Sunday, 27 January 2013
First of all, many thanks to my sister for taking over with the annual fruit cake production! The cake is easily as good as Mum’s always was. And Mum’s fruit cake was always stellar.
The slices of cake pictured here are from last year’s cake. (We’re keeping this year’s cake in its tin until next year. Aged fruit cake is really the best, don’t you think?)
My favourite way to eat it is thinly sliced with cheese. Shaved parmesan, aged gouda and sharp cheddar all work beautifully.
The practice of combining cheese, fruit, and nuts dates back to ancient times. These were often served at the end of a meal because they were thought to aid in digestion.
- Food Timeline: History Notes
Ha! It never occurred to me to be thinking of my digestion! I just think that it tastes good.
The other day, I talked about putting apple pie and cheese on the same plate. As always, from some quarters it has been met with skepticism, with comments ranging from “ewwww” to “hmmm, interesting”. And almost always a reluctance to try it.
And yet once tried, there’s no turning back.
As fabulous as apple pie with cheddar is, we discovered something even more fabulous this Christmas: thinly sliced pieces of fruit cake with blue cheese. Oh my! (continue reading…)