Mary Berry Cheese Before Dessert

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MARY BERRY - Cheese before Dessert

Date: 12th March 2014

MARY BERRY – Cheese before Dessert

I couldn’t believe the fuss in the papers about Mary saying that she serves Cheese before Dessert at Lunch and/or Dinner. I’ve been doing that for decades – the French way.

To my way of thinking, you’ve had your main dish which is savoury and you stay with savoury by having your cheese next. I also like the French way of serving Cheese with salad rather than biscuits but I did give that up as a bad job because most of my English friends prefer their carbohydrate. (It’s much healthier to eat cheese with salad and I think enhances the flavour of the cheese)

I don’t know where the custom arose of serving a Cheese platter with accompanying bunch of grapes. When I did this in France, my friends were horrified. So I don’t serve grapes any more but I do put on a handful of dried apricots (but the Waitrose plumped up ones!) and there are never any left over. The Portuguese serve their cheese with Quince jelly.

I always take the precaution of telling my dinner guests that there is a desert just in case they think the Cheese course is their last. The only exception to this rule is if I serve one of the very soft cheeses which you heat and dip into. This is very filling and on those occasions I don’t offer desert.

I lived near Mary Berry many years ago – an absolutely delightful lady and now that she has mentioned Cheese before Desert, the idea might catch on. If only I could get my friends into Salad with their Cheese.


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