can we have some cheese, please…?

I feel I live a very cheesy life, but not in the way you might expect. I wouldn’t say my life revolves around cheese, but I could say that it revolves around food, and cheese is a relatively integral part of that, being that I think cheese adds a certain amazingness to most of the foods I like. What’s not to like about cheese toasties, cheesey potatoes, parmesan cheese on your salad, on your pasta, cheese on its own with wine… I could go on and on actually!

I just went and counted and we had no less than 12 variations of cheese in our refridgerator, as follows: Mozarella balls, shredded mozarella, parmesan, shredded mexican mix, Saint Albray, Camembert, processed slices, an amazing Irish cheddar, cream cheese, brie, an American red, and a Vermont white. Eagle eyed readers will  notice there are only 11 cheeses photographed below… I confess, the British Kitchen sometimes plays host to cheeses that are past their sell by date and the American red (now a greenish blue) is safely ensconsed in the trash…

cheese please...
cheese please…

Now it’s true, no one could eat that much cheese, and it’s possible that some of these items may join the American red in the trash before they get gobbled up, but in some ways, cheese is like seasonings, or the full sauces shelf in your refridgerator, the shredded mozarella is for home made pizzas, which we probably make about once a month with Handsome’s kids… Handsome and I keep the French cheeses in the house in the vain hope that one day we will find 30 minutes to relax and enjoy them with a glass of wine… The cheddars get used up in the day to day course of life, mainly in some kind of sandwich, but sometimes on a potato, or as a topping to a cheesy lasagne…

So cheese features prominently in my fridge and in my mealtime favourites, but it also represents huge parts of my memories with my friends, particularly from Gabon. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the pleasures of cheese in an old French colony. And when there is little to do outside of work except socialise with your friends over a glass of wine, cheese really comes into play.

I am sorry to confess that many a Saturday or Sunday was spent on the beach, under a sun shade, with a few bottles of wine, some cheeses, some crackers, some ice, and a couple of dogs. It became such an integral part of our life that in some ways it is all I remember of Gabon, outside of work. And I guess the fact that it may have been an after work activity a couple of times doesn’t hurt either… It’s not a terrible life when you can walk across the road from your office with a bottle of wine, cheese and crackers, sit down on the beach and unwind with a couple of girlfriends and plastic glasses.

There isn’t enough cheese in my life now, because my social life doesn’t revolve around it. I am seriously wondering how to rectify that situation. Handsome and I talk constantly about the cafe or restaurant I will open in my dotage. Perhaps the real answer is to open a cheese and wine shop, which includes a bar. Imagine what a fantastic life could be spent telling people about cheese and wine pairings and letting them try it…

Alternatively, I could just hold cheese and wine parties, but this is a weird part of the world as everyone drives everywhere, and I can’t encourage anyone to come drinking at my house, who needs to drive themselves home afterwards…

Well, if we get the house in the country, the answer will have to be cheese and wine weekends! Why not make a massive fuss about cheese and make it the focus of your entire weekend? People can come to stay and they will soon find out what it is to be so stuffed with cheese that you feel like a cow… hehehe… maybe we will get a couple of cows, then we can work on making the cheese ourselves from scratch… oh no, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself… again…

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