Saturday, 29 June 2013

Today we are tasting the Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc. 

I am a huge fan of Constantia wines as you will learn.

 Especially their Sauvignon blancs. It's the perfect cool climate region for a good coastal Sauvignon Blanc. This particular wine is one of two Sauvignon Blancs produced by this farm. The other being the more premium 'Husseys vlei'. 

This is a lovely herbaceous wine with lovely green notes of asparagus and fresh cut green peppers. Its the perfect partner to fish and chicken dishes. We enjoyed this bottle with a lovely prawn risotto. This bottle is from Tops and was R82.95.

Monday, 24 June 2013

YES! It is true and it CAN be done. I have tried it and its beyond amazing.
You can also add your own bits and pieces for example:
  • Bacon bits
  • baby rosa tomatoes
  • Sweet corn
  • Ham
  • Chorizo sausage
  • Parmesan cheese
  • The list of ideas is endlesssssss... use your imagination!

1/3 cup pasta (I like elbow pasta or penne)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

Combine the pasta and water in a large mug or bowl. Microwave on high for two minutes, then stir. Often the water will overflow while it heats up. It's OK if this happens.

If you don’t want it to overflow just make this in a very large microwaveable bowl. I also put a large dinner plate underneath if I am making it in a mug.

Repeat this for at least 2 to 4 more minutes, stirring at each 2-minute interval. The water should be completely absorbed and the pasta should be cooked through- if not cook it a bit longer (another 30 seconds to a minute) .

You may need to add one more teaspoon of water at this stage All microwaves are different so you will need to get a feel for how powerful yours is.

Remove from the microwave and stir in the milk and cheese. Microwave for another minute. Stir the cheese thoroughly into the pasta. I ALWAYS add extra cheese and other bits at this stage. Stir together and

INDULGE. Its delicious!