Archive for April, 2017

Found vestiges of my old blog …link

April 29, 2017

Rssing found old blog

 

Hello again,

Oh gosh it felt weird to read all of that. We have come far since transplanting ourselves. And, it is ok, we are fine, enjoying ourselves here in Adelaide, one day at the time.

Tomorrow, there are plans…..Swedish tax, soap making, and cooking….I am thinking of doing a version of potato skins  and..hmm….fell upon this version of a Swedish dish Cabbage and mince instead of rolls, make it layers. Hmm. Wonder if I have enough home made stock. If not, there is the odd bag of kassler chop bones saved in the freezer plus one oxtail. Plus stock veggies, it is indeed the time of the year that celery root or celeriac makes its appearance again. Wonderful in stocks n gratins. So plenty of options for tomorrow’s cooking. See you then.

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River; Stellan you rock!

April 29, 2017

Greetings,

Must say that it was a serendipitous accident, but we managed to watch the first episode of River with Stellan Skarsgard today. Wow, that was good.

Spoilers!

Seeing dead people is a concept that has been used again and again since a certain movie by Mr Night (Shyamalan), and the chilling whisper…I see dead people, will probably haunt me forever because it was so creepy, so well timed and then so unexpected. Quote by Haley Joel Osment in the movie Sixth Sense (but you knew that).

The dead people in Riverare more like manifests, and…what a quote by River:

I believe that all murderers are punished eventually, unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

A quick web search says quote comes from Henry Fielding and his book Amelia, 1751. Just blew my mind! Can’t wait to see the next episode.

In other news, it is cold, leaves are turning, grey, rainy, and a bit dismal. And if they ever decide to film more Wallander, Stellan would make a superb Wallander, sorry Kenneth!

Our Japanese gas heater has been dusted off, new gas purchased, and I have been eyeing cowl patterns on Ravelry.  Need to find my Knitting mojo!

On wine…pretty quiet except we got a very nice offer from Rich Burge since we subscribe to his newsletter, his Iberian from 2009 for approx 10 a bottle. Nice light lingering flavour Mediterranean style of wine.  It is a blend with Grenache and Monastrell, Touriga and Souzao. Highly rcommended! Not that we are lacking in any way, but it is too nice an offer to pass up. Goes with almost anything Italian, is NOT a Barossa shout large flavoursome wine, but very nice in its own right. I like Rich Burge’s wines very much, and he is one of the few remaining small independant family growers and winemakers. Let’s support them!

And if anyone ever wondered what happened to photos, a new camera has been purchased and a lot of older cameras are now with new owners. Let us say there is a backlog 😎

Birgitta’s fantastic recipes..promo!

April 20, 2017

Yohoo from overcast and cloudy Adelaide!

 

Summer is now changing ino Autumn, clouds, rain and more unpredictable weather is now happening, still warm from time to time, a bit muggy, but definitely a different flavour of weather.

So, time for more cooking and flavours. Birgittas English Paleo blog with promo is highly recommended, she regularly shares her wonderful recipes, and Amazon has a nice offer on the Kindle version of her book, another offer can be found here.

Swedish cooking with a soul for discerning taste buds!

 

We have another long weekend coming up…IF you take Monday off. Four days in a row with Anzac Day on Tuesday. Our first Anzac Day as Aussies!

No other major plans…possibly soapmaking, cooking, and just hang. Crafts have been sorely neglected for too long.

More Easter weekend winery visits!

April 18, 2017

Hello again,

 

So we went down to the Limestone Coast wineries over Easter by way of Coonalpyn and Keith. We had seen Coonalpyn featured on Landline, so it was with delight we saw on Good Friday the amount of people stopping and admiring the painitngs and sampling the baked goods and other offerings in Coonalpyn. Here is a link to what was happening earlier this year. Liege waffles is of course another reason to stop there ☀️

Stopping in Keith we were a bit disappointed to find that Henry and Rose cafe wasn’t open, neither on Good Friday nor on Easter Sunday, but hey…hopefully they will be next time.

