The news for food, 5/11/17

Following on yesterday’s food bulletins — “The Z with the ‘za”, on robot pizza trucks (here), and “Regional potato chips” (here) — today brought Facebook postings by Dan Everett and Kyle Wohlmut, taking us to: recursive pizza, a pizza place in Williamsburg (A Slice Bakes in Brooklyn), camo gouda, a cheese shop in Utrecht, cheese slicers, red and green gouda, camo ice cream, and camo cheesecake.

The images that set things off, passed on (though not originated) by Dan and Kyle, respectively:



Recursive pizza. (Recursion, or lack of it, is one of Dan Everett’s things.) Pizza topped with pizza in #1: one level of recursion. Though you could easily imagine pizza topped with mini pizzas that are themselves topped with micro pizzas, I don’t know if that second layer of recursion has been achieved.

A Slice Bakes in Brooklyn. From the Eater New York site, “Get a Slice of Vinnie’s Internet-Famous Pizza-Topped Pizza in Williamsburg Today: It’s probably even more mind-melting in person” by Devra Ferst and Marguerite Preston on 5/29/15:

Yesterday [back in 2015], the image of a pizza-topped pizza slice [called a “Mini Vinnie”] damn near broke the internet. As it turns out, the creator of this brain-melting food item was none other than beloved Williamsburg slice shop Vinnie’s. Today, with god knows how many people going in and asking for it, Vinnie’s did the best and only thing a pizzeria could do in a situation like this: give the people what they want.

Camo gouda. (Or Gouda.) The prevailing guess is that the cheese in #2 is a gouda in camouflage colors, with a reddish brown in it. Google Images is of no help with the photo in #2: it picks out the cheese slicer as the relevant thing, and offers only images of cleavers. Searches for “camo gouda” and “camouflage gouda” found nothing similar to #2, nor did “Christmas gouda” (just in case that really was supposed to be red), and “red and green gouda” found only red goudas and green goudas (see below), not goudas that were mixed red and green. And a search through the cheeses on the Kaserij Stalenhoef shop site (the presumable source of the image in #2: its name is on the cheese slicer) found only yellow goudas.

A cheese shop in Utrecht. That would be Kazerij Stalenhoef (roughly ‘the Stalenhoef Cheesery’, with Kazerij parallel to German Käserei), on Twijnstraat in Utrecht, which looks like a truly amazing place. An interior shot:


And the shop window:


Digression: the cheese shop and the bloody bouzouki. The expression cheese shop leads me, inevitably, to the Monty Python “Cheese Shop” sketch (first broadcast 11/30/72), which you can watch here. And that leads me to John Cleese’s enraged cry, “Shut that bloody bouzouki off!” from that sketch. And that leads me to the song “The Bloody Bouzouki”, by the folk-rock group Wolfstone on their album Terra Firma (2007), which you can listen to here.

Cheese slicers. Back from free association and on to the cheese slicer in #2. From Wikipedia:

A cheese slicer is used usually to cut semi-hard and hard cheeses. It produces thin, even slices. There are different styles of cheese slicers, designed for cheeses of varying hardness. A cheese slicer can be also used for slicing cold butter, zucchini, cucumber or cabbage.

Ostehøvel, a modern cheese slicer or cheese plane [as in #2], was invented by Thor Bjørklund in 1925 in Norway. Mass production of the Ostehøvel cheese slicer started during 1927 in Lillehammer, Norway. The design was based on the carpenter’s plane. This style of slicer is very common in the Nordic countries, and in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Red and green gouda. My gouda searches brought me to this image:


From the Chef’s Handyman blog on 5/6/11, “Deep Red and Garden Green”:

Tuesdays, I always visit the food market in Zurich. I was standing in front of the cheese counter. Colored cheese! I never saw this before. This cheese caught my attention. What about taste? Basiron is a Dutch cheese. The Pesto Rosso a la Roma is made from tomatoes with Italian spices and the Pesto Verde with basil and garlic.

Basiron is flavored gouda. In addition to the two flavors above: Basiron Marmelade, Basiron Mombassa. Basiron Wasabi, Basiron Hot Chilli. Basiron Olive & Tomato, Basiron Herbs.

Camo ice cream and cheescake. My searches for “camo gouda” and “camo cheese” were unsuccessful, but they did lead me to some other camo food (if there’s a lot of rainbow food, why not camo food?): ice cream and cheesecake.

On the Blue Bell Ice Cream site:


The carton


In a bowl

Camo ’n Cream: A colorful combination of three great tasting ice cream flavors in a camouflage pattern — Pistachio Almond, Milk Chocolate and cream cheese swirled together in one carton.

(Blue Bell ice cream is available mostly in southeastern and southwestern US.)

The cheesecake I found on Pinterest, with not much information, but the picture is nice:


From pizza through cheese to ice cream and cheesecake. Not a balanced diet.

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