Fabrique en Suisse / Hergestellt in der Schweiz / made in Switzerland: this year Switzerland introduced the Cassis de Dijon principle (which states that all sorts of cheaper food from the EU can be now be legally imported). Where will this leave food and drink in Helvetia? Gourmet (fancy French word for glutton) Diarmuid De Faoite investigates Switzerland's gastronomic delights.

Author:De Faoite, Diarmuid
Position:Humour
 
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One of the nice things about living in Switzerland is that supermarkets are like a free trilingual language. school. You will soon come to know the names of the you buy in German, French and Italian, just from the packaging. Start your day by saying "can you please pass me the Butter/Beurre/Burro?" (Then remember that you live alone because you tend to give off a crazy person vibe.)

Of course, the products you can buy here are a little different to the ones you might be used to back home. Appenzeller cheese i is made from a secret recipe that has been entrusted to only a few people. In this respect, it's a bit like Coca-Cola, although I wonder if the secret ingredient is also addiction-causing cocaine like it used to be in Coke? If so, you've got to hand it to those sneaky Appenzellers ... Just don't let the EU find out about this, or our exports will be in trouble!

Unexpected

Maybe one day you'll see a Swiss friend or neighbour malting pancakes at noontime. This might get you thinking, "Aha, they're making pancakes for lunch. That's not a bad idea."

WRONG!

They are probably preparing the contents of Fladlisuppe--which translates to chopped-up pancake soup.

And let's be honest--what a winning dish it is! (As with all Swiss food, a dash of Aromat brings out/hides the flavour.)

Something else that's strange about life in Switzerland is the fact that there are lots of cows providing fresh milk, and yet, the Swiss only seem to drink the plastic-tasting UHT stuff. And even that milk is expensive! Although, in fairness, it does last forever ... a bit like the nosey, old woman in your apartment block.

Another oddity about eating out in Switzerland is that ethnic food is more expensive than local food. Seriously, we must have some of the richest Chinese and Indian restaurant proprietors in the world!

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