If there is one thing I have a problem turning down, it is cheese. And melting it makes it even more difficult to turn this stuff down. No wonder I had a good time studying in Switzerland, a country that is known for cheese, chocolate and expensive watches. I like all of those. Raclette is for me extremely Swiss, although I grew up having this a couple times a year. My family even had a raclette machine. Yes, they exist The one I remember is round, and every time it came out, something good was happening. I have only good memories tied to my childhood raclette. With time spent in Switzerland, naturally Swiss friends come as a part of the package deal, and these Swiss friends know how to do their melted cheese. We are a small group of alumni from the same university who now live in London and we do the occasional Swiss things, like a fondue evening last year and now we followed up with raclette. Melted cheese feels better in the winter for some reason, maybe it is because there are few threats of bikini season coming up. Maybe it's the cold weather. Whatever it is I am ready to embrace it.
We started with a very un-Swiss starter, bruschetta, but it is fairly light and also has some vegetable on there. And let's face it, if we left it to the Swiss, we would probably have had some other type of cheese to start off. Raclette should come with boiled potatoes and cornichons, other than that it's normal to add meat and some vegetables to balance out all the heavy cheese. But if you would want to go for just the cheese, no one will judge you! Although you would probably be better off with a serious cheese fondue. Basically bread and cheese, can that go wrong?
Surprisingly enough I managed to stay sane and not go for that last portion of cheese, which is highly recommended. So is drinking alcohol and warm tea, cold drinks will make the cheese harden in your tummy and it's known to be quite uncomfortable. Don't do it.
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x