If you read the last post, you’ll know that I had decided to cook a gourmet meal for my in-laws for their anniversary. I had it all planned out – On Friday I would do the pudding, and on Saturday I would do the starters and main. I would buy almost everything on Friday afternoon, leaving only the shanks to buy on the Saturday at the local ‘slow foods’ market.
So off I went, armed with my trusty shopping list. Almost everything was easily located, with the exception of mozzarella. I stood in front of the cheese section, starting forlornly at the tub which USED to have mozzarella in it. It now had feta. While normally I would be very happy to have feta and wouldn’t grudge it its position in the world – in this one particular instance I felt a feeling of injustice. I was very sad. Anyway I got everything else and went to pay. I suddenly thought that maybe it had just been moved… that it did still exist… and I asked the cashier. This is an approximation of the conversation:
Me: You guys used to have mozzarella back there. Has it been moved?
M: There used to be mozzarella in the pans back there. Have they been moved?
C: The cheese section is behind you.
M: I know where the cheese section is, I’m asking what has happened to the mozzarella that used to be served at the cheese section.
(I briefly considered the futility of this conversation and decided that life was too short. Far too short.)
M: Never mind, you have no idea what I’m talking about.
C: A lot has changed now that we’ve started renovating.
(It’s amazing! A sentence that almost relates to my question!)
M: How long are the renovations supposed to carry on for?
C: We don’t know – we weren’t even told that they were happening. We just came in and they were busy moving stuff.
(At this point I felt a bit sorry for the cashier – he must have had quite a few irate customers querying what was happening)
After a bit more conversation I paid for my stuff and left. And bought my mozzarella somewhere else. But this is what I wanted the mozzarella for: Caprese tomato bites from EatPlayLove’s site – just slightly altered.
Here is the recipe:
- 1 packet Small Tomatoes – I used Romanita
- 3 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream
- 250g Fresh Mozzarella
- 6 leaves Fresh Basil
- 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
- Balsamic reduction – to decorate the plates and to use as a dipping sauce