Let me share a story with you. A rather embarrassing story it has to be said. A few years ago I visited my Aunt who lives in a small country village in the south of France. While I was there we visited a traditional French restaurant ‘Le Vieux Porche’, it was magnificent and a meal I often dream about. Foie Gras, confit of duck, fresh bread, glasses of red wine and last, but not least, there was the cheese. I will often opt for cheese over a sweet and France seemed to be the perfect place for me do so.
When the waitress came with the cheese plate, my eyes nearly popped out of my head. Whole wheels of cheese sat nestled amongst leafy greens and a basket of bread. I thought I had died and gone to cheese heaven. Oh how I indulged – I think I ate about half of what was put before me. “Why can’t they be this generous in Australia?” I though to myself, while spreading runny brie over a hunk of bread. I went crazy and thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was only a few weeks later when I was reading a book about France that I found out that the cheese platter is shared amongst all the diners and that once you are done having a ‘taste’ a.k.a a small amount of each cheese, that the tray is taken away and handed around to another diner. Oh the shame, I am blushing as I write this and thinking what a greedy tourist I must have looked like.
Luckily, through a forum I have discovered a blogger who knows all about cheese and writes about it. Yay! At La Petite Gastronome you will find her reviews of cheese incredibly detailed and well written as are her recipes and musings. It’s great to be able to connect with fellow bloggers who are just starting out and I encourage all of you to check out her website. As a graduate from culinary school she is a ‘super foodie’ and I look forward to trying out some of her recipes and, learning more about cheese 😉
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I would have done the exact same thing! Funny no one corrected your faux pas but I think that would have been more embarrassing than finding out a few weeks later.
I’m glad someone is the same as me. I do think my Aunt wanted to say something but felt that it would be too embarrassing (thank goodness). You have to laugh at these life moments though.
I love cheese. Great post!
I really loving your blog, especially since I’m travelling and trying so many different recipes. As you know I’m in Luxembourg and leaving for Paris on Friday. I’m enjoying so many different cheeses at the moment, and had to laugh at your experience with the whole cheese board.