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Old 02-18-2015, 06:34 PM   #1
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Dessert then cheese....

....or cheese then dessert?

It used to be the tradition in certain social circles to serve a savoury such as devils (or angels )on horseback, Welsh rarebit or Scotch woodcock after dessert at a dinner party until WWII rationing largely put a stop to the practice. After the war it staggered on for a bit in old-fashioned gentlemen's clubs of the sort patronised by Bertie Wooster and Lord Peter Wimsey but in restaurants and at home it had largely disappeared, to be replaced by the cheese board with a selection of cheeses, savoury biscuits (cookies?) and a few decorative grapes.

Now the question is - cheese then dessert or dessert then cheese? Which way round do you do it (if you do).

Dessert followed by cheese is the English way and cheese followed by dessert is the French way. Personally I prefer cheese first as it gives you chance to finish the wine that went with the main course but I tend to sit on the fence when I have guests and put both on the table at the same time so people can choose which they have first.
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Old 02-18-2015, 06:41 PM   #2
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I skip dessert completely and go straight for the cheese (with a glass of wine).
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:01 PM   #3
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I woud save the sweets for last except for a cognac or brandy and coffee.
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:04 PM   #4
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If I had a choice of after dinner sweets or a tray of nice cheeses, I'd go for the cheese and probably skip the dessert altogether.


I do like my ice cream at home, but if I were at a dinner party and both were being offered, that's what I'd do. :-)
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:11 PM   #5
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Cheese is served during the Salad Course. Dessert follows the Salad Course but precedes the Fruit Course.
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:25 PM   #6
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Selkie, if you're going to cut & paste someone else's work, it would be nice to at least give proper credit to the author.

And really... butler?
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That's exactly how it's done in my abode Selkie.
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My "butler" needs to be fired. At least he cleans up after Himself.
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Today is my butler's day off.
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....or cheese then dessert?

It used to be the tradition in certain social circles to serve a savoury such as devils (or angels )on horseback, Welsh rarebit or Scotch woodcock after dessert at a dinner party until WWII rationing largely put a stop to the practice. After the war it staggered on for a bit in old-fashioned gentlemen's clubs of the sort patronised by Bertie Wooster and Lord Peter Wimsey but in restaurants and at home it had largely disappeared, to be replaced by the cheese board with a selection of cheeses, savoury biscuits (cookies?) and a few decorative grapes.

Now the question is - cheese then dessert or dessert then cheese? Which way round do you do it (if you do).

Dessert followed by cheese is the English way and cheese followed by dessert is the French way. Personally I prefer cheese first as it gives you chance to finish the wine that went with the main course but I tend to sit on the fence when I have guests and put both on the table at the same time so people can choose which they have first.
Neither. Rarely have dessert, and if we have cheese with dinner (also rare) it's part of the appetizer round. For us, cheese is more of a snack, when it's too long since lunch, but not yet time for dinner. That's when I'll run to the fridge and slice off a bit of cheese to tide me over.

What can I say? We're informal as heck out here in the wild west.
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