18 Mar 2010


...... A common enough saying when one's having one's photograph taken but where did the phrase come from?

Despite much research, I still don't really know though perhaps the closest I've come to finding out is:
Photographers ask their subjects to "say cheese" because by pronouncing the word, the subjects mouths form into a smile as long as they hold the "ee" - Thanks ANSWERBAG for that snippet of information. I can verify you are correct in your reply in that you do indeed smile whilst prolonging the 'ee' in cheese.
I'm doing it again, aren't I? Planning a post and letting my mind wonder. Back to topic .....
As a bairn I loved cheese though it had to be English cheese (or at least, like DAIRYLEA TRIANGLES, produced for the UK market) - CHEDDAR, CHESHIRE or, beloved cheese of animated character, Wallace of WALLACE AND GROMIT fame, WENSLEYDALE.
However that all changed when I met Husband dearest who introduced me to the delights of more 'exotic' cheeses like the still very English STILTON as well as the (not quite so English) French BRIE and CAMEMBERT to name but a few.
Still not onto my post proper, I just wanted you to know I like cheese - cheese and pickle sandwiches, cheese on toast, cheesy pasta bake etc - but I'm not overly sure about cheese in this context.
A New York restaurateur is offering customers cheese made from ............ his wife's breast milk.
Daniel Angerer decided to experiment and posted a recipe - which includes 4 cups of milk, yoghurt, rennet and sea salt - for what he called Mother's Milk Cheese on his blog - as reported in the Sunday Sun.
Umm, breast milk cheese? Not something I'd personally like to sample so, swiftly moving on, how about Cheese Art?
Sourced from Full House magazine: 'Food artist' Prudence Staite has taken things to a whole new level by making sculptures of celebrities out of (you guessed) cheese.
Her work includes a bust of US president Barack Obama, a mosaic of Geordie lass and singer Cheryl Cole as well as a sculpture of burlesque dancer Dita Von Cheese, sorry, that's, Von Teese in her famous wine glass pose which you can view, courtesy of the BBC website, by clicking HERE.
And so on to another casualty of health and safety regulations, sad news from the world of sport.
Cheesed off (excuse the pun) competitors reckon it's the thin edge of the wedge.
But after more that 200 years of broken bones and twisted ankles, a historic cheese-rolling contest has been axed.
The wacky event, where locals chase 7lb wheels of DOUBLE GLOUCESTER down a one-in-two (I presume we are talking very steep here) hill, is held every May near the Cotswold village of Brockworth. But this year's Bank Holiday roll is off following worries over the expected 15,000 spectators and problems getting insurance - An edited version of an article by Richard Smith writing in the Daily Mirror.
Then, if you are anything like me and are beginning to think it couldn't possibly get any more strange - think again.No I'd never heard of it either but to find out click HERE and you'll meet Sarah who will tell you all about it ...... or perhaps not.


Tina said...

I adore cheese. Damn diet!

Vivienne said...

All those different types of cheese have me sitting here drooling. I rarely eat cheese these days due to being on a perpetual diet. What I wouldn't do for a bit of Stilton!

Kissed by an Angel said...

I've never found a cheese that I don't like!! I'd take a swerve on the breast milk cheese though!! Yuk - what a thought!!!!
How are you feeling now???

chitra said...

I too love cheese. But breast milk cheese. nope...yuk..

GMR said...

Oh my word...really? Milk made from...yeah, that's definitely one I've never heard of. My own mother is the cheese lover in the family as her palette has a broader range, but I myself love Gouda, Provolone, Mozarella, American (white), Cheddar, and Colby. Hmm..okay, looks like I inherited at least a portion of her cheese addiction. LOL. (Enjoyed the post!) =0)

Nina said...

I live in Holland, nuff said.. NO? I love cheese, I eat it almost everyday on bread!

Dorte H said...

Cheese art? Leave it on the table in full sun for a few hours - but DON´T touch it afterwards!

We even say cheese in Denmark and have done so for as long as I can remember. If you want to be witty, you´ll tell people to say "ost" (cheese in Danish), and when you say it, you´ll look as if you are trying to whistle.

MOLLYC said...

I got Charlie a monthly cheese club for Christmas! he is a cheese fanatic! I am sending him this post! Lots of love to you, my surrogate child! xo

Tracie said...

Ugh. That's not right.

Kelly said...

Cheese is one of my favorite things in the whole world!!! I like most kinds with some of my favorites being cheddar (any kind), colby, monterrey jack, havarti, and muenster. I'm not as fond of swiss, blue or any of those other blue-moldy types. Once upon a time I belonged to an "international cheese club" and got to try all sorts. Wonderful!!

I'll take a pass on the breast milk cheese. yuk!

Rob Innis said...

No idea but I am one of the world's biggest W&G fans! My favorite - Very tricky probably The Wrong Trousers....

Jennifer McLean said...

Mmmm, cheeeeese. yummy. I don't care that I'm lactose intollerant, I love cheese. I'm so glad you like your bookmark! It arrived so quickly, and in tact. Yippie! Hope it dresses up your books. :o)

Jenners said...

I'm focusing on the smallest part of your post ... I love Wallace and Gromit!

Anonymous said...

I heard about the breast milk cheese, Yikes! I'm a cheese lover but it doesn't always love me, I am finding I have to be careful with it since I've developed some digestive issues.
I always suspected the 'saying cheese' bit had to do with smiling but I wonder why in the nursery rhyme "The Farmer in the Dell" (I think that's how you spell it) 'the cheese stands alone'?
Perhaps it's stinky Limburger cheese.