Thursday, March 31, 2016

MENU's Easter Break

We have had a lovely Easter, spending it with friends from overseas and those who live locally, eating and drinking - mostly at home as the March weather turned very wintry so there was not much incentive to go out. We have also had some incredible wines. Our Easter meal with family was on Saturday night when a friend brought a prawn and avocado starter which we had with Magdalena Sauvignon Blanc 2009 from Gabrielskloof. Lynne prepared duck breasts with pomegranate molasses and five spice seasoning and this went so perfectly with Newton Johnson 2008 Full Stop Rock (Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre) that we demolished 2 bottles. Our recipe for today is the dessert we had, Ile Flottante, one of Lynne's favourites, often relished in France in years gone by. It is a floating island of baked meringue in a lake of creamy vanilla custard. We were incredibly lucky to have been brought a bottle of an iconic aged dessert wine by a guest, a Nederburg NLH 1983 which had silky honey layered with good crisp limes and was the perfect foil for this rather sweet pudding.

We went to an Easter lunch party on Sunday and Lynne's contribution was a large Greek Easter spinach and cheese pie, known as Spanakopita, that will be our recipe next week
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus
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