Not that I was being lazy or anything.. By the time I arrived in class, I would have already been an hour late.. Thus, I would have disturbed the entire class’ discussion. Plus I could already imagine the sour look on my prof’s face.

So instead of going to class, I decided to pursue my cravings.. I took a stroll down the streets of Geneva and looked for pâtisseries.
After having visited about five bakeries, each time having to ask “avez-vous de gâteau au fromage???” and with each time I got a “non, on n’en a pas!” response, I was frustrated!

Oh wait… There was one that said “Oui, on en a!“. I was ecstatic until I saw it wasn’t the type of cheesecake I was looking for. What they had was more like a quiche. 😦

Then it finally hit me they sell NY cheesecake at Starbucks!!! Thank God for that!!

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While having this heavenly, creamy, cheesy cake, I couldn’t help but ask why on earth they do not make cheesecakes here.. It is Switzerland after all; the supposed to be land of cows and cheese, so why????

Then I remembered the conversation Kit and I had once when I mentioned cheesecake.. He was like, “sweet cheese?? Yeeeww!!!”.

I think it’s a matter of taste.. Swiss people like their cheese and if and whenever they take cheese for dessert, they eat it as is and not in the form of a cake.

I tried to imagine mixing Gruyere, L’étivaz, Appenzeller or Emmental with cream and sugar and Kit avait raison.. It doesn’t seem very appetizing.

Anyway, for now I am happy that I have finally satisfied my cravings! 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Daily tidbits

 

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Raclette night

Kit and I usually spend saturday nights with friends, so last night our friends organised a raclette night.

Raclette is a type of cheese, a typical dish of Switzerland, which originated from the region of Valais.

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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Daily tidbits

 

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