Friday, January 18, 2013

The best Chrismukkah present ever...Ever!

Doc and I exchanged Chrismukkah presents a little late this year, as we were in the US until almost mid-January, but it was well worth the wait.
We don't go crazy on presents for the holidays. It's just not our thing, but I can't help gush over this particular present:

Cheese lovers and francophiles alike will recognize this as a real, charcoal-fueled, honest aux dieux de fromage Raclette machine.
And the best part about it? This raclette machine doesn't plug into a wall, and it's not coated in Tefal, which were both requirements for our dreamboat raclette machine.

Problem was, we couldn't find one. For years.
Everything you find in the stores here in France and Switzerland plugs into a wall and is coated in Tefal...
In fact, it took Doc the better part of two years to even find this one, and it happened to be not only made by hand in a little shop, but this little shop also happens to be in France.
Winner winner raclette dinner!

Doc made sure we acquired all of the necessary accessories as well, including the potato basket which was also made in the same little shop, and has little elderflowers and such handpainted on one side...
So obviously we needed to break this sucker in, which is what we did last Friday night with a few happy guinea pigs...

As much as I love going for raclette at our favorite french restaurant in the mountains, I have to admit that it was nice to save some money and put that money to having 5 times the available dried meats for our round of raclette.

The other plus to serving up raclette via hot charcoal at home? Zombie fun is only an arms length away, right next to the scotch...
A la prochaine friends...


  1. I would love to have a raclette maker like that one; a truly authentic one instead of the other kind you describe which is what we have here in Northern CA and at our home in Provence. Does it give off smoke? My fear is it would set off the smoke detectors and we would be blasted out the entire time we were were eating. Have a great weekend.

  2. You can't see any smoke, but you can smell it. I cracked a window, despite the snow outside, because it made it nice and toasty in the kitchen as well. I don't know about the rest of France, but I have yet to see a single smoke detector in any home here in the eastern part, so we don't have that problem. (Only the problem of not being alerted of fires.)

  3. You guys are hard core Racletters! I like it.