Feta Fun

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We have fun trying different tastes here at the European Pantry. Today, we offered customers a chance to compare two different ways of using feta.  We started with “kajmak” style feta. This is a smooth creamy feta that is very amenable to making spreads with. First, we added pesto for an antipasto option. We served this on whole wheat Paris toasts but this spread can hold its own on any savoury cracker that brings its own flavour to the table, too. Next, we mixed wild lingonberries to the feta. The tart berries compliment the salty tones of the feta but offer a totally different taste experience than the pesto option. We served this with Nairn’s roughly milled Scottish oat crackers. But it would be great on a bagel!  Of course, you don’t need to add anything to feta which is a versatile cheese with so many uses…you can find both the creamy “kajmak” style or a Balkan style crumbly feta here at the European Pantry.

IMG_3900“KEEPER OF THE KEYS” HINT: Your jar of pesto will keep in your fridge longer it you scrape the pesto down off the sides with a spoon and then pour a thin layer of olive oil to cover. The olive oil will congeal in the fridge and seal off the pesto.  The oil will also take on the pesto flavour and can be used to season a salad or can be brushed on bread.  Just remember to add more oil as you use some.

Cutting the Cheese…

IMG_3321Check out our new cheese knife collection from BOSKA. We now have about a dozen styles of knives available. Choose a knife to match the cheese you are serving.

IMG_3314For example, this oak handled slim profile blade is especially suited for semi-firm cheeses that tend to stick to a standard slicer. Great for mild Goudas and Havartis.

IMG_3316This mini double handled knife will thrill your guests when you serve a firm cheese. I photographed it here with our large store knife that has been used in our family business for over 40 years.  BOSKA knives last and last. Note how the handles are riveted on through the blades of both knives.  The vintage cheese box has also been in the family for years….the cheese it contained enjoyed many years ago!

IMG_3322If you want to shred just a bit of cheese onto a salad or into soup, this it the right tool for the task.

IMG_3323This mini slicer it the perfect size for a cheese board. The perfect price to include several so everyone can slice at the same time! If you like cheese and crackers in your lunch but don’t like your crackers getting soft, throw one of these in and make up your cheese and crackers fresh at lunch time.

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We have several gift sets to bring to your favourite host.  Or be creative, choose several pieces of cheese, a slicer, one of our inexpensive beech wood boards and maybe a package of our ready sliced salamis.  We’ll provide a kraft paper gift bag and ribbon.  You will definitely be invited back!