Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Camembert

Next to our fireplace, where the wood-burning stove is, we keep a basket for what I call "burnables." They're paper wrappers and other small things that we can use to help light fires in the winter. When the basket fills up, I bag up the contents and store it in the garage for winter. We burn egg cartons, bread bags, some paper, and wooden camembert boxes.

A typical wooden camembert box that will help light a fire this fall.

This is a recent cheese box that is only noteworthy because the name of the cheese, Gerbe d'Or, is the name of a restaurant where we recently had lunch. The restaurant is in Loches, nowhere near Normandy where the cheese comes from. By the way, une gerbe is a bundle of grain, like wheat, arranged with their long stems all pointing the same way, often tied in the center.  So, une gerbe d'or is a golden bundle of grain, an icon of a bountiful harvest. By extension, it's also the term for a spray of flowers as you'd see at a wedding, a funeral, or other official ceremonies. The word gerbe can also refer to a spray of artillery fire, and in it's verb form, gerber, it's a slang term for losing your lunch (which itself is a euphemism for, well, you know).

5 comments:

  1. my grandbaby (who is almost 2) was served camembert for dessert at his creche recently ....this amazes me and makes me pine for my fav. cheese

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  2. I love cheese.This one is tasty.

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  3. This cheese is tres $$$ here; Oh how I would love some !

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  4. melinda, French kids do certainly eat well!

    gosia, there's so much to choose from, too!

    michael, it's not at all expensive here, and it's fresher. ;)

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  5. A hint for starting small wood fires....lint from your clothes dryer! I've been saving mine for
    my kids to use on their next camping trip.

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