Adolphe Menjou’s Venetian Spiced Cheese

Adolphe Menjou
“It was my mustache that landed jobs for me.
In those silent-film days it was the mark of a villain.”

If only you could tell these days if a man were a villain by whether or not he wears a moustache. There seem to be a few villains around at the moment posing as nice people…

Anyhow, those Rolling Stones boys sure enjoyed the Sunday lunch we whipped up for them. Ginger cooked up two delicious chickens with all the trimmings and Grace made two beautiful Pavlovas so there was no need for a trifle. Instead, I made Adolph’s spicy cheese which we had on crackers with our pre-dinner glass of bubbly. Lee Van Cleef liked the delayed reaction of the paprika and I liked him. He said, and I quote, “The delight of the initial taste of the Venetian Spiced Cheese is further excited by the after-tang of the what-have-you.” A drummer with eloquence…

Ginger proclaimed it to be “blooming marvellous” and now I’ll have to wait for her to find out if Mr Van Cleef is interested in seeing me again. A matchmaker put me and Charley together so maybe her plan will work…

As for the New Zealander, he was a no-show on Saturday night at White Mischief and not a peep out of him to say why he didn’t take up his guest list spot. Rosalind and I have always considered the New Zealand male to be the nicest but as she announced with some venom, he has single-handedly brought the whole country into disrepute!

3 Responses to Adolphe Menjou’s Venetian Spiced Cheese

  1. Leslie Holden 1 Dec, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

    Hello, I’m new to your wonderful site! I love your personal stories of cooking with friends while sharing a tipple and starry recipes! I’ve been searching in vain for Adolphe Menjou’s Spicy Venetian Cheese recipe; am I such a dunce I can’t locate it on your site?

    Please help! I need a very special Christmas appetizer.

    Thank you,

    • Jenny 8 Dec, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

      Leslie! I have found the recipe and popped it in the blog post. I was surprised to see that I made this A LOT in the early days of the blog and I had forgotten all about it. Now I have seen it again, I’ve remembered how delicious it is and may well make some this festive season.

      Do let me know if you make this via the contact page – send pix!!!

  2. Jenny 4 Dec, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

    Hi Leslie – thanks for your kind words! When I first started the blog I had no idea that people would find it, and be interested in the recipes. I didn’t post them up in the early days – but fear not! Tomorrow I will locate the Adolphe Menjou recipe and post it – watch this space!!

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