since seeing (and eating from) a cheese platter on the buffet at a friend's party in march, agnes has talked about how she wants us to do a "cheese party". so, we've finally set the date for next sunday. basically, we are just doing an informal picknick in the park, invited lots of people and told them to each bring something cheese related. hopefully some will bring actual blocks of cheese ... i plan to bake a chocolate cheese cake, buy a block of cheese or some cheese cream, and buy some drinks ... if anyone here happens to be in berlin, you can join us!
How about Quark? In Amsterdam, I bought some organic goat Quark at the Noordermarkt, and I bought something similar in Köln, where I also bought the loveliest organic rye bread with nuts. Mmmmm.
Alas I've never been to Berlin, or anywhere in Germany that far east. I was going to say I'd never been to anywhere that far east, but I did study one summer in the far northeast corner of Italy and then visited Istria (which was still in Yugoslavia at the time) so I'd have to look on the map or at the longitude and latitude. Berlin someday!
I only wish I knew. Paneer can be sautéed like some Levantine cheeses without melting, but I don't know much about the process in either case. I've had some very dry compressed ricotta (good for making canneloni etc) but I don't think it behaves the same way if sautéed.