A German wine label can be beautiful but also confusing. Among the various terms included are vintage, vineyard site, grape varietal, ripeness level of that grape, and location within Germany. The name of the producer can be hard to find, while “banners” or “secondary titles” pose as that name. To start, I’ll explain the label at hand. This is a 2005 Riesling Auslese (“Auslese” meaning "a selection" of late-ripened grape clusters) from the vineyard site Graacher Himmelreich in the Mosel region of Germany (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, found on the label, is even too vague). In the bottom right-hand corner... Read More
Italy designates over 300 production areas as “Denominazione di Origine Controllata” (DOC) – classifications that specific wines come from specific regions and follow tightly-controlled standards. Only thirty-two areas are considered “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” (DOCG), meaning even lower yields and stringent tasting evaluations. Barbaresco is one of them, and to be labeled such is to be given a name and reputation known throughout the world.
Founded in 1859, the Gaja Winery has seen four generations of ownership. In Barbaresco alone, winemaker Angelo Gaja oversees... Read More
By November of 2005, winemakers and growers in Alsace, France, were selecting individual grapes from bunches of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat, and Gewurztraminer for their “Late Harvest” wines, known as “Vendanges Tardives.” The quality was to be exceptional. A rainy April with very high temperatures through July caused the vines to grow healthily. August became “unseasonably low,” says the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace, which “preserved very satisfactory levels of acidity.” By September, the sun returned, and October’s “low rainfall, misty mornings and sunny afternoons” set the... Read More
With the nights drawing in earlier and the ice starting to appear, you need hearty warm food to keep you going.
Here is a casserole recipe that will warm and it cost less than a fiver. And its so easy to make that santa wont need any help at all from his elves.
Winter Warming Casserole
500g Casserole Beef
1 x Packet of a Casserole Vegetable Mix
5 x Medium Sized New Potatoes
1 tsp Thyme
Salt & Pepper
½ tsp Chilli Flakes
2 x Beef Stock Cubes
In a casserole pan, lightly fry the beef in a... Read More
Al’s French Diner
Other children grow up wanting to be astronauts, or major league ballplayers, or presidents of great and powerful nations. Me, I always wanted to be a short order cook, and -- lest I leave you with the impression that I lack ambition – to own my own diner.
Here’s a snapshot of Al’s Diner, circa 1958. Enter: you -- making your way to the one remaining vacant stool at the counter. You sit; spin a little; read the menu board; you study the grill, it’s surface nearly completely covered with breakfasts in the making: pancakes, French toasts, eggs every which way;... Read More
"Do not eat garlic or onions; for their smell will reveal that you are a peasant." Cervantes, Don Quixote (1614)
Peasant I am, then!
When I was in culinary school, we were taught to start nearly every savory dish with the almighty trilogy of clarified butter, garlic and shallots. We would spend countless hours peeling and mincing garlic by hand, most often with our chef's knives. I would go home reeking of garlic, hoping my husband and two small daughters, wouldn’t mind.
"No one is indifferent to garlic. People either love it or hate it, and most good cooks seem to... Read More
“What was that noise?” I demanded of my cat, Bobby, who was seated next to me. His eyes were open, pupils fully dilated and ears poised straight up. He was on alert. It was clear to me he had heard the noise. There it was again. This time Bobby and I exchanged glances as we both jumped up and started walking toward the kitchen. It didn’t take us long to realize that the sounds being emitted were coming from inside the refrigerator.
Thoughts were racing through both our minds. I guessed his were close to mine. “What in the world, did one of the other cats get trapped inside?” Bobby was... Read More
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