I assume it’s cracking good, though I’m not the expert


I have many friends who are enamored of all things cheese, enjoying the subtle nuttiness of a fribble-frabble cheese or the elastic grassiness of an imported Rückwärtspilzhaus. To me, on the other hand, they all just taste like cheese.

My friends would probably enjoy this weekend's Seattle Cheese Festival. (Word on the street is that it gets really crowded by midday, so get there early.)

I, on the other hand, would struggle to come up with commentary even as insightful as "Gee, that's salty." I'd probably start with "Hm, I think this tastes like cheese." For people like me, here are some tips on putting together a cheese plate.

Comments (19)
  1. Matt Green says:

    Ah, cheese, my favorite animal by-product.

  2. Nathan_works says:

    It’s like wine, I like both wine, and cheese (but not wine&cheese). There’s distinctions among them, but making it seem inaccessible or getting snooty just turns folks off.

    For the time being, Rückwärtspilzhaus is a googlenope, until they re-index Raymond’s page here.. Not knowing any German, but being aware of the penchant for new German nouns to be existing nouns "mashed" together, what’s Rückwärtspilzhaus loosely translate to ? (return something house?)

  3. Maxim says:

    Ah, cheese, testament to the willingness of people to consume products that have really gone bad and taste like it too.

  4. SMW says:

    Nathan_works,

    Rück is a backpack (Rücksack).  Haus is house, as you pointed out.  I have no idea what wärtspilz is, other than made-up German that almost sounds valid.

  5. Jim Dodd says:

    I got a kick out of your "reference" to Wallace (and Gromit) in your title. Wensleydale? Anyone?

  6. Pilz says:

    It translates to backward(s) – mushroom – house

  7. Anthony Wieser says:

    You really ought to try some challenging cheeses,  like Gjetost, and Sapsago, or even wimpier ones like limburger or chaumes.

    You’d be hard pressed to say nothing but "hmm salty".  Don’t mix them with Surströmming though.  Best enjoyed one at a time.

    OK, I was born a cheesehead.

  8. Daniel says:

    Well,:

    rückwärts – backwards

    Pilz – mushroom

    Haus – house

    but Rückwärtspilzhaus? No idea what’s meant here.

  9. Ben Hutchings says:

    I defy you to eat Stinking Bishop without forming a stronger opinion.

  10. Nitpick: "cracking good" is redundant.  (IIRC the line was "cracking toast, Gromit")

  11. Well, given the translations of Rückwärts, Pilz and Haus given above, Rückwärtspilzhaus means “Backwards mushroom house” – whatever that is supposed to be.

    As for cheesy stuff, I hope all of you are familiar with the Chupaqueso http://www.chupaqueso.com/.

  12. MadQ1 says:

    It could also be Reverse- (or Inverse-) Fungus-House (or the Home thereof.)

    As a Dutch guy living in Ohio, good cheese is one of the few things I really miss. No offense, but Gouda made in the US is unpalatable. I had to spit it out when I tried it. Even the imported stuff is barely edible. I wonder if the Dutch only send over the low quality wheels (of cheese) on purpose.

    <pet peeve>

    BTW, when saying Gouda, the G is properly pronounced like the CH in Loch Ness, and the OU as in Ouch.

    </pet peeve>

  13. De Lemmer says:

    That reminds me of the famous cigarette box warnings in the netherlands, that I’ve seen

    on a boat trip on the Ijselmeer:

    Roken is dodelijk

    Cheese: I only like the cheese that doesn’t taste like cheese for hawaii toasts and lasagne/pizza. The rest is too ‘cheesy’.

  14. Aaargh! says:

    "Reminds me of the famous cigarette box warnings in the netherlands,

    that I’ve seen on a boat trip on the Ijselmeer:

    Roken is dodelijk"

    There are few different warnings they put on the cigarette boxes. The one that really cracks me up basically says: smoking can make you infertile.

    How is that supposed to stop me from smoking ? It makes me want to go out and buy a few packs. The idiots that designed the warning assumed everyone likes children and has the urge to reproduce.

  15. _Eclosion says:

    "dodelijk" means deadly, not infertile?

    I am glad fellows like you don’t want to reproduce.  Keep om smoking! :)

  16. Aaargh! says:

    Yes, "Roken is dodelijk" literally means "smoking is deadly", but there are a whole bunch of different ones (collect them all!)

  17. Aaargh! says:

    > As a Dutch guy living in Ohio, good cheese is one of the few things I _really_ miss. No offense, but Gouda made in the US is unpalatable.

    As a dutch guy living in the Netherlands and who just returned from his weekly visit to the local cheese shop 15 minutes ago I can only imagine your pain.

    That being said, time to make myself a nice ham & cheese sandwich, with a few extra slices of ‘jong belegen’ cheese. *drool*. (I also just visited the local bakery so I have a nice loaf of freshly made ‘Waldkorn’ bread to put the cheese on).

  18. MadQ1 says:

    Aaargh!: How can you be so cruel?! Nobody likes you, you know. I’ve asked around.

    Oh well. To console myself, I’ll just go and shock a few unsuspecting Americans with some double-salt licorice (which I can actually buy here.)

    BTW, your pennance is to send me some krokettes and kroepoek.

  19. Aaargh! says:

    "BTW, your pennance is to send me some krokettes and kroepoek."

    You can’t get kroepoek over there ? WTF! As for kroketten, the difficult/expensive part would be keeping them frozen during transport. It might be easier to just make them yourself.

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