F is for Fondue {A to Z Challenge 2018}

For newcomers: The A to Z Challenge is where a bunch of people blog throughout the month of April, choosing a certain theme and then posting with a corresponding letter for each day.

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Every year we girl cousins try to have a few days where we get together and spend some good quality time connecting. My favorite thing to do during this special weekend is….

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Fondues are perfect for a number of reasons, so let’s start out by naming a few of them:

-It’s out of the ordinary, so, therefore, it’s a memory-making event
-Fondue take a long time which means you get to sit back and really spend quality time with each other
-On a scale of one to deliciousness, fondue takes the cake (although, not really cause cake is crumbly)

So, what exactly is fondue? Great question, peeps! It’s where you have a community pot of something hot (like broth) or melted (like chocolate) and then you dip pieces of food into it with long, thin speared forks, then eat it. *cue the happiness*

When we have our cousins weekend we generally have three courses – the first one is cheese. Yes, a whole pot full of melted, yummy, mouth-watering goodness. For our dipping foods, we have a platter of toasted French bread squares, apple chunks, mushrooms, etc… Next, we move on to the second course – broth. With a pot of simmering goodness, we pretty much make soup, one bite at a time. With platters of raw meat and numerous veggies (carrots, potatoes, etc…) cut up into small chunks, we spear them and then have wonderful conversations while they sit there cooking. For the third and final course, we make (cue the trumpets) a chocolate fondue. Actually, we generally have two pots for this one – one of white chocolate and one of regular chocolate. (Are you beginning to see why this meal is so fun?) Pretty much anything can be dipped into this pot: bananas, strawberries, cookies, gram crackers, pretzels… yumminess abounds and it’s a fantastic way to end one of the best meals ever.

If you ever decide to make this meal yourself, then make sure you plan at the very least two hours for the eating process – three or four hours is even better. Have your guests come with a relaxed attitude, ready to just sit and visit and eat a very leisurely pace. It’s also tons of fun if you have a list of questions to go through. Another option is divvying up who does the prep work for each course, then letting that same person decide a (lowkey) talking game or topic to discuss as you eat.

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What I Listened To While Blogging:
Movie soundtracks from Youtube
Where I Blogged:
My sister’s lovely house
Fun Fact:
I have 17 cousins, and I already have nearly as many nieces and nephews
Question of the Day:
Have you ever had fondue?

8 thoughts on “F is for Fondue {A to Z Challenge 2018}

  1. Cheryl B says:

    This sounds like so much fun! I’ve already had chocolate fondue, and maybe cheese, but I’ve never heard of doing broth! This makes me want to get a fondue pot.

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  2. Claire says:

    Cheese fondue is one of my favorite things. Your fondue nights sound like a fantastic time, I like the idea of having a list of questions to go through! My family has a “Chat Pack” where you can pull out individual questions, which makes for some fun evenings. It’s so much fun deciding what to dip into fondue, although it’s a little stressful trying not to drop it into the pot, haha. 🙂

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      OH YES! That sounds delightful! We’ve had cards with questions on them before, but I’m not sure what they’re called. It’s a great way to get conversations going, although ours generally get off topic pretty quickly.
      And yeah… trying not to drop stuff or mix up who has what pokey stick (even if they’re color coded) can be a bit tricky.

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  3. talesfromthemindofkristian says:

    Well that got the old taste buds going! I confess I have never had a fondue but the idea of it, particularly the Cheese one, has always appealed to me. It was all the rage in the 1970’s apparently, but as I was born in 1977 it was out of fashion by the time my memory kicked in.
    I have a very good friend who shares my love of cheese who has promised to host a cheese fondue evening soon. I can’t wait! Thanks for the post.

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Nice! I hope that friend does do it, and soon! I’ve never made it by myself – I don’t have the fondue pots, but I hope to one day one them because they are a really good way to sit back and relax.

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  4. Adrienne Winsley says:

    I am sitting here relaxing and catching up on some of your posts from April :-). I loved this one – we got to pick our birthday meal growing up, and mine was ALWAYS fondue. 🙂 Although we used oil instead of broth. I actually own a fondue pot, but we’ve never made it for our family because we’d need several. We did recently acquire a chocolate fountain, so they’ve had the joy of that part of it recently. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Aww, thank you for catching up. That sounds like a lovely birthday meal, I think it would be fun to do it for a birthday, but it kinda feels like our family would be too big and it would take too long. I’m glad you have such good memories of it!

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