On Easter weekend, many wineries may crack open their more ancient vi tages, and Patrick of Coonawarra was no exception. When visiting wineries for the second or nth time, we always try to go to at least a new one. Patrick fit the bill, also, cider from local apples and not at all sweet would be a great temptation! And indeed it was, made with champagne yeast, very bubbly, or should I say effervescent 😋 absolutely fab with food. Link

We tasted some great wines but it is the cider thst stood out. And the aged Risling, just wow and wow. Great! And I was by now pining for lunch and rest and a respite from wine tasting, so we sort of missed out on buying their Savignon blanc fume which angers me a bit because it was truly European in flavour with a nice twist. Exploding with glowy green flavour, a bit emerald or peridot green, not beryl green. Oh my! Of course there are other means but there is so much more fun to be had to do it on e day whilst at the geographic region where it all happens.

Well, the beauty of staying in Penola means that everything is nearby, and takes no time at all, so we hung out at Ottelia for a coffeee. Ottelia is of course another cellar door and restaurant in the heart of Coonawarra, and we are talking the village of Coonawarra, fabulous pizzas(we had none this time), and lovely wine, Chardonnay and Pinot noir, and yes, their wines are from mainly Mt Gambier. Wonderful to find in the middle of Coonawarra! Just coffee and something small to nibble on. Ottelia

Finally…lunch, late luncheon, at Hollick upstairs.

And wine tasting, Hollick makes great wine. Hollick also makes great food. Of all their good wines, their Barbera stands out, as a wine that can, despite its youth stand up to a steak, to Kangaroo, to tomato, flavourful salats, and blue cheese. Barbera

If I was to buy ONE red at Hollicks, it would be this one because versatile, good, but don’t expect a Shiraz or a Cab sav. Barber is simply, Barbera, and these guys make a really good one. Ok, we bought this one plus their Tempranillo. As vintage cellar members ,we enjoyed 20% off, so, why not.

What a wonderful day with food and wine. And it was my first kangaroo, with plenty of lemon myrtle and … sesame seeds, yellow beets, and a compote. Quandong? Yummy.

Getting back to work today was truly hard. And I am thinking Mount Benson and Robe next time, the Museum event is apparently in July where the older vintages are sampled and sold. Or…Southern Flinders. Langhorne creek in August.

Choices choices!

Easter…was good!

April 18, 2017

Belated Easter Greetings from Adelaide!

 

Well um, why bother with belated greetings you may ask, and quite rightly so. But the past weekend was spent touring wineries in Coonawarra and associated wine districts. I have in the past been quite lazy and said Coonawarra about a lot of wineries, but browsing through the latest brochure, I discovered that there are now indeed no less than SIX wine regions: Wrattonbully, Coonawarra, Padthaway, Mount Benson, Mount Gambier, and Robe. Maps and brochures

Coonawarra was our target, and we stayed in Penola Wonderful scenic town and has a lot of history.

Wineries….so depending on which way you drive when you arrive in Coonawarra, it is nearly always the first or the last winery; Kidmans. Sid was there looking after the cellar door, and as usual, lots of talk about the weather, irrigation, and the latest vintage. We quite like his Riesling, fair warning if you are a Watervale Riesling fan, this is NOT the crisp tongue curdling acidic gum cleansing Riesling, in fact it is more Mosel, flinty, whilst not being in the last sweet or flirtatious. Some 2016, and some of course, his 2014 Cabernet Savignon, for us it embodies Coonawarra.

Then, a trip to a small and lovely personal winery. Bowen Estate.

Their Chardonnay I absolutely adore, well balanced, golden, flavourful not the kind you feel you need to take a towel to your tongue after drinking 😁but the absolute find is their latest release, the 2015 Shiraz. It has the makings of a Grandiose Wine, a wine that will make people gasp and say…this was the best I have ever tasted. Yes, a 2015, and I am sure it will evolve over the years if cellared. It is fantastic now btw. No Barossa Big Red Shout that can leave you feel a bit overwhelmed, but flavourful, elegant, rich with all the trademarks you associate with Coonawarra. Oh and Bowen has a charity used book case, some beauties for 3 bucks. If you have eyes for anything but their beautiful wines. Don’t be deceived, they have four wines on offer, but a lot of wineries with triple that on offer would kill for that quality. A large box of assorted goodies came home with us, plus two books on Native Flora, I need to read up on my plants!

