I was catching up with a friend of mine last night.
Both of us being caught up at work, we haven’t had the chance to get together for a while. Knowing that she likes Red Wine, I thought South African Cabernet Sauvignon, will be a very good accent to the evening. This wine delights you with its complexity.
At first I had no idea what to cook for dinner. I wanted something to pair well with such good wine. I knew the flavour was meaty, I liked the idea of a hint of rosemary with the aromas of the caramelised crust on steak. I had made brown sauce the other day, and thought a demi glace sauce over that will be wonderful. But the experience would not be complete without a creamy, starchy side. Of course I thought of all kinds of potato sides, but it was not exciting enough! It was the expected classic side. I thought that a sweet potato gratin or a roasted pumpkin will be good sides. The gratin clicked big time, and to stay on the note of exciting and different I remembered reading somewhere about a celery root gratin, so decided to go for Celery Root! Yummy, that was it! A perfectly rounded flavour accented with the notes of Cab. Sav.!
These are just some of life’s good things, you know. Good people, good friends, good flavours and good times… What more do we need, really? These days, we get so caught up with work, with the stresses of everyday life, and stop enjoying the little things that make all the difference.
We sat on the balcony for hours… talking, eating, drinking and catching up… Simple joys!