Wednesdays Wine

Happy Wednesday!!!!

Half way to the weekend!

I usually only drink red wine, but my sister got me started on this amazing white.   The price is pretty good too for a working girl like myself 😀  Great taste at a good price , at around 17 bucks , but if you watch for sales and get lucky you can grab a bottle for around 15.

This wine is great with asparagus, grilled vegetables, salads, pork, poultry, salmon, steamed clams, pan-fried scallops, mussels and, oh yeah, oysters!!!

SB

 

Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

The wine is light straw in colour with subtle green highlights. This wine displays pungent sweaty notes, lifted tropical fruit aromatics, with passionfruit and ruby grapefruit most dominant. The palate features ripe melon and stone fruit flavours, and complex minerality balanced by a tight, fresh acidity. This is a vibrant and lively wine.

 

My Beautiful Woman

Wacoal Thailand, the Thai division of the intimate apparel company Wacoal, has recently filmed and released three powerful short films collectively entitled “My Beautiful Woman.” Each of these films are based on the true stories of women who went beyond the call of parenthood, love and community without the desire for any form of outward recognition. All three of the stories are emotionally powerful in their own respect and leave both incredible inspiration and several lasting messages for the viewer to take in.

 The film below truly stood out for me as it is a reminder to not judge or assume the story or life experience of another

All three of the films are viewable on the website that Wacoal Thailand has created specifically for the campaign, which you can view by clicking HERE. The site is primarily in what I would assume to be Thai (forgive me if I am wrong) and can be difficult to navigate for a primarily english speaking viewer. The videos do however come with english subtitles and have been reposted through the Wacoal Thailand YouTube channel both individually and collectively.

In addition to being cinematically beautiful all three of these short films in my opinion do a wonderful job at delivering several very powerful messages and reminders.

Congee

 

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Congee is a classic Asian rice porridge dish that is a popular food for children, but even adults  find it addictive.

This can be a little time-consuming to make because the rice cooks for a long time before it breaks down, but it is an extremely easy dish. This recipe called for bok choy but you could add chopped spinach on top instead, or add a more substantial vegetable stir fry to the top.

Ingredients

2/3 cup jasmine rice
4 to 6 cups vegetable stock
7 thick slices fresh ginger, unpeeled
3 tbsp Shao-xing rice wine
3 or 4 bok choy, or similar Chinese greens, steamed until tender, then sliced
4 or 5 large garlic cloves, peeled, thinly sliced and gently fried in a little oil until pale golden and lightly crisp
2 or 3 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
shredded fresh ginger, steeped in rice vinegar
2 fresh, large green chilis, sliced
Light soy sauce
Toasted Sesame oil and/or chili oil

1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, mix together the rice, 4 cups stock and the ginger and bring up to a simmer. Cover and cook very gently indeed, for at least 1 hour or maybe longer, stirring from time to time; the desired consistency should be that of porridge, and with the rice and stock harmoniously married; you may need more stock to get it just right. Naturally, the rice will be overcooked almost to the point of submission. Once you are happy with it’s consistency, fish out the ginger and discard, then add the rice wine and stir in.

2. To finish the congee, ladle it into bowls, distribute the garnishes as you see fit, then trickle on a little of the soy and oils.

 

Recipe from – The Vegetarian Option

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Wednesdays Wine

Since I love wine so much I thought I’d start sharing with you some of my favorites.

 Cardinal Zin

I bought this wine primarily because of the cool label, its red and was on sale!!

This has become one of my new favorites.

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Oh look the bottle is empty?!

 

“We are zealous believers in the decadent and forbidden flavors of this sinfully delicious Zinfandel. Grown from Beastly Old Vines from stately, yet sometimes forgotten vineyards throughout California. This wine elicits fervent, fecund and frenzied tongue enveloping pleasures. A wine of substance, it’s a Cardinal Zin not to drink at the altar of this decadent, spicy zinfandel. This is a refined pleasure, with intense flavors of blackberry mingling with soft creamy touches of oak, vanilla and dry herbs. It’s full on the palate, but not heavy and the fruit is constant from the first sip to the end of the finish.”

“This is a very versatile wine that pairs well with grilled pork, pasta Bolognese, barbecued ribs or chops (pork, lamb, you choose!).”

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Some wine facts courtesy of Wikipedia,

Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits. The natural chemical balance of grapes lets them ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water, or other nutrients – healthy…yes?

Wine is a psychoactive drug, as are all alcoholic beverages, commonly used for its intoxicating effects today and throughout history. The psychoactive effects of wine are evident at the normal serving size. – I don’t believe it!

Read this bit after a glass or two of wine:

The English word “wine” comes from the Proto-Germanic *winam, an early borrowing from the Latin vinum, “wine” or “(grape) vine“, itself derived from the Proto-Indo-European stem *win-o- (cf. Hittite: wiyana; Lycian: oino; Ancient Greek: οἶνος oinos; Aeolic Greek: ϝοῖνος woinos, Armenian: gini). 

 Wine often, Laugh much

Veggie Roast

A hearty, healthy Veggie Roast – perfect for a Sunday lunch or seasonal family gathering – wonderful served with potatoes, veg and gravy.

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Ingredients
2 large red onions
2 tins chickpeas (400 grams)
1 tin lentils (400 grams)
2 teaspoons coriander
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 teaspoons cumin
¼ cup dark soy sauce
2 teaspoons dill
2 eggs
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 cup stir-fry oriental style frozen veg
½ cup milk

Method

Put the chickpeas and lentils through a food processor until they resemble sausage meat.

Rough cut the onions and mix everything together.

Put in a greased/floured baking dish.

Bake for 30 minutes on approximately 140°C/275°F/gas mark 1.

Lightly spray some rice bran oil on top.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes more until crisp and brown.

If it smells done, it is…

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