It’s All About the Cheese!

22 December 2008

We normally do our grocery shopping at the Arpico in Nugegoda, but today, we opted to go to the Arpico in Battaramulla. The reason? Cheese.

Yep. It’s all about cheese. 😀

See, cheese is only sold in a very few limited places in Sri Lanka. Sure, there’s “cheese”, or local cheese, which is usually processed, but even when not, none of tastes like cheese, the good stuff from Europe, Canada, USA, or Australia, for example. Yes, I do realize I sound like a snob. 😛

But the Battaramulla Arpico, because there are a lot of foreigners in the neighborhood, carries not just “cheese”, but also cheese.

Their selection, today, consisted of mild cheddar (I would have preferred medium or sharp, but hey, I take what I can get), halloumi, brie, camembert, and blue cheese.

We opted for the halloumi and cheddar. The cheddar will be used tonight on pizza, along with sorta fresh and not entirely bruised basil leaves. Real ones, even – not the dried stuff.

The halloumi? It’s a goat milk cheese somewhat similar to feta. Usually, I coat it in flour with red chilli powder and deep fry it for a half a minute or so and serve it with a salad. I think I’ll see what else I can do with it for variety.

Besides the fresh basil, there was also peppermint, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram in small packets. Most were rotted, unfortunately, or I would have bought at least one of everything. As it was, only one bag each of basil, rosemary, and peppermint were worth buying.

I also got a half dozen lemons. Now, these lemons are close to double the size of lemons I bought in Canada, so this is a pretty good haul. I haven’t seen lemons at our usual Arpico in at least 3 or 4 months.

Produce in general was much fresher, much better quality at the Battaramulla Arpico than at the one we usually shop at. Too bad it’s also twice as far.

But, all in all, this was a happiness shopping trip. 🙂

And I think I’ve got Fahim convinced to go shopping there every other month or so. More happiness!

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