Apr 7, 2009

Cheese Grater Winner

Filed under: Expressions,giveaways,Recipes — Tags: , , — Kay @ 8:55 am

Time’s up!

If I had known you guys were so eager to try a few Dutch gadgets, I would have made this a giveaway quite some time ago. Good to know, I’ll try to find more specifically Dutch (an cute) items for giveaways.

The good news; it wasn’t Kryptonite they tried to pass off as green cheese! It was, in fact, Basil cheese. Tried it and lived to tell! The bad news is; it wasn’t all too tasty. Not to my palate, that is. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you that this isn’t the only cheese store we have. We have cheese stores like this—most of them a lot bigger—on practically every corner of the street. We’re cheese junkies, what can I say!

The number that came up in the true random number generator is 254.

Which would be Debby! Congrats!

E-mail me at kay@kayotic.nl, so I can mail you the cheese grater planer (sorry, just had to say it one more time).

In two of my previous postings (Indonesian Chicken Salad & Kay’s Potato Salad) I’ve mentioned turning the cheese grater planer (I know that’s not what they’re called, I just like the phrase:) into a give away. My very first give away. Let me wipe away a tear, it’s too emotional!

I was surprised to find the broad range of cheese planers we have here—and specifically one of these graters—are so hard to come by abroad!

So I went downtown….

Downtown Gouda is fun. Lots of things to see. From gorgeous ancient buildings to worn-down yet very photogenic walls with bikes parked up against it. You’ll see lots and lots of bikes around here.

But I wasn’t sight-seeing, I was on my way to the market to buy cheese, vegetables and other stuff. The market is—and how could it not be—on our market square. The vendors put up their stands around our beautiful old town-hall on Thursday morning and on Saturday. It was overcast when I went down there.

The town-hall looks more impressive from the front. And when the weather is slightly better—as it was when I took this shot about 2 weeks ago. There was a wedding ceremony going on, hence the big Bentley. Did you know the Japanese built an immaculate replica of our town-hall for one of their theme parks in Nagasaki?

On my way home I went to the cutest little cheese store. They sell the most amazing (and bizarre) types of cheese there. They also have a mini tapas-bar filled with olives and other yummy goodies. Most cheese stores in Gouda also sell tapas on the side and some even have a special chocolate section. Don’t ask me why.

I can see why tourists are drawn to it.

There it is. My cheese grater planer! The one I can’t live without. My life is empty and meaningless without it! Okay, so maybe not entirely empty and meaningless, but it sure makes some kitchen tasks easier for me! They didn’t really have photographic friendly light in there. Ouch. Photos are bad, but you’ll forgive me, right?

Handed the girl behind the counter the cheese grater planer (I love saying that) and asked her to gift-wrap it.

While I was waiting for my package, my attention was drawn to a small plate of cheese cubes on the counter. Cheese! Fully ready to be devoured by little ole me. How could I resist? That’s right. I couldn’t.

Bad Kay. Bad bad Kay.

Right before grabbing my umth piece of cheese, the girl came back and handed me the package. Bummer. Now is that Dutch gift wrapping or what? Gotta love the tacky Delfts Blauw.

On my way out I couldn’t help but notice the green cheese. It stopped me dead in my tracks. The stuff was so bright green it looked like Superman’s Kryptonite! I have no idea what it was, but I kindly passed on trying a sample. Nothing good can come from green food that was not meant to be green.

 I’m a wuss and I’m proud of it, too! :)

Just leave a comment. On Saturday morning I’ll take a swing at the True Random Number Generator (random.org) and will post the results here.


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      Woow that green cheese looks scary. What kind of herb did they put in it?

      amwtang on Apr 7, 2009 @ 9:01 am Reply
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      Oh my goodness, these pictures are so beautiful! I must admit that I am jealous of both your photography skills, and your hometown.

      And I’m right with you on the Green Food front. Last week I had some green mochi, and I didn’t feel quite right about it for a while afterwards. It was just so vibrantly green! But there was no way I would pass up mochi, mmm.

      Katie on Apr 7, 2009 @ 9:05 am Reply
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      You should have tried! It’s good although not in the early morning haha. It’s most likely the pesto infused cheese with cloves for extra flavour which I blogged about here: http://tiny.cc/EReKl

      Baking Soda on Apr 7, 2009 @ 9:07 am Reply
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      What a great cheese store! I wish we had those kind of stores here where I live. I’ve always wanted to go into a store like that and buy all sorts of cheeses. Do they sell a lot of cheese there? They always look so well stocked, I guess it’s good that cheese lasts as long as it does. :)

      Liz on Apr 7, 2009 @ 9:09 am Reply
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      I want to visit! I live in France right now so maybe I could just make my way on over someday… Ha.

