This is a cheese called haloumi. Originating from Cypress, in olden times it was made by a husband before the birth of a child. When the child was born the center was cut from the wheel of cheese and the baby passed through the middle on the day of christening. We didn’t pass any babies through ours because we didn’t have one ready to go at the time. We cut it into chunks. It can be stored in salt water brine for 2 months and eaten anytime during that 60 days. The brine keeps mold and bacteria from growing on the cheese.

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