"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)

Saturday, 13 February 2010

and the Cheese-makers? they are blessed too

I have just discovered persian fetta...

[window of Leura Gourmet Deli ~ a place where I go to shop, often]

in the mountains we have a lot of little delicatessens ~ mostly family owned and managed... we can buy cheeses from all over the world - creamy french cheeses, blue cheese, sheeps cheese & goats cheese. lavender cheese and cheese rolled in chilli

[I love to browse the shelves. there is Turkish Delight, condiments of all kinds, herbs & spices from exotic places ~ chocolate, biscuits & jams. there are oils & pastas & spiced nuts]

when I was a little girl, delicatessens were shops that you quickly walked past because of fear of the unknown.. 'those foreigners' and their very odd food - strange looking meat sausages hanging by string off metal hooks..odd looking bread which didn't come in a paper wrapper.... and the smells. oh the smells assaulted my little girl nose.... but as it happens, tastes change, views change, and all matures.

[there is a selection of gourmet takeaway. for tourists and locals alike. their Tandoori chicken salad is a favourite of mine..serve it with pappadums and chutney. sit outside on the grass and watch the world go by]

[the cheeses, oh the cheeses make my mouth water]

and as you mature, [just like that cheese you so much love], you start tasting a variety of foods, from exotic, faraway places. places that one can only dream of. hence the persian fetta...

Last night I dreamed that I was asleep in the hand of God.
Today, I bought myself a Paella pan. And shared a Chocolate croissant with dutch husband. tonight a vegetable and barley soup [to soothe the little girl in me] served with organic spelt [did you know that spelt was St Hildegarde of Bingen's chosen grain?]
& tomorrow we celebrate Valentine's day. more about that tomorrow!


Angela said...


Debra She Who Seeks said...

I'm glad your Monty Python reference was to Life of Brian and not The Cheese Shop sketch! Or you'd have had nothing to write about . . . "Oh, I'm sorry, sir, the cat's eaten it!"

Kathryn Knoll said...

Have you tried Dublinder's cheese yet? Awesome, my favorite!

gemma said...

I love this. We have an Italian deli I go to for special treats like homemade cheeses, baguettes of bread,
herbs,delicious olives and canolli.
Yes blessed are the cheese makers.

Linda said...

What a fantastic shop, wish we had a deli like that. Sadly we only have the deli at Coles and Woolworths:( Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day Robyn♥

Janet said...

How lucky you are to have such great shops close by. Cheese is one of my favorite things.

Over the years my taste has changed dramatically. I like to try foods from other cultures.

mxtodis123 said...

I love those little shops. Such great smells. Mmmm!!!!

A bird in the hand said...

The world would be a sad, sad place without cheese!

Serena said...

What an enjoyable post, Robyn...those cheeses sound divine!