Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time will have come across me lamenting the cheese landscape in Australia. In fact, the very first blog post I wrote about food, some five years ago, was on this topic. The situation can be summed up as follows: imported cheese is pretty difficult to find, and when you do find it, it's eye-wateringly expensive.
haven't changed much, as I was reminded today. My local grocery store
has undergone an extensive remodel, and now a has a much larger and
swankier deli section, including an expanded selection of imported
cheeses. I took a few minutes to browse through it and see what's
available, and felt a momentary thrill when I saw comté cheese on the bottom shelf. I don't remember ever having seen comté cheese anywhere in Australia before, and I've been craving it ever since I had lunch in Paris last March. For a brief, shining moment, culinary visions danced in my head.
I remembered to look at the price tag. In case you can't read the fine
print in the crummy phone-camera photo above, that's AUD$67 per kilo -
that's about EUR$47 or GBP$39 per kilo, or USD$32 per pound, for those
of you following along overseas. Or, in simpler terms, a short walk back
to mass-produced Australian cheddar.