It's that time of year again when we're all busy making last minute preparations for Christmas! For those of you baking your own Christmas Cakes here's a delicious gold medal winning recipe from the Diva Chef Simone Walker Barrett for you to try!
We all love Pasta! Fettucine, Linguine, Ravioli…
Some say pasta was invented by the Chinese and brought to Italy by Marco Polo. However, the rest of us say it is ‘Italy’s gift to the world’.
A staple in almost every home, pasta is served at least twice a week in a variety of ways. From spicy meat sauce or stuffed with seafood, to stirring up a treat with tasty veggies; this simple, yet satisfying food is perfect for lunch or dinner!
What I love about pasta is the variety of taste, colour and texture. Some are long and skinny, others are short and thick (we are still talking about Pasta here). But the best thing is that it is so quick and easy to prepare.
· Here are a few tips to get you started:
Note…perfect pasta should have a firm chewy texture. Try adding a nice cheese like a zesty cheddar or mozzarella to make it even more delectable and finish it with a glass of Chardonnay
Entertaining a few friends tonight? Steak is always a great choice for making a great impression. But which cut is the best cut? How many of us really know the difference between a sirloin cut and a rib eye? Honestly speaking, for years I didn’t know which cut was what. I figured the more expensive the steak, the better is must taste! Ah…what a difference a little knowledge can make.
Well my friends, I am here to tell you that, yes, there are different types of cuts that are best used for grilling or braising. Some say the rib roast is the tastiest of all the steaks - tender and succulent. Others swear by the sirloin. But I have to tell you that the tenderloin (as the name suggests) is the most tender section and unfortunately, the most expensive.
If you can afford to indulge, you must treat yourself to a T-Bone or Porterhouse selection. However, regardless of the steak you choose, the most important thing is to get the most out of your steak when it comes to flavor & tenderness.
After all that, the only other thing needed is a good wine to accompany all that flavour. You know the old saying “red wine with red meat, white wine with white meat”. Not anymore! Times have changed. In fact, your steak can be paired with whatever suits your taste buds.
A full-bodied Red is traditionally a favourite as it helps to get the best out of your steak without interfering with the flavour. A nice dry White will be just as pleasing to your palate as it can really make the rich taste of a sizzling steak sing. And if you prefer a Rosé, that’s ok too.
Enjoy your steak anyway you please. All you need is some good seasoning, a big appetite and a passion for colours; red, white or rosé!
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