When visiting Gruyères, I had to buy a piece of “Gruyère Vieux,” some cream, and some cheese mix (a combo of Gruyère and Vacherin Fribourgeois) for a traditional fondue. As I was ordering the fondue, I thought it curious that instead of saying something like, “deux parts” or “two portions” like the French, the Swiss say, “deux fois,” or “two times.” Anyway!
That evening, my cousin, her partner, and I had a great fondue feast. The fondue was magnificent—smooth, savory, and nourishing. During the meal, we talked about fondue etiquette. One should not eat the food right off the fondue fork, but place it on her plate and fork + knife it. An old wives’ tale says that one should never drink cold beverages with fondue, or else the cheese solidifies in the stomach. I’m calling poppycock on that one, since I have done it several times and survived to tell the tale. Many times, there is a dare or “gage” to be performed when one’s bread drops into the pot. Mr. Cheesemonger is a master at devising dares!
That order of “two portions” was enough to feed three adults and two small boys. As a dessert, I decided to taste the cream with some French Gariguette strawberries (my favorite!!!!). It was an exquisite end to a most special Swiss meal!