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Cheese Plate and a Movie

Recently Before Midnight came out to great acclaim.  It is the third in a trilogy of movies starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. They start out with Before Sunrise in 1995, then Before Sunset in 2004 and just recently Before Midnight in 2013.

They are very simple, but lovely movies.  It starts out with an American man played by Hawke and a french woman played by Delpy meeting on a train from Budapest to Vienna.  He is finishing up 2 weeks travel after being dumped by his girlfriend in Madrid and has an early morning flight out of Vienna.  They begin talking on the train and on a whim  decide to spend the next 14 hours together.  They visit a ferris wheel, a graveyard, a church, restaurants, parks, etc but mostly they just talk.  Talk about what they want out of life.  What they hate about the world, their parents, and the fears of the future.

It is dialogue that feels real and natural.  The chemistry is perfect.  I can’t help but think of teh scores of lame romantic comedies that involve convoluted premises to get the character together such as bets, articles, challenges, or unrealistic work situations.  You don’t need any of that when you have good characters who live and fall in love!  This my friends is how you do a romantic movie!

Keeping in the European mood I made a cheese plate.  It was really fun.  I got most of the food at Pirate O’s a local gourmet food shop. These types of platters are great because they give the appearance of a lot of work when truly it was just opening containers and putting them on a plate.  No work at all.

cheese plate

Starting at the top we had a swiss cheese, blue cheese, salami with herbs de provence, irish cheddar and apricot stilton (our favorite).  The dips are a bruscheta topping and a salmon spread (both excellent).  Oh and we had gluten free crackers to keep all stomachs happy.

Doesn't this just scream EUROPE
Doesn’t this just scream EUROPE

Doesn’t that sound like the most delightful evening?  Come with us when we watch Before Sunset and then go to the movies to see Before Midnight.


My Ode to Cheese

Oh glorious cheese, how do I miss you?  Can I count the ways? Cheddar, Havarti, Goat, Feta, Monterrey Jack, Blue, Mozzarella, Gouda, Fontina, Parmesan, Brie and the list goes on.

Ever since my diet I have given myself a strict no cheese eating limitation.  I realized that almost every fattening thing I like has cheese on it.  By opting out of this one ingredient my entire lifestyle has become significantly healthier.   That said I miss my cheese!

Now I’m not talking about some lame processed Velveeta crap cheese.  No sir, the cheese I crave is the quality aged cheeses pounced full of taste.  I do not accept any of these mild or medium level lame cheeses.  I’m talking STRONG cheese that practically assault you with its flavor.  This is part of the reason why most fast food cheese does not tempt me.  It is not at the level of cheese flavor I constantly seek for.

Long ago are the days when my fridge blessed me with blocks of Irish Havarti, Shaved Parm and Tillamook Aged Reserve Cheddar.  In a blink of an eye I could whip up a quesadilla with nothing but sharp cheddar and Tabasco and it would be a masterpiece. Ah yum!  Then I could make a grilled cheese with lots of mustard, panini style, with my Lean Mean Grill.  Now my LMG never gets used because there is no cheese!

Moving on, I long for the days of  home made macaroni and cheese (or the doctored up boxed stuff which now I eat plain.  Gross!) fettuccine alfredo, cheese burgers, cheesy tacos, salads, burritos etc. Most importantly cheese on pizza.  I have fallen off the bandwagon twice for pizza.  I LOVE the stuff. Why does it have to be so darn good and why does the cheese on it have to be so yummy!  Why?  Why?

Someday dear cheese perhaps we can be friends again but for now I am simply left with the memory of better times.  Times when the  oohy, goey goodness of cheese could be welcomed with open arms.  Perhaps the 180 lb version of Rachel will be ready to embrace cheese once more but until then we must part ways and live together only in memory….

Oh how I miss cheese!  A similar entry will be done in a few weeks on chocolate, butter, pie crust, thai food, snacking, etc.  Even though I’m not really dieting- Dieting sucks! My uncle Tom once told me that if you get to a certain level of fitness you can eat whatever you want and still be skinny.  There’s the dream! Someday if I work hard enough I can eat cheese and not feel bad about it!  On that note I’m off to have a glorious cheesy dream!