Wine o’clock

Must finish this bottle we started – it’d be offended if we didn’t!

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Wine & cheese – a culinary match made in foodie heaven

We all know (and if you don’t, then here’s your lesson), that a glass of red and a slice of cheese on a crunchy cracker is perfection.

So in celebration of all things dairy and grape combined, what’s your favourite wine and with what cheese?

Mine (and this is me being disciplined providing just one choice), is a slice of brie on a water cracker with a glass of Shiraz.

Sometimes cheese is the answer…

I love, love, love cheese – so what better then a few helpful sites to get your tastebuds motivated?

Here’s a few links to some great cheese-led sites and assocations:

Some UK based ones:
http://www.britishcheese.com/
http://www.thecheesesociety.co.uk/

& one from my own country:
http://www.australiancheese.org/

cheese

(Thanks to http://www.pinterest.com/daiva/recipes/ for the picture)

Keep calm and well, just keep!

I love a leftover of almost anything – food scraps, a sad carrot, a mystified packet of tortilla wraps, jar contents, etc. Almost nothing (and I mean nothing) is wasted in our house. By the end of the week, the fridge is bare and ready for another week of culinary discovery.

I have continued to strive for such pleasures in the freezing of almost anything that will fit into an ice cube tray.

So red wine, rosemary and beef stock cubes become a handy compliment to a dish, be it beef mince-based or gravy (and a house that smells of roast and merlot is perfection in my book).

Now I have included the lush green, speckled landscape of pesto which has been carefully divided into said trays, ready for pasta and bruschetta evenings.

Before we left for our quick Australian dash a few weeks back, I had three rather sad looking bananas that I was tempted to throw but was dreaming of a better life for them.

So after some careful research and a really hungry tummy (I’m always thinking of baking mind due) I mashed the bananas equally, divided into freezer containers and they are now ready for defrosting and popping into a loaf or better still, a delectable muffin, in the future.

I have said in a previous post that we bought a shelved freezer a few years ago as we live in a flat and space is of the essence. We spent a bit on it (under £200) but it has saved us so much money in not wasting food.

Waste not, want not is a mantra I just don’t think people adhere to as much as they could. This is certainly my homefoodphilosophy.

So before binning the entire contents of your fridge (and if you’re not confident in what you could do with your leftovers), research, ask a friend or better still, use that creative mind to build a concoction of food combinations and you never know where it may take you!

Bon appetite!

The addictive world of Pinterest

I have been reacquainting myself with Pinterest these last few days (might have something to do with being made redundant and having ‘me’ time which is not a bad thing and something I’ve had to accept as being okay).

Here’s the link to my boards and pins (some food related) http://pinterest.com/raravintage/boards/
• Market Food
• Cake and Bake
• Chocolate Heaven
• Wine o’clock

If you’re on Pinterest too, I’d love you to follow or get in touch so I can be inspired by your boards too.

I really do love this side of social creativity.

Nic.