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Ceeelia!  Have you tried my new cheese?

My friend Johnny at the Paesanella Cheese Shop is a very good salesman.

Not in a schmoozy, fast-talking way, but rather through his sheer unbridled enthusiasm for his products.  And he has good reason to be excited this time, because his new cheese is absolutely fabulous.

This Grana Padano – it’s basically a Parmesan, but it can’t be called that because of PDO laws – is made with a mix of buffalo and cow’s milk. The long aging process imparts an appealing crumbly texture and a deep, tangy flavour. I particularly love the little bubbles of creaminess dotted over the surface…

We’ve been using it in everything!

Pete asked for cheese cookies, so I pulsed the following together in the food processor to form a firm dough:

  • 125g (4oz) unsalted butter
  • 125g (4oz) plain (AP) flour
  • 125g (4oz) grated cheese (a mix of the Grana Padano, Pecorino and Red Leicester)

As you can tell, I like baking in round numbers. The dough was shaped into a log and allowed to rest in the fridge for a couple of hours, then sliced and baked in a preheated 175C with fan oven for 12 minutes.  The cookies were fragile, crumbly and very moreish – bake a little longer if you prefer them crunchier…

The current batch of cos lettuce in our garden was coming to an end, so I harvested all the young leaves…

…and turned them into Steve Manfredi’s Caesar Salad.  Because we were using freshly laid eggs, I didn’t bother to coddle them for the recipe.  The salad was topped with homemade sourdough focaccia croutons and shavings of the Grana Padano…

And finally, yet another Manfredi recipe (we’re really getting our money’s worth from the new cookbooks we bought), this one for a very simple cauliflower soup, topped with toasted sourdough and melted Grana Padano…

Johnny, your new cheese has been a hit at our place – we’ve just bought another wedge!

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Paesanella Cheese Shop
88 Ramsay Rd
Haberfield NSW 2045
Tel. 02 9799 8483
Website: DeliVer, Gourmet Food Distribution

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