      Elisabeth on Apr 7, 2009 @ 9:42 am Reply
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      I would try the green cheese if I was there. Haha

      I love old towns. They’re pretty arts. And a very lovely yellow cheese store. Cool.

      Che-Cheh on Apr 7, 2009 @ 9:42 am Reply
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      Hi Kai, I saw many different kinds of cheese, on your beautiful pics, but which one is your favorite Dutch cheese?

      Ernst T on Apr 7, 2009 @ 9:42 am Reply
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      I love cheese! What is that green looking one???

      christine on Apr 7, 2009 @ 9:43 am Reply
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      Darn you are so lucky to have an awesome cheese store like that. Around here the best I have is the deli at the big box grocery store. I may be able to get great cheddar cheese here for a good price, but nothing much exotic around here. Like that green cheese, the health department would probably shut the place down for rotten cheese if someone tried stocking that (OK, I am exaggerating a bit, but you get the idea). Why wouldn’t you try the green cheese though, the sample plate is sitting right there!

      (P.S. This is my first time posting on your blog, but I have been following on google since I saw one of your recipes on Pioneer Woman. I also like the fact that some of my ancestors are Dutch so I get a bit of insight into Dutch cooking at least by following your blog, Oh and the recipes are great too! :P)

      A. Bretveld on Apr 7, 2009 @ 9:43 am Reply
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      You are from Gouda! I thought I recognised the cheesestore (dôh, I stock up on cheese there all the time).
      I don’t want to enter in the contest since I already own one of those cuties but I hope someone will be very happy next saturday.
      BTW, have you ever tried a danisch kaasschaaf? Those are weeeiiiirrd!

      Owlet on Apr 7, 2009 @ 9:48 am Reply
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      Green cheese does not beat the bottle of port sticking out of a nice blue cheese at Christmas in the AH !

      Matthieu on Apr 7, 2009 @ 9:58 am Reply
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      Oh I miss Europe so much! Though I will admit I never saw green cheese (well when it’s supposed to be green) before. Interesting, yet scary.

      KellyR on Apr 7, 2009 @ 9:58 am Reply
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      gorgeous pictures, Kay!

      Throwing my virtual hat in the virtual ring, so to speak, for a chance at the prize!

      expat on Apr 7, 2009 @ 10:01 am Reply
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      love cheese! love these photos too!

      kat on Apr 7, 2009 @ 10:28 am Reply
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      As usual, gorgeous pictures.
      Thanks for the chance to get the grater. I fell in love with it ever since I saw it.

      Yuliana Ng on Apr 7, 2009 @ 10:31 am Reply
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      I need a cheese grater, moved to England and just haven’t gotten one yet.

      Jennifer E on Apr 7, 2009 @ 10:32 am Reply
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      will u be sending any to South East Asia reader??

      New Kid On The Blog on Apr 7, 2009 @ 10:37 am Reply
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      OOOOO I want the grater!!!

      Truc on Apr 7, 2009 @ 10:46 am Reply
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      I read somewhere that in ancient history green colored cheese was obtained by using the sheep poo in the cheese-making-procedure. That’s one courageous way of not wasting anything.

      desiree on Apr 7, 2009 @ 11:02 am Reply
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      We love cheese, we love cheese!

      Kathy on Apr 7, 2009 @ 11:09 am Reply
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      We could really use this!

      Alison on Apr 7, 2009 @ 11:15 am Reply
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      love the pictures of the cheese store! so pretty! :)

      lemon on Apr 7, 2009 @ 11:25 am Reply
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      I want cheese stores like that near me!

      :)

      Amitai on Apr 7, 2009 @ 11:33 am Reply
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      so much talent and images packed into one post – the beauty of your images makes me want to visit! as i eat my gouda today i will remember where it came from! thank you!

      Heidi Renee on Apr 7, 2009 @ 11:39 am Reply
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      I’ve seen that green cheese in Brussels, I think it was parsely and chive and tasted better than it looked!

      Josie on Apr 7, 2009 @ 12:19 pm Reply
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