New Zealand is a dairy country, after the British tradition of mass-produced bland cheddar cheese. I get this. I understand where it comes from. But it doesn’t have to be that way any more!
I mean, isn’t it kinda sad that when a Kiwi says ‘cheese’ they mean one single kind of cheese (presumably they’ve discounted all others as new-fangled nonsense!). And when they hear ‘cheddar’, it takes them a moment to realise that we’re talking about the big block cheese they normally buy.
My worst cheap cheese bugbear concerns pizza. Cheddar should not, as a rule, be associated with pizza.
(If an enterprising chef designs an extra-special kiwi-inspired pizza which deliberately involves good cheddar, I’ll make an exception.)
To use cheddar because it’s cheaper than mozzarella, or because it’s more widely available, or because you just don’t know any better?! You don’t deserve to be a pizzaiolo. Take off your apron.
Has anyone else experienced horrendous cheese mismatch experiences?