Saturday, December 2, 2017

Riehen Christmas Market and Fondue

Today we decided to explore the small Christmas market of our little piece of Basel - Riehen.  Riehen is part of Basel Stadt, but we have our own zipcode and town name.  So - they decided they needed their own Christmas market.

IT is small, and only for two days, but we had fun walking around.  There wasn't a lot of food choices there - just homemade jams and jellies.  But the crafts were numerous.  We spent about an hour there, and I did find a souvenir to add to my growing collection.

After the Christmas market, I decided today was the day I was going to try the cheese fondue recipe.  I had bought a fondue pot as part of my Christmas present, and I was anxious to use it.

I had bought all the supplies I needed and set to work.  Note to self - fondue is very labor intensive, and not a spur of the moment food.  Best reserved for parties and guest.

While I prepared the fondue, the girls decided to make some gingerbread cutout cookies.  We all enjoyed making a fabulous mess in the kitchen.

The end result was delicious fondue with fresh bread, and yummy cookies bakes by two cuties for dessert.

Downtown Riehen.  Scooby did not know what to make with all the new smells.  He had a great time exploring.

 The most commonly used cheese in Swiss fondue.  It is a mild cheese, and I really like it.  I was able to find this cheese in Germany so I didn't go broke buying it.
 This cheese I could not find in Germany, but it was the second most common used in Fondue.  So I sucked it up and bought it in our local grocery store.  Luckily I didn't need much.
 All prepared and ready to cook.  Very Swiss
 The girl's cookies
 This is the fondue set I decided to buy.  It is a bit touristy looking, but I am essentially a tourist, and when we got back to the US, it will bring fond memories of our time in Switzerland.  It looks small in the picture, but it is about 8 inches around and make of heavy ceramic.

 This was my take away from the market today.  I love it because it is a replica of the wooden booths that are all over for the Christmas markets.

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