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Conversations like this

I ran around town on errands for a few hours this afternoon, starting with a brass band concert, which isn't an errand at all. ewtikins' university band was performing as part of a brass band festival at Regent Hall. I'd forgotten how much good thinking I get done when listening to pleasant music.

After were the errands: checking out Paul A. Young's new chocolate shop near Bank; Borough Market; grocery store. At the Borough Market, I remembered we were running low on parmesan cheese. There's a dedicated parmesan cheese vendor there, so I wandered over to buy some, after a nibble to be sure it was decent. The vendor and I fell to talking about parmesan cheese graters. He likes his classic, producing a fine and fluffy grate which melts on touch with warmth. I prefer mine decidedly untraditional, coarsely grated, with the texture of the cheese still detectable to tooth. We agreed that rotary grinders are wonderfully convenient; that it's frustrating to leave one out when it has a bit of cheese stuck in it. I observed that my parents keep theirs in the fridge. Mine broke, so I'm currently using a regular grater. He says he's had an eye out for a microplane parmesan grater for ages, but graters these days aren't, in general, made to last.

And then, as he wrapped up my cheese and I paid, he paused and wished he had more conversations like this one. "I hear they can talk all afternoon about parmesan in Italy." he added wistfully.


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Oct. 19th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
il meraviglioso parmigiano!
mmm, how i miss the sharp flavour of parmesan. i mean, i know i can get it here but my cousins prefer cheddar so it's not often bought. anyway, another cheese convo i remember from the boot was the cheesemonger in a wee piazza market urging me to use his fresh loose ricotta rather than mascarpone (which he didn't even carry) for a tiramisu. other customers in the line all seemed be in agreement with him that it was the 'piu' buono' way to go. i trusted them and made one of the tastiest tiramisu ever!
Oct. 19th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
I could do with a good parmesan grater!
Oct. 20th, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)
We love our microplane grater. It makes for very fluffy cheese so your friend behind the counter would appreciate it. It's easy to clean, too-- you can just throw it in the silverware basket in the dishwasher.
Oct. 20th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
Is the microplaine the one that looks like a hollow wood rasp with a handle? If so then, yes, it does work very nicely.

Actually the fact that the rotary kind never grates it all up is something of an advantage if you like nibbling the crumbs.
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