Thursday, September 24, 2009

prosciutto fest 2009

with a bottle of belleruche cotes-du-rhone m. chapoutier rose (2007) chilling in the fridge, a friend and i embarked on a shopping trip to whole foods for some "snacks". we returned with a quarter pound of prosciutto di parma, mimolette (a bright orange, french aged cheese), trailhead tomme (from mount townsend creamery), and a bar of the madagascar chocolate bar from theo.
i chopped a red pear and a plum into slices, and from thence, we tried just about every combination of the listed items. i challenge the reader to find something that cannot be improved by being wrapped in prosciutto. 
the mimolette was particularly excellent with the chocolate. 
i might have to try a couple other cheeses, but thus far, i am convinced that the mount townsend creamery can do no wrong. 
*the wine bottle mentioned is currently wicked on sale at whole foods.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

i purchased domaine de maubet, blanc sec, 2008 for the express purpose of drinking with my green tofu curry. unfortunately, i drank it before i began eating the actual curry. i'm sure that together, they would have worked well, but i can vouch for their individual qualities for certain. 
i sauteed green curry paste, added lime zest, green serrano pepper, then tofu. 
one the tofu was browned, i added coconut milk, lime juice, water, brown sugar, and fish sauce. boiled, then brought it to a simmer, added bamboo shoots and green pepper. 
with rice, more lime juice, and cilantro, i can not think of a better way to start fall then a nice hot curry!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

i like cote du rhone continued....

domaine charvain 2007
spicy, a little dry, but not excessively so. yum. purchased at pike and western, where a great many of my wines are selected. 

i ate this with penne, sauteed zucchini, tomatoes, caramelized onion...pretty simple, but pretty delicious. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

i drank the 2008 grenache from Masia De Bielsa last night, with my burrito from the taco truck.
much has already been said about the rancho bravo taco truck on 45th.
the wine was fruity, medium bodied, delicious, and decidedly affordable.
then we roasted some eggplant slices with cumin and cayenne pepper. after half an hour in the oven, garnished with garlic, pomegranate molasses, and cilantro.
the recipe as from epicurious, and i would gladly try it again, maybe with some turmeric as well?