My Cook: Seared Steak with Asparagus, Mashed Potatoes, and Romesco Sauce

November 19, 2018

This meal combines the strong meaty flavor of bavette steaks with a smoky and nutty romesco sauce! Along with hanger and skirt steaks, bavette has an intense meaty flavor and is a mainstay in traditional French bistro recipes. The downside of this steak is that, unless it's cooked correctly, it can be quite tough and fibrous. Fortunately, bavette steaks are a great cut to cook sous vide because the long cook time lets you maximise the tenderness..

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A beginners guide to Chardonnay

August 1, 2018

In honor of the wonderfully warm weather, we’re going to take a look at one of the most popular white wines in the world: Chardonnay. Chardonnay grapes are among the most planted grapes in the world and, alongside the wine itself, the grapes are also commonly used in the making of Champagne.

Chardonnay grapes were first grown in Burgundy, Francethe same region that gave us the Pinot Noir grape. Considering Chardonnay’s popularity it’s not..

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A beginners guide to Cabernet Sauvignon

August 1, 2018

It may be blisteringly hot outside but that doesn’t mean that we should only be drinking chilled white wines. Regardless of the season, there’s always a good reason to dip into some tasty red such as today’s wine of choice: Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted wine grape in the world with over 720,000 acres dedicated to its production. Not bad for a wine that’s only been around for a couple hundred years. Its popularity is..

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A beginners guide to Sauvignon Blanc

August 1, 2018

Sauvignon Blanc is a dry and crisp wine that has its origins in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux regions of France. Sauvignon Blanc grapes thrive in warm but not overwhelming hot regions; as a result, a large quantity of the grape is grown in temperate regions such as South Africa, Australia, California, and France.

Flavor profile

 

Arguably the most unique thing about the taste of Sauvignon Blanc is its “green” flavors. Sauvignon Blanc wines..

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A beginners guide to Chenin Blanc wine

June 29, 2018

Maybe it’s just me, but as the days get longer and warmer I start gravitating away from reds towards crisp white wines. One of my personal favourites is the under-appreciated Chenin Blanc. While not as well-regarded as Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc is a wonderful grape in its own right and is known for its versatility. This grape can be used to make wines that cover a wide spectrum of flavors. In fact, Chenin Blanc grapes can be used to make..

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How to make a Don Pedro

June 29, 2018

Today we’re going to explore the wondrous Don Pedro. Now before you ask, no, we’re not talking about the Prince of Aragon from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Instead, we’re talking about the other Don Pedro: a quintessentially South African treat. For those not in the know, a Don Pedro is a cocktail/dessert hybrid and the perfect antidote to hot spring and summer nights.

 

Essentially a Don Pedro is a spiked milkshake. Recipes vary but..

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A beginners guide to Vermentino wine

April 2, 2018

Spring has finally sprung which means it’s time to start exploring some of the wonderful white wines on offer. One of the more underrated whites worth seeking out is light and flavorful Vermentino. Vermentino is a complex white wine that is perfect for rich fish and pork meals. Most Vermentino grapes are grown on the Italian island of Sardinia. France also produces a large amount of Vermentino grapes, while a small amount are also grown in the..

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A beginners guide to wine: Climate

April 2, 2018

When it comes to wine, the most important factor is the grapes. Grapes provide all the unique flavor and aroma notes that bring character to our favorite wines. Many factors contribute to the overall taste of grapes but one of the most crucial is the climate. Climatic conditions have a profound effect on grapes and the same grape can taste entirely different depending on whether it was grown in a warm or cool climate.

In wine production, there..

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A beginners guide to cheese: Rinds

March 31, 2018

When it comes to cheese, I’m a big advocate for using the whole cow (pun intended) and rinds are no exception. In most cases, cheese rinds are perfectly edible and one could argue in some cases, extremely enjoyable. But before you start munching on some rinds, it’s important to tell the difference between the different types, and more crucially, know which ones can be eaten and which cannot.

Non-edible rind

 

Certain cheeses are encased in..

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A beginners guide to wine: Noble grapes

March 31, 2018

When learning the ins and outs of wine appreciation, it’s always best to start at the source. In the case of wine, the source is arguably the grapes themselves. So much of the flavor, aroma, and texture of wine has its origin in the types of grapes used in its production. Chances are you’ve already the term “Noble” being used to describe certain grapes. This is a word used to describe a certain category of grapes that are known for producing..

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