I saw it among the many fondu pots at Manor, the department store. It was the "caquelon" I liked best. I wanted one with cows and a herdsman, but it was expensive, like most things in Switzerland. I hemmed and hawed. I could pay less and get a plain one. But I plan on using this pot a few times a month for a long time, I reasoned. It would be fun to use with guests. It is Swissy, and since although I am an American and new to Switzerland, I adore anything Swissy, anything with a Swiss flag or Swiss imagery of any kind. I almost have a sort of Swiss patriotism. I "buy Swiss."
I discussed it with my little boy.
"You should get it, Mom. I'll help pay for it. I'll pay 5 francs." How could I refuse that sweet offer? Of course I said yes!
We bought it and then went straight down to the fabulous Manor food hall to buy a baguette and some cheese. We were able to get a bag of delicious fondu cheese, a mixture of vacherin and gruyere, already grated. Did you know that some Swiss have a fondu room in the basement? Some gardens have a little fondu building in them.
It is customary to have hot tea or white wine with your fondu.....
and to kiss everyone at the table if you drop a piece of bread in the cheese.
Mmmmm. Delicious school night dinner in Switzerland.