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Fondue - John C. Kirk

Aug. 17th, 2006

10:19 am - Fondue

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Following a recent trend (from other people on my friends list), I appeal to the internet hivemind for information.

As I gradually conquer the piles o' stuff in my flat, and sort out decorating etc., I have a vague plan to invite people round for dinner in small-ish groups (given the size of the place). I think that cheese fondue would be quite fun in this type of situation, but this does normally involve alcohol (typically white wine), both in the fondue itself and as an accompanying drink. That's fine by me, but I know some people who avoid it, so is it realistic to make a non-alcoholic version (e.g. with grape juice), or would that just taste so bad that it's best avoided? Similarly, I've heard people saying (in France) that you need to drink wine rather than any other cold drink (e.g. water) to avoid the cheese curdling into a hard lump in your stomach, but I've also heard other people saying that this is a myth intended to sell extra drinks at restaurants - any anecdotal evidence either way?

Ironically, I did a web search for information on this, and one of the results was this LJ entry, guest starring a bunch of familiar names :) Aside from that, I found some recipes saying "use apple cider to avoid alcohol", which doesn't make a great deal of sense (at least in my cultural context), so I'll chalk that one up to those wacky Americans...

Anyway, suggestions welcome.

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From:m31andy
Date:August 17th, 2006 09:38 am (UTC)
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"use apple cider to avoid alcohol"

Um, you do know that apple cider in America is fizzy apple juice, right?

Frankly, I'd avoid all the above. Wine *in* the fondue shouldn't be a problem as the alcohol should evaporate off and you shouldn't put in enough to actually taste the wine. I can't see *why* you'd need to drink wine with the fondue, else you'd have belly ache every time you had a cheese toastie!

Though my head is now mulling over the idea of fondue made with mature cheddar and Guinness. Or with a mature Wensleydale and Old Perculier...

Mmmm!
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From:bazzalisk
Date:August 17th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
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I've eaten cheese fondue without drinking wine before (can't stand wine, horrible bitter stuff). In America "Apple Cider" is fizzy apple-juice. Which is just confusing.
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From:sammoore
Date:August 17th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)

Nah....

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I've had fondue loads of times and never had wine, either in it or drinking it. Having just come back from Switerland, International Home of Fonduetm, I saw no evidence of wine in it there either.

Sam
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From:non_trivial
Date:August 18th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)

Re: Nah....

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When I've had fondue, it has usually had a small measure of wine in it, or even better, a shot of kirsch...
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