Sunday, January 4, 2015

Who cut the cheese?

In my haste to put out my last post, and in an effort to keep it short
and hopefully interesting - I forgot one of the highlights of our trip...

New Years Eve!

Before I get there however, a couple of housekeeping items:

First...  Remember I said that Kate learned some new German Words
in the Bierhaus in Munich?

Well here are her teachers.
They had been there since 1030am and it was around 7pm.

This is me and "Christmas Greggi"
In his pocket are "The two Doodles
Christmas Greggi is a new addition and looks over the family dinner table
during the holidays.

Frankly I don't see the resemblance - do you?

Finally - in my previous post I talked about our Alpli-Milch that we had 
enjoyed in the small Swiss Bar in Zurich. 

It came in 50cl jars and is poured into small glasses.
It is quite thick, creamy, and foamy when first served.

Here is a picture of it.

Now to New Years....

Think of a cool moonlit winters night.
Add in a nice warm campfire.

Now throw in some wine...    some good crusty bread...  and some cheese.

Sound good?    You bet.

Throw it all together in a big pot and you have Swiss New Years.

We celebrated the arrival of 2015 with a traditional Swiss Fondue over
a nice wood fire outside in the snow.

First Marcel & I went into the village to pick up the cheese
and then the girls prepared it indoors.

Wine and secret ingredients are added to the cheese and it is heated till melted
to just the correct consistency.

This is their friend Bridgette stirring the mixture.

Bridgette works in a local Bakery and brought the bread.
It is a special bread made just for fondue.
It is sliced some before baking.
Then baked until it has a nice hard crust.

The bread is then broken apart and put in a bowl.

Meanwhile the fondue is almost ready for the fire.

A tri-pod was erected over the fire.
A chain with a hook is suspended from the top of the tripod.
The pot is suspended from the hook.

You can move the hook higher or lower along the chain to adjust the heat
of the fondue.

The pot was hung from the Tri-pod and it was time!

Long forks make the job simple.
Dip, twirl, enjoy!

Wine, bread, and cheese on a stick!   
Can't go wrong with that!

At midnight we were treated to church bells ringing and more fireworks than we
usually see on the 4th of July.

 It was a New Years Eve to be remembered forever for sure.

Kate & I hope that all of you had a very Happy New Year,
and wish you all the best for 2015.


  1. And I was wondering where this cheesy story was going to go. Happy ending to a Happy New Year party. Hope you have a great 2015. S/DaveG

  2. OH MY GOSH! That sounds fantastic. Wine, Cheese, Fire, Good Friends, snow, outside and fireworks. Happy New Year my friends. Great Post. Love your travels.

  3. Certainly a holiday to remember! Happy New Year! Love. Radeen

  4. Alright, you've done it now! You've pushed me right over the edge! Cheese fondue and that bread... OMG!!! I LOVE cheese fondue. And Bread? Well I am certain I could definitely live on bread alone. It won't be nearly as good as yours but now I've got to run to the grocery store and buy cheese for fondue and some good crusty bread for dipping... And it's all YOUR fault. Mmmmmm.... I can't wait! Thanks!

  5. Love the pictures! I remember Switzerland being so clean and fresh smelling....loved our time there! Safe travels home you guys! Hope to see you in 2015!SueB

  6. what an awesome NYE!! Hope you all have a great 2015!



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