Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Some French Fromage and stuff......







Due to the fall in cheese sales and consumption in France, The Association Fromages de Terroirs (AFT), which aims to protect France’s traditional cheese culture, is now trying to fight back with a series of posters of “Fromgirls”, displaying scantily clad women working in the industry. All are meant to be defending an old fashioned culture which is just as much about beautiful young women as it is about cheese.


Camembert was invented in 1791 by Marie Harel, a farmer from Normandy thanks to advice from Abbott Bonvoust who came from Brie. She gave refuge to this resistance priest and in exchange he taught her the secret for cheese-making from Brie. If you’ve ever wondered why Camembert and Brie are frequently served together, perhaps herein lies the answer!







 Brie....
French cheese's king of kings. Since the Middle Ages this cheese has captured the hearts of all those who have experienced its outstanding taste. In the 19th century is was considered the finest cheese in Europe, thanks to the French statesman Talleyrand who introduced it at a diplomats' dinner. It is produced near Paris, which has no doubt helped its reputation. The geographical separation between the places of production and "affinage" is a Brie tradition. In 1980 this cheese was accepted into the AOC family.




























Not quite french but hey ho...
Salvador Dali’s inspiration for his famous painting “The Persistence of Memory”apparently came from the runny Camembert. At home with a headache on a sunny day, Dali noticed how runny some half-eaten Camembert had become. That evening he dreamt of clocks melting on a landscape.





and finally....

I don't know too much about cheese.. I  like eating it with a warm baguette though....





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