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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pumpkin Cheesecake; a French Perspective

Cheesecake in and of itself is a strange concept for my Frenchman to embrace. In his world there is cheese and there is cake. They are different. One is sweet and one is savory. He can see no advantage in combining the two.
Add to that the notion of mixing in canned pumpkin and an overdose of cinnamon, to create something that is more likely to be visually pleasing to someone still reminiscing about how cute changing a baby's diapers can be, and the Holiday's become a potential minefield wherein any invitation could lead to aforementioned Frenchman being asked to eat and show enjoyment of pumpkin cheesecake.
One such Thanksgiving Invitation was to join friends and their friends for a sumptuous and elegant spread with charming conversation, a musical interlude and a variety of wines from a local vineyard.
When dessert appeared my Frenchman volunteered to cut and serve, not something I would normally see him do. He graciously went around the table, making sure that each guest had a piece and that, coincidentally, there was none left over for him.
His clever plan was foiled by the Hostess with the Mostess; a second pumpkin cheesecake was standing by and brought triumphantly to the table.


  1. Haahahha, but a brilliant plan nonetheless.

  2. Oh dear, you mean he actually had to eat some finally due to the dastardly doubled dessert trick ? Poor man...

  3. Now THAT is funny!! I love cheescake, especially the creamy kind. Interesting though, that Sara Lee makes a "French Cheesecake," that is really like and lucious. Don't tell me it is not really French???? Scandalous.

  4. ah, for once I commiserate. The cheese cake sounds revolting.

  5. You have to give him A for effort though, and he was being so gracious. Ah well, hopefully when the second cheesecake was brought out he was able to cut his own slice to his desired size. Sounds like a good time was had by all, or almost all.

  6. The French do look askance when cheesecake is proposed, but that pales beside the reaction to-for those with a colloquial grasp of English-spotted dick.

  7. TechnoBabe, his face was a delight to behold:)

    Deborah, "Toad in the hole" has an appetizing flavor too, n'est ce pas?

    Friko, I think the term is "No redeeming qualities"!

    Jean, We sometimes stay with a friend who makes fabulous cheesecakes; blueberry, strawberry, chocolate. We have found that by calling them "Delice de ...." they become acceptable on the dessert menu. There is a great conspiracy whenever we visit her. The whole town is in on it. Sorry to disillusion you about Sara Lee.

    Siliyak, I agree. Sometimes this marriage is a spectator sport.

    Owen, not only eat some, but be polite about it. It made my day! That's on the "reasons I keep him around" list.

    @eloh, rather devious and showing more foresight than usual.

  8. Hysterical! I dated a Brit for years and had similar reactions to the aforementioned dishes, as well as some other questionable delights.

  9. That was a clever move by Mr. ER. I don't like pumpkin at all but suffer it for the sake of politeness.