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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Hungry?

When I was six I stepped on Mickey Mouse's tail accidentally (on purpose) to increase my fancy dress chances at the local village fete, only to come second. From that day, I resigned myself to the fact that I am just not one of those competition-winning type people. Until now, that is. Since I started blogging there's been the YSL lipstick and D&G mascara from Mrs Trefusis, a lego pirate ship from Tara and most recently a recipe book from the Crumbs sisters. Last night, I read the book - Hungry? from the innocent fruit smoothies people - cover to cover. Basically, after years of feeling that I am just not trying hard enough when feeding my children (when pureeing and salt-free stock = how much you really love them), this book is a guilt-free mash up of recipes, lots of which were created by Lucy & Claire from Crumbs (they didn't tell me that, I read it at the back. I wasn't joking when I said cover to cover). In other birthday news, I got the wheelbarrow and the roasting dish, slippers too. Redressed the balance by buying this.

Current white in the fridge: Catena Chardonnay 2010, £8.54, currently 25% off, Waitrose
Waitrose is running a Wine Showcase with lots of wines selling for 25% less than their usual price until 11th October. This is one of the wines I normally make myself walk past. Yes, it is delicious but it is a) usually over a tenner and b) quite an oaky new world chardonnay. Full-bodied, rich and tropical fruit-like, I picked it up after deciding I wanted a white with warmth. Must be the turn in the weather. Made from grapes grown in Argentina's Luyan de Cuyo region and cooler-climate Tupungato region, it is aged in French oak barrels giving it that added weight and warmth I mentioned. Gorgeous with those rather excellent smoky barbecue-flavoured Red Sky crisps. 

Current red on the side: Chateau La Rose Videau 2006, £6 if bought by the case, Tesco.com
I thought Festival season was over. Not for Tesco, it seems. They're running a Wine Festival with a smorgasbord of wines on offer. This one is a cheap Bordeaux, but not as we know it. Most cheap Bordeaux leaves a bitter taste, literally. This one doesn't: it is a little redcurrant fruit-bomb but with that slight savoury aloofness, the vinous equivalent of a gallic shrug. Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this is a classic Claret blend at a very non-classic price. It loved slow-roasted lamb. Long time. 


Pip pip x

11 comments:

  1. This blog always makes me crave wine!


    bad influence

    xxxx

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  2. I think the jacket is perfect! Wine sounds pretty good too. I never know what cheap little Bordeaux to buy. Now I do. Happy Birthday btw sorry I missed it. We need a catch-up.. soon! xxx

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  3. Wear the jacket whilst pushing the wheelbarrow - work that inner rock chick!

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  4. Happy belated birthday m'dear.. and glad you bought yourself something luverly!!

    BM x

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  5. Northernmum- thank you, I aim to please. And make you drink nice wine.

    Vix - Yes, catch up soon please. Pub lunch?

    Jenny - fuck me in a good way or fuck me in a bad way? That's come out wrong, you know what I mean. Loved your 'lil vlog btw...

    Villaolivi - I intend to do exactly that. And inside, I'll work the leather jacket/slipper combo.

    BM - will wear it next time we 'Graze'.

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  6. I am loving the jacket. And the wine too, obviously - or at least I would, if could get any of it - but I guess that goes without saying.

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  7. hooting at you stepping on MM tale....you little minx xx

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  8. Yep lovely jacket. Your White wines always sound delicious even though I'm usually faithful to my true love, red wine. Happy birthday!

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  9. Nice jacket! Definitely makes up for the roasting dish. It was my birthday too! I got a pair of wellies. Need to go out and buy something totally unsuitable now! And so glad you like the recipe book - I think it's brilliant too, and not just our recipes!

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  10. Potty - thanks...out of curiosity, what exactly do you drink in Moscow?

    Spud - I am that x

    Peggy - I know you are faithful to the red but I will get you on to white eventually!

    Claire - Happy Birthday to you xxx really love the book!

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