The Italian word for milk is latte. Many of you already know that from ordering you coffee from Italian restaurants and coffee shops.
I prefer my coffee black, but I do like milk with my breakfast cereal. And I like it in scrambled eggs, and mashed potatoes.
On doctor’s orders, to help lower my cholesterol, I only have skim milk. In fact, I’ve been buying skim milk for so many years, that I didn’t realise, until a few weeks ago, that most people in my area must be doing the same. The local Safeway shelves are stuffed with mostly skim and soy milks, with very little full cream milk.
I mention this because this morning, for the third milk carton in a row, I unscrewed the cap of a new carton, and then found it difficult to open the carton by pulling on the plastic ring. It just wouldn’t pull open. In the end I tried knives, scissors, screw drivers and pliers, and eventually got the cartons open.
Third time in a row was a bit much for me, and I thought about switching brands, but instead I decided to ring Devondale. It’s amazing. You can buy software and electronic equipment costing hundreds or thousands of dollars and it’s difficult or even impossible to get through to a human being on the support lines who can help you. But with a carton of milk costing only a few dollars I rang the firm and was connected within seconds to a lady who understood immediately why I ringing.
She explained that in the Best Before section of the milk carton there is a best before date, and on the line below on the right, the number of the machine that packaged the milk. In this case machine No. 9. She went on on to explain that machine No. 9 had developed a malfunction where it added too much glue to the opening tab in the batches with Best Before dates from Aug to Oct 2010.
Milk aside, today I made new strides in my understanding of Italian. And the word that did it for me was buongiorno. Do any of my readers know what that means? If so, please comment. I’ll then share what I learned today.