We do! Or at least we will be shortly.
You may remember from my post on chili con carne that fondue is one of my absolute all time favourite foods, and one of the foods that according to my mother is a “winter only” food. Well, seeing as we only have 5 more weeks of winter — and the weather hasn’t exactly been wintry– I figured that tonight would be fondue night!
I will admit to taking the lazy route– although I have made my own cheese fondue before– and it’s delish. I’m not tonight. Our local deli in Randwick sells fondue in a box and that’s what we’re test driving tonight.
I know, it’s pathetic for a girl with three fondue cookbooks to use fondue in a box and I really should make it from scratch, but it’s been a hectic few weeks and fondue making was not on my agenda for tonight.
In truth, I would LOVE to find a good fondue restaurant in Sydney so that we could actually have three courses of fondue– cheese, meat, and chocolate– because let’s face it, I LOVE fondue. I went to one years and years ago– Eiger Swiss on Parramatta Road, and it was….obviously not somewhere I’ve been back to in the last 10 years…..hmmmm.
First hurdle- apparently Sterno is virtually unheard of in Sydney– or at least in the four shops including Coles and Woolies that I went to. I asked and got completely blank looks– even though one store actually sells fondue pots and the other is a kitchenware store. So, we’re going to try menthylated spirits and hope that we don’t burn the house down in the process.
Secondly, I don’t have fondue plates. Yes, there is such a thing and yes, my mother, goddess of all kitchen utensils, has them– a whole set from the 1970s, and they’re super cool. I envy them and covet them, but sadly don’t have my own.
So fingers crossed everything else will go to plan and we’ll have a lovely evening of cheese fondue. It’s been a big couple of weeks in our household. I ordered my wedding dress yesterday (squee!!!!!!!!!!!!! excited!!!!!) and we had our engagement party last weekend (so much fun!) and now we’re on the 12 month countdown. This time next year, I will be leaving Ireland to head to DC for our wedding…. Very exciting! Must make a mental note to bring back Mom’s fondue plates next year…..shhhhh don’t tell her!