Although I'm a fan of both Syrah and Shiraz, of the two, I'd rather drink Syrah. That's not the only Old World varietal I'd rather sip; on the whole, I find European wines to be more subtle on the palate than their New World counterparts. What's your preference?
Posts for September 9th 2010
Adapted from Gourmet Traveller
Raspberry-Lime Rose Syrup
1-3/4 cups sugar
250 ml (about 1 cup) dessert wine (I used a sweet Riesling)
6 ounces fresh raspberries
1-1/2 teaspoons rose water
4 ounces lime juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine sugar, wine and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan, stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves.
- Add raspberries and vanilla bring to the simmer. Cook until thick and syrupy (15-20 minutes), brushing sides of pan occasionally with a wet pastry brush if sugar crystals form.
- Remove from heat, then stir in lime juice and rose water. Strain through a fine sieve, if desired, then transfer to sterilised bottles and refrigerate until cold. The syrup will keep refrigerated for up to 2 months.
Makes about 3 cups. Serve with sorbet, ice cream, fresh fruit, or in mixed drinks.
Being a professional in the food industry, I'm often asked the same questions over and over again. What's your favorite restaurant? What was the most memorable meal you've eaten all year? When people ask me that one, I tell this story.
I'm crazy about lamb, and one of my best friends happens to live on a farm. They not only have chickens, but her boyfriend and his brother, The Fry Bros., are up-and-coming sheep ranchers. So when I invited them to spend a weekend at my parents' vacation house in the mountains, they promised to bring an organic, sustainably raised leg of lamb.
I don't know if it's because I knew the farmers, or the fact that I was dining in the company of all my favorite people with a beautiful backdrop, or it could have been the wonderful marinade recipe (which I found in Bon Appétit), but it was the most memorable meal I've eaten all year. I can't re-create the experience for you, but I can share the recipe. Seek out a locally raised piece of lamb and host your own special dinner! You'll need the recipe: here it is.
YumSugar Community member Angelica discovered the unthinkable: deep-fried Pop Tarts. Do you have an image of something delicious that you recently made or enjoyed? If so, be sure to upload it in the Savory Sights group in our YumSugar Community!From The Candyman shop in Seaside, Oregon. Cause Pop Tarts totally need to be fried.
When I learned baby carrots were kicking off a $25 million marketing marketing makeover, I couldn't help but scratch my head. Really? What could possibly make these dried-out packets of "nature's candy" plane snacks hip, ever?
But when I saw the campaign's new website and SNL short-esque commercials, they made my morning. I've decided that, even though I maintain baby carrots taste overrated, I stand corrected: they are on the cutting edge of avant-garde. Check out my favorite commercial when you read more.
While it's relatively simple to make, homemade gnocchi can be a time-consuming endeavor, so not many people make these doughy Italian dumplings from scratch. But the real deal is truly a fluffy, almost chewy delight and is amazing dressed in a marinara, pesto, or brown butter sauce. Have you made homemade gnocchi?
Do you have an incredible gnocchi recipe, perhaps passed down from an Italian grandmother? If so, be sure to post it to Kitchen Goddess community group. It may even be featured on YumSugar!
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