Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cheese, Glorious Cheese

A platter of pure loveliness: (clockwise from top) Stinking Bishop, Epoisses,
Chabichou de Poitou, Beenleigh Blue, 5-year gouda

Last week the craving returned. I tried to resist, for the sake of both my wallet and my body. I tried manfully, but ultimately to no avail. By Friday morning I was desperate.

I had to have ... CHEESE.

And so round lunchtime I hopped, skipped, and jumped the few blocks from workplace to my main local dealer, Les Amis du Fromage, and dropped an embarrassing amount of money on some fine dairy product.

At home that evening, I realized with much disappointment that I had left my swag in the fridge at work. I managed to sweat through the night, and the next morning Little Man and I made a Hail Mary run to the office for salvation. After discharging some ancillary errands, we returned to the house for lunch. And we ate our cheese.

I was uncertain whether Little Man would share my enthusiasm for any of the ponging, pungent pieces that huddled on the cheese tray, but I needn't have worried; his favourite was the butterscotchy five-year-old gouda ("Almost as old as me!" he declared), followed by the wrinkly, goaty splendour of the Chabichou du Poitou (or "Chubby-chew," as he dubbed it). The sweet mouldiness of the Beenleigh Blue he found pleasant, but he was less keen on the the in-yer-face strength of the Epoisses and my favourite, the delightfully fetid Stinking Bishop. Give him time...

Dearest Friends, I nearly wept for joy. Joy at the sight, smell, taste, and texture of my beloved cheeses, and joy at the fact that Little Man loved them too

Les Trois Fromages - La Tartiflette (buy e-here)
French pop-punk whippersnappers sing the praises of cheese. Straight up.

P.S. Since 'tis once again the season to automotively schlep the kids from activity to activity, I burned a CD for inflight enjoyment. So here are three of the tracks that Daddy FiL and the bairns currently bop to en route:

Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking (buy here)
Thee Headcoatees - Teenage Kicks (buy here or e-here)
The Real Tuesday Weld - Bathtime In Clerkenwell (buy here)

And if you've never seen the Bathtime In Clerkenwell video, you need to do so right now.


Ross said...

Hey Fil, that cheese looks feckin amazing ! Ha, i leave stuff at work in the fridge all the time. It get's to 5 and i'm straight out the door, then when i'm on the train i realise that i've left my dinner at work !! Ha !! Hope alls well dude !!!

China said...

Dear Fil,

With mention of a five-year gouda, and a Headcoatees cover of one of the best pop songs of all time, you've truly made my day ten times better. Thank you for playing Santa Claus today.


lolitahazed said...

Thanks so much for posting Uptown Top Ranking :-)

Just a Girl said...

That sort of splurge is so worth it. I'd have passed on the visibly mouldy stuff but the rest sounds oh so yum.

Tim Young said...

That photo is making me drool.

Mentok said...

Oh, sure, now the cheese comes out... now that I'm too far away to enjoy it.

I once had a consultation with a fitness instructor who tried to tell me I should never keep cheese in the house. She was your typical size zero who boasted that she only had cheese once a week, on pizza. I told her she was crazy and that I had no intention of abiding such loony advice.

FiL said...

Dearest Ross, lovely to hear from you! Indeed, it was feckin' amazing...

Dearest China, you are so very welcome! Y'know, a cheese & garage punk festival would be pure heaven...

Hello Lolitahazed, and thanks for dropping by! Uptown Top Ranking never fails to make me grin like a loon.

Dearest JaG, I do think it's worth it, even if it means the kids have to survive on ricecakes for the rest of the month.

Dearest TiM, please make sure you mop up after yourself. And don't drip on the Stinking Bishop, please.

Dearest Mentok, I'm glad to see you told that lunatic where to get off. Life without cheese is not a life worth living.

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