Fondue: the evidence

by Sasha Wilkins on March 10, 2012 · 14 comments


This. This is not healthy. This is not good for you.

This is utterly delicious. This is Fondue moitié-moitié. A Swiss fondue, it’s essentially Gruyère and Vacherin Fribourgeois, melted with garlic, white wine and a little Kirsch, served with hunks of bread and steamed potatoes speared on long forks.


Meriel, Lily and I indulged for lunch in Vevey. (Where Laurie proposes to Amy in Little Women. It’s also the home of Nestle, but I’m more excited about the Louisa May Alcott connection.)


There may also have been meringues with the local cream from Gruyere. With a little framboise coulis, bien sur. I can’t say I was expecting a bucket of cream, but it didn’t present an insurmountable challenge.


Then we drove up into the mountains above Lake Geneva/Lac Leman for a little outdoor activity, a lot of pushing Lily on the swings and some sticking my head out of car window like a dog to get maximum amounts of crisp, clean Swiss air.


We got back home around 4pm, and I promptly fell asleep for two hours. That’s what a cauldron of melted cheese with a cream chaser, combined with mountain air will do to you.

I’ve cooked supper, and we are just waiting for Liz to arrive from Geneva airport, because tomorrow it’s all about Meriel’s baby shower – the reason L & I am here in Lausanne this weekend. With luck there will be no cheese at tomorrow, because I have now eaten roughly my year’s allowance.

PS I have heard tell of fudge made from la crème de la Gruyère. This sounds extremely dangerous.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

picolin March 10, 2012 at 14:56

“fudge made from la crème de la Gruyère”

Please, please kill me with that.


Samantha Thomson March 10, 2012 at 15:30

*Burps*, *smiles*


Natalie March 10, 2012 at 15:31
Lee-Anne March 10, 2012 at 16:24

Aaah! I lived in Gruyère for a few months, many years ago…best cheese, crème, meringues and cows in all of Switzerland :-). Enjoy your weekend in the little land.


Katie March 10, 2012 at 17:26

Yum! I do like hearing about European travels. David Lebovitz has a very appetising post on the cream from Gruyère (


K-Line March 10, 2012 at 19:26

Seriously, this is my fave meal ever. Oh, how I would jump at the chance to eat 3 weeks supply of saturated dairy fat.


sonya March 10, 2012 at 19:49

at a music festival in switzerland we partook of a wonderful local delicacy… the fondue roll – a hot dog roll with the inside toasted on a hot metal stick (technical term) and the resulting hole filled with fondue cheese. my boyfriend ate two in quick succession. heart stoppingly wicked.


The slow pace March 11, 2012 at 05:34

That sounds like a perfect day to me!


tricia March 11, 2012 at 10:17

Aah Switzerland, cheese fondue & Gruyere – happy memories. Nice post, thank you. Enjoy the baby shower.


Siobhan Ali chikh March 12, 2012 at 10:06

This all looks totally heavenly!! x


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