Feature

Parmesan Cheese Pencils: Sharpen Your Way into Better Salads

Instead of grating your Parmigiano-Reggiano, try sharpening them. 

German advertising agency Kolle Rebbe rolled out these parmesan cheese pencils for food coop The Deli Garage, which sells hand-made artisanal delicatessen food in ingenious and artful packaging. Available in three different flavors (truffle, pesto, and chili, all found where the graphite ought to be in a normal pencil), Kolle Rebbe molds the king of cheese into oversized cylindrical pencils that can easily be sharpened as you would the wooden kind.

This clever packaging reinvents the parmesan from a nondescript block you might easily pass over in the supermarket to a delightful, hands-on experience. It includes the calorie count relative to the length of the pencil used, as well as recommendations on how much to use for certain recipes. Produced in a limited batch of 500 sets, these quirky parmesan cheese pencils unfortunately ran out in as little as two weeks.

Parmesan cheese pencils from The Deli Garage.
A scale on the back shows the calorie content per portion.
Shave the pencils as you would a normal pencil.
Cooking

Southeast Asian Kitchen: Dhal

Southeast Asian Kitchen is a Tablecrafter series on cooking dishes inspired by the different regional cuisines in Southeast Asia.


The eponymous Indian lentil stew combines the richness of coconut milk and robust spices used in the region. Usually paired with the roti canai or steamed rice, its complexity shines through in every meal. Everyday ingredients coupled with intense aromatic spices combine to make the flavorful vegetarian fare. Don't let its lack of conventional protein sources let you think that this dish lacks substance. These lentils contain a respectable amount of protein for everyday fare.

Dhal

Yield: 3 cups, estimated
Time: 50 minutes (10 min prep / 40 min cooking)
 


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup red lentils, picked through
  • 1 white onion, minced
  • 3 small tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder, optional
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1½ cups water or vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Procedure:

  1. Sauté the onions over medium heat with the vegetable oil until translucent, about four minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one minute more.
  2. Add the tomatoes and spices. Stir for three minutes.
  3. Pour in the coconut milk and water. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer. Cook until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Add more liquid if necessary. Serve with roti canai or white rice.

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