It’s gouda stuff!

I was wandering through the grocery store the other day (which is really the only way I ever experience the grocery store) when I passed by the cheese area.  A certain joy overtook me as I saw that delectable red wax wheel covering, what I remembered to be, the cheese of the gods.  When I was a kid, my parents used to get a wheel of gouda cheese every now and then.  My brother and I waited patiently as mom and dad unwrapped the cellophane and sliced through the wax to cut out our wedges.  It was a bit of a delicacy when I was growing up so we got a fairly small piece each time so we could make it last several days.  I remember enjoying that whole experience so much.

That was supper one night

So, I bought a small wheel of gouda cheese the other day and did the routine, opening the wrapper, cutting the wax, doing all the stuff like when I was a kid.  You know what?  It was almost as good as I remember.  My tastes are probably a little more exotic now than they were when I was a kid but I think my “taste memory”  kicked in and made it taste far better than it really was.

Now I am no longer bound by rules of sharing or making it last or even letting anyone know I even bought the stuff.  It’s weird maybe, but I wanted to sort of keep it to myself a little.  Isn’t that weird?  Anyhow, I plowed through that wheel all by myself.  It was the first I had in a long time and was just sort of cool.  I think I will buy another wheel of gouda cheese though, and this time, I may just share small slivers with the kids.  We may try to make it last and talk about how special gouda cheese is.  I think my kids need to develop a “taste memory”.  I don’t know if they will ever have the love affair with gouda that I do, but I can try!  After all, not too many other foods can describe themselves…it’sa gouda!

Anyone else have a “taste memory” for something from when you were a kid?

6 thoughts on “It’s gouda stuff!

  1. I do remember cheese with the red wax at my house but I don’t know what kind it was. I’ve always assumed it was some kind of longhorn cheese since that is what I remember dad liking from my childhood.

  2. How about cotton candy? I’m sure we didn’t have that very often. Mmmmm, talk about food of the gods!
    It would probably be gross now though.

  3. My dad and I shared a special dessert. Angel Food cake with butter on it. We ate it just like a slice of bread. We always had strawberries and angel food cake for my birthday. I had my cake with butter and my strawberries in a bowl. Best memories. I think I’ll go bake an angel food cake.

  4. I’d never had gouda until a few weeks ago, when they were giving away samples at the grocery store. You’re right – it is gouda stuff!

  5. Yes-I love taste memories. I’m going to be posting about one of mine soon-chocolate gravy : )

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