I opened a bottle of Chateau Clerc Milon 2004 on Tuesday, to accompany the rib-eye steak we had for dinner. Now back in 2007, we made a trip to Bordeaux for our summer holiday. We drove to Dover, took the ferry bound for Calais, drove to Paris and spent a night there, before driving down to Bordeaux where we spent a further 3 nights.
During this trip, we bought a few bottles of wine to store for a later date. This wine was bought during that trip on 26th August 2007 for £17.79 and I had kept it in my wine fridge until now, waiting for the right opportunity to open and share with my wife. BTW, the current price for this wine is £58.00 on BBR (more than 3x what I had paid for it). Continue reading Wine cork
I received this kit for Christmas last year from a good friend. I have not had a chance to use this until now. But with my Ghost chilli ready for harvest, I now have a reason to use the jars from this kit. As the chilli is mainly for my wife’s consumption, I made it to her preferred recipe so will not have any need for the downloadable app which contains many new recipes. Continue reading Chilli Sauce Kit
On Tuesdays I normally take on the cooking responsibilities in my household. But I find conventional cooking very mundane, and hence have to find ways to make it more interesting i.e. the perfect opportunity to use my ‘toys’ to do the cooking for me. Continue reading Rib-eye steak with a twist
Previously I never liked drinking coffee as instant coffee just tastes awful. But over the last 2 years or so, my perception of coffee has completely changed, once I discovered the beauty of a nice cup of coffee. The smell of freshly ground coffee beans and the aroma emanating from the freshly brewed coffee, is enough to wake one up in the morning – not to mention the caffeine. Continue reading Fancy a cup of coffee?
Beef rendang is one of the spicy curry dishes from my youth that I still have fond memories of. I recall the time when I had the hottest beef rendang ever, which burnt my tongue and caused a lot of pain – I literally had to wash my tongue with running water from the tap to reduce the heat. But it was also the tastiest I had ever had – and the yard stick by which I have compared subsequent tastings.
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There are many different varieties of chilli out there. There are some chilli which are very mild, while others are extremely hot. I have some Bird’s eye chilli plants growing in my conservatory for the last 2 years. These are reasonably hot, but I wanted to grow some extremely hot chilli as well. Hence I bought the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost pepper) plant, which was at one point in time the hottest chilli in the world (in 2007). Continue reading Ghost pepper – Bhut Jolokia
Recently we had been to Yo Sushi! for lunch and really liked the tempura prawns there. Hence when I saw the tempura mix in Tesco, I decided to buy some back for my wife to cook with. Continue reading Food photography: tempura
My wife makes the nicest lasagne I have ever tasted. Every time she makes it, we would eat more than what we should. But we never get sick or tired of eating it. Particularly in winter, the cheese and meat will help to keep us going in the cold weather. Continue reading Food photography: lasagne
I bought a Cuisinart soup maker last autumn. It was a conscious decision that we made to increase our vegetable intake. Plus nice warm soup helps to keep us warm during those colder days. Continue reading Food photography: tomato and basil soup
One of the other dishes I do cook regularly is Sous vide duck breasts. To prepare the duck breasts, I tend to score the skin first which aids the fat to melt into oil – leaving nice crispy skin with minimal fat. I use honey to coat the skin prior to vacuum sealing it. Continue reading Sous vide: duck breast