I had dinner with my friend Rachel one night and instead of cooking, we decided to take a friend of ours' approach and Whole Foods it up. Like always the case, I think our eyes were bigger than our stomachs when we filled up our to-go boxes full of food from the hot bar. Before leaving, we decided it would be nice to have appetizers before our gigantic meals and perused the cheese section.
(Note: I have found it weird that when I first developed my intolerance for lactose, I didn't mind not eating so much dairy products as the Filipino diet that I was accustomed to rarely consisted or any dairy by-products. But, as I befriended more people that expressed strong passion for the glucose and galactose product, I too developed a taste for it.)
Back to the cheese section...
Rach is a pretty big cheese fan, so I entrusted her with the decision of what kind to purchase. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), WF has a plethora cheeses and this proved be quite a dilemma. Insert "behind-the-counter-cheese-guy". He cones to our rescue and we ask him what his favorite cheese is. He then points us to the Gouda on sale...My kind of guy. We are the kind of girls who appreciate sales. He asked us if we wanted to try it first and you don't dare deny free. The flavor was of a slightly salty taste with a bit of bite. This was called, Unie Kaas Robusto. Originally this bad boy was something like $18.99/lb, but today, well, it was only $9.99/lb. So without further adieu, off we went to enjoy our newly purchased cheese, french bread to accompany it, and our hot bar foods. It was the perfect combo to our WF meals and we were both left full and very satisfied.
Fast forward to the next night, I took the rest of the gouda home with me and I may or may not have a problem with laziness or a possible obsession with the cheese.
Here's what my next two nights of dinner consisted of:
Night 1: Gouda - for its deliciousness, salami - for the saltiness, bread - to neutralize the cheese and salami, and tomatoes - for the pure fact of having something of the fruits/veggie family on my plate
For Night 2:
Gouda and an appearance of extra sharp cheddar with salami, then edamame and corn as my "veggie" side dish. (Thanks to your tupperware eats E!)
Moral of the story, put laziness and lack of self control together and Ethel can make a meal with cheese as the main superstar. (But that's not something to strive for, right?)
Finally, I close with a confession...I did manage to have self control and saved a small piece of this gouda to savor until I wrote this post. Unfortunately, I really don't care that I'm lactose intolerant, so I'm eating the gouda without taking a lactaid pill...hehe...Don't worry, no one else is here. =D
p.s. I blame Ate P and Ate B, Kristine, Sandra and Rachel for my love of cheese despite the internal pain it causes...literally!