Reeling with happiness, we moved on. and went to diGiorgio Family winery.

Lots of fun stuff here, and I love that they put bubbles in everything, well almost everything. Their Emporio blend is as good as always, we got some of their unoaked Chardonnay to try, must say that the oaked one was pretty good and had hints of Allspice, but back home, they are often not as nice as the memory, so unoaked it was. We were planning to buy a couple of bottles of Frank white aince it is such an easy an nice one, but nah….Chardonnay it was.

Their 2013 Lucindale Shiraz also cme home for trying. Not at all your typical Coonawarra/Limestone coast Shiraz with tannins and a lot of roar (which can be dark chocolate or nicotine, or something brown and musty depending on your taste buds). So, all the things that Shiraz is not, what was it then? Well, may sound strange, but it was fantastic with fennel tasting Sopressa salami, cultured butter, and a large slab of mild South Australian Brie. Match made in heaven and I usually love my Bries to be a wee bit more French than this. Hint of cherry, bitter almonds, and smooth well balanced and not too ostentatious.  The lady at the cellar door said this is the type she loves and without the chalk, the shout and the roar. I got it 😍

 

Two more wineries…but that is for another blog post. Dinner time! Curry time, and yum.

Easter ahead and Coonawarra

April 9, 2017

It is April, and Easter is almost upon us. Work has been insane, so we went looking today online to see if there was anything left anywhere; we passed on booking the last available accomodation at Arkaroola, mainly because it is all about getting there, planning and enjoying (sigh, some other time) and it is a project on its own and not so much about food and wine,  and Robe was booked out, Mt Gambier too, the Barn (le sigh), so we snagged one of the last accomodations in Penola. This is going to be a first for us staying @Penola. So Coonawarra here we come, Easter, yay!

Divine Cafe holds some nice brekkie memories, and Penola is a nice spot. Hollick upstairs is a nice restuarant, and we shall see if there are more discoveries to be had.  As to wineries..ohh…tough one.

We just received our wine box from Tscharke wines in the Barossa, and are sampling and exploring. More to come, but I can say with the reds, it has taken on a new direction. Very much more European if I may say so. Interesting.

 

 

Kassler cutlets from Angaston and asparagus plus….

April 1, 2017

Hey,

 

 

We (Dh and I),  just love visiting the Angaston Market for ..well….anything. Today, we just loved the Kassler cutlets, smoked, and wonderful for any recipe! Just wonderful stuff. Yes, repetitive, but broccoli to chillis, to pineapple will work.

As an accompaniement, we have been lately, very involved in fermented veggies. Which honestly can be a lot of different veggies, but kohlrabi is one of those wonderful veggies that works in most parts of the world, as does any kind of cabbage, onion, and garlic&ginger, +chilipepper. Just wow.

 

How to make you own?

 

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Having that sip…wine from SA

April 1, 2017

Hey it is April and almost daylight savings time, (which is Sunday) !

 

But….there is nothing like having sips, or gulps, or even a larger schluuuuurp of the wines at home. Especially recent purchases!

 

Alphabox & Dice.

Wonderful tasting in McLaren Vale. But as with any winery, wouldn’t you be annoyed if the wine you tasted, the wine you bought and then tasted at home, were …….DIFFERENT? Vasty different? Yes, light years!

That beautiful Grenache, called Tarot. Well, we bought four bottles, and as you are a proper winery..sorry serious cellar door,  selling your merchandise, you want the tasting to align with what your customers buy from your cellar door. Spritz????

Sorry Alphabox and Dice, your Grenache called Tarot does not match the taste/tasting offered at your cellar door. Spritz. This says Wild Yeast to me….and I like Wild Yeast ……..BUT…..it is then YOUNG, InSTABLE, and….therefore inconsistent.

WTF? Not what I want in a wine that I paid AUD 30 or thereabouts. Geez!

Nice @cellardoor, inconsistent@purchase.

After this, we opened an Eldridge Malbec 2014. All that you want in a wine. Lee told me onceuponatime that this was often mistaken for a Shiraz, and I can easily see why. No spritz, just good taste. Anything you want in a good consistent full bodied wine, with High Quality, and nice Taste,  even if you are a Shiraz lover. Just do it…OK. 😍 Eldredge