I don't watch a lot of TV but my best friend Casey got me absolutely HOOKED on an AMC program, Mad Men. The setting is the 1960s in New York City and the civil rights and women's movements are just kicking off. The men are powerful advertising agents who wear dapper suits and the women are secretaries trying to push forward in their marginalized careers or at least get married...
A friend and I love the show and have been doing small Mad Men "parties" with 60s era details. This week, we tried fondue! I've been reading food critic books lately for research I'd like to conduct over the summer and came across this fondue recipe in Elizabeth David's fabulous book, An Omelette and a Glass of Wine. It was tasty!
CHEESE AND GUINNESS FONDUE (makes one pint)
2 lb. grated cheddar cheese
1/2 pint Guinness (good measure)
6-8 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 level Tablespoon cornflour
Put grated cheese into a 7-inch fondue dish or enameled iron casserole and melt gently, stirring continuously. Add remaining ingredients and stir until the fondue thickens slightly. For dipping, use chunks of French bread or toast.
I brought celery, carrots and French bread for dipping. The experience was so much fun. I'm certainly going to be on the look out for a fondue pot at thrift stores. Next week we're going to try dessert fondue. Please post any recipes that you know of or tips for fondue. I've never cooked over a little flame like this but thankfully, it was a success!