I recently wrote about Chez Loulou and mentioned that it was one of the most popular Life in France blogs, in terms of being on other people’s Blogs I Read lists.
It was with a bit of trepidation then, that I asked Jennifer if she would consent to an interview.
I was interested to find out what drove Jennifer to write so passionately about cheese (and take such lovely photographs of it.)
There was also a buring question about a Lingerie Fetish that I just had to ask!
As it was rather cold here in Brittany I felt that I deserved a few days off in sunny Provence. But, taking one look at the icy roads, I decided to fall back on that tried and tested form of communication, carrier pigeon. Unfortunately , La Chasse……
So I had no choice other that to send the interview by email.
1). You blog has been running since January 2006. Do you ever run out of things to say and have to resort to making something up?
Loulou – Nope, never. I’ve barely scratched the surface.
2). You recently mentioned that your cat, Domino, has a lingerie fetish. (You know that I’m asking this just to prove I do read the blogs that I feature on A Taste of Garlic, although, I do have to admit I came across that particular post whilst doing a Google search for something completely different!) Does he (Domino the cat, that is), appear to have any preferences as to colour or style, or is he (like most males), happy with whatever he can get?
Loulou – He seems to prefer anything lacy, but in general he’s a typical male…happy with whatever he can get (and I’m very curious what your Google search was that landed you on this post.)
3). Wine, cheese and sunshine – is this the secret to a happy life?
Loulou – A bit of bread with the wine, cheese and sunshine and yes, that is the secret to a happy life.
4). In Brittany it is said that “wine kills cheese and cheese kills wine” and that we should drink local cidre with our cheese instead. Do you agree with this or do you think that it is just a clever marketing ploy by the local cidre producers and that we should carry on dunking our Camembert in red wine, as we normally do?
Loulou – In all seriousness, cider is good with cheeses produced in Brittany and some cheese from Normandy. Also, cheeses produced in wine producing regions pair best with the wine from that region. So that saying isn’t totally a marketing ploy by the cider makers. Next time try dunking your Camembert into cider and you might be surprised by how nice it tastes.
5). In Brittany, most of our most famous writers are easily recognisable. Have you ever thought about growing a beard, wearing an old smelly vest and writing a book about your experiences in France?
Loulou – I did grow a beard and wear a smelly vest for a while, but my husband complained so much that I shaved and started washing again. The book is being written, however.
6). Have you made many friends through your blog?
Loulou – I’ve met several wonderful people. And a couple of crazy ones.
7). Ricard or Pernod?
Loulou – Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois.
8). What do you say to the people who believe that Elvis isn’t dead but lives in a house with a blue door and is currently earning a living as an accordion player at the Tuesday street market at Olonzac?
Loulou – Please go buy a new deck of cards. One with all 52 this time.
9). You blog, quite obsessively, about cheese. Which is best – Gouda and Tomato Sauce sarnies or Cheddar and Branston in a bap?
Loulou - Obsessive? Moi? I refuse to even think that people eat food like that, so I cannot answer this question.
10). Charles de Gaulle once complained… “how can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?” Was he mad or didn’t he know about the other 22,486,745 different kinds of cheese that can be found in France?
Loulou – His speechwriters obviously didn’t do their research. And should have been fired immediately.
11). Men, Andouillette and Cheese. The smellier the better, what do you think?
Loulou – I would definitely agree when it comes to two out of those three.
12). You might need help on this one (being of both American and Female origin). Thierry Henri – cheat or not?
Loulou – Probably a cheat.
13). Incest and Morris-Dancing. Will it ever catch on, or is it just a fad?
Loulou – They are both so passé. Like molecular gastronomy.
14). Do you want to answer any more questions or would you prefer to pop off down the bar for a quick vin rouge and let me make up the rest of the answers?
Loulou - I can’t believe it took you so long to ask that question. See you at the bar. Santé!
Well, that was enjoyable. A lovely woman who writes a lovely blog and even got the footie question right!
All the best