If you are looking for a bit of spice in your life to warm you up and to keep things interesting, you are going to love this spicy Goan fish curry.
Pairs with lockdowns lifting and friends, and lots of delicious wine (in moderation of course.)
What you’ll need:
2 1/2 tbsp chilli powder
1 tbsp coriander
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp fenugreek powder
3/8 tsp ground cloves
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated
2 tbsp tamarind puree
1/2 red onion, chopped
6 tbsp water (plus more, as needed)
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
1/2 red onion, cut in half again (like a quartered orange) and thinly sliced
1 tbsp tomato paste
2/3 cup canned tomato pulp
2/3 cup water
400ml coconut milk, full fat
1 1/4 tsp salt, cooking/kosher (or 3/4 tsp fine table salt)
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp chilli powder
2 long green chillies, cut into half lengthwise and deseeded
1 tomato, cut into 8 wedges then into 2.5cm chunks
600g firm-fleshed white fish, cut into 3cm cubes
1/4 cup fresh coriander
Finely sliced green chillies, optional
Place Curry Paste ingredients in a tall jug then blitz on high for 5 to 10 seconds until the onion is pureed. Add more water if needed to make it puree.
Sizzle black mustard seeds: Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add black mustard seeds and let them sizzle for 30 seconds.
Sauté onion: Add red onion and cook for 3 minutes until edges start to tinge with gold.
Cook-off curry paste: Add curry paste and cook for 3 minutes - to evaporate water, make spices bloom and cook garlic & ginger.
Cook-off tomato: Turn heat up to medium-high. Add tomato paste and tomato pulp, cook for 2 minutes.
Coconut milk: Add water, coconut milk, sugar, salt and chilli powder if using. Stir, then bring to simmer, low heat so it's bubbling gently.
Simmer 2 minutes, add tomato & green chilli: Simmer for 2 minutes, add tomato and green chilli.
Simmer 3 minutes: Simmer for another 3 minutes, stirring every now and then - the sauce should be thickened (not watery), it gets looser again when fish is added.
Add fish: Add fish, stir, cook for 3 to 4 minutes until fish easily flakes.
Garnish & serve: Remove from stove and transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with coriander and fresh green chillies if desired.
Serve with basmati rice!
The world is wacky right now, that's for sure. We are all exhausted with how things have played out in the last 18months.
Checking in on your mates is always important, but now more than ever, it's essential to do so.
Here are some things to put a smile on your friend's face through tough times.
Send them a care package
Send your friends a beautiful care package out of the blue to let them know that you are thinking of them.
It could be a bunch of flowers, a bottle of wine, a care package or just a little something you've handmade like a knitted scarf.
Crack a dad joke or terrible pun
Nothing lightens the load like some fun banter or a belly laugh. So, pull out all those daggy Dad jokes that you usually reserve for Christmas and try and put a smile on one of your friend’s faces.
Give a genuine compliment
If you see something in someone else that you admire, let them know. It could be telling them you like their style, smile or something that they are good at!
The world needs to amplify the good in people more than the bad, this is a great place to start.
Reach out to someone you miss
We all get busy, and time flies by; before you even know it, you might not have caught up with someone in your life who you love dearly for a long time.
Pick up the phone, drop them a text to tell them you are thinking of them and that you miss them.
Many things can be fixed over a meal with a good mate. Schedule a catch-up even though you might not be able to see each other physically right now.
Get it locked in and stick to your plans. Nothing beats a face to face catch up one on one with someone you love.
Write and send a handwritten letter or note
Handwritten notes might be out of fashion, but it's always lovely to receive something in the mail.
Put pen to paper and send your best friend a note
If your friends are going through a hard time, try and support them by just listening to them.
Sometimes the simple act of being there for someone to let them vent is the most important gift you can give to a friend.
Our 2021 new release, The Kid Riesling, might be sporting a new bottle this year, but you will find the same delightfully drinkable wine inside.
With a lovely citrus taste, this 2021 Riesling pairs perfectly with a gorgeous Kingfish Ceviche.
To be served with the best of friends and laughter.
What you’ll need:
600g sashimi-grade kingfish
3 blood oranges
2 baby fennel or 1 large fennel, fibrous outer layer removed and washed
100g black olives, pitted
160ml olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Cracked black pepper
Segment the blood oranges and set them aside, then with your hand, squeeze the juice from the segmented core and reserve.
In a small saucepan, reduce 80ml of the blood orange by half, transfer it into a bowl with 1 small pinch of sea salt, lemon juice, verjus and olive oil. Emulsify together using a whisk, set aside.
Remove the skin from the Kingfish, cut out the bloodline lengthways, releasing both the loin and belly fillets. Slice each fillet thinly and spread over the surface of a flat plate.
Shave the fennel thinly using a mandolin and leave it in iced water (to stop oxidization).
Cut the pitted olives into rounds.
Strain off the water from the fennel, and pat dry using an absorbent towel.
Season the Kingfish with salt & pepper, arrange both the shaved fennel, blood orange segments and black olives over the kingfish slices.
Just before serving, dress the Kingfish generously with the dressing. Best served 5 minutes after dressing.
Pinot Gris and Spicy prawn pasta, yes, please.
This gorgeous winter warmer pairs perfectly with our brand new 2021 vintage Pinot Gris.
Serve this up with some crusty garlic bread and a night on the couch.
What you’ll need:
Spaghetti or other pasta of choice
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
150 - 180 g of medium prawns/shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 anchovies, whole (or 1/2 tsp anchovy paste)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup white wine
1 tsp+ chilli flakes / red pepper flakes
1 cup of tomato passata
2 tsp finely grated parmesan
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a big pinch of salt and the pasta.
Cook for the time per the packet MINUS 1 minute. SCOOP OUT a mugful of pasta cooking water before draining pasta (or transfer it straight from the pot into the sauce if you time it right).
Heat oil in a pan over high heat. Add prawns and cook for 30 seconds until the surface changes from translucent to opaque.
Add red pepper flakes and anchovies. Stir briefly, then add wine and garlic.
Cook for 30 seconds until wine is mostly evaporated.
Add tomato passata, squeeze of lemon juice, parmesan, salt and pepper. Bring to simmer, turn the heat down to medium and cook the sauce for 1 minute, frequently stirring (don't cook for long; otherwise, will overcook prawns).
Add pasta, about 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water and parsley. Toss gently for 1 minute (or gently stir with a wooden spoon or tongs) until sauce re-thickens, and coats the pasta.
Adjust salt, pepper, and spiciness to taste. Serve immediately with more parsley.
Our new release 2021 whites are out.
And it’s time to cook some delicious eats to wash them down with. This BBQ Sardine recipe pairs perfectly with our The Kelpie Sauvignon Blanc.
The citrus in the savvy B is offset Oh so well by the oiliness of the Sardines.
What you’ll need:
8 whole sardines, gutted
2 tbsp of olive oil
For the chermoula sauce
1 large pack of coriander
1 small bunch of parsley
2 garlic cloves
1 preserved lemon, skin only
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp chilli flakes
75ml extra virgin olive oil
You will need
8 metal skewers
Blitz, all the ingredients for the chermoula sauce in a food processor (or finely chop) with a generous pinch of seasoning, then set aside. Will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
Heat the barbecue for direct cooking. Rub the oil over the sardines and season well. Thread each fish from head to tail onto a skewer, making a few slashes with a knife to each if you like.
Cook the sardines over the glowing coals for 2-3 mins on each side until cooked through and nicely charred. Drizzle over the chermoula sauce to serve.
Warming, comfort food at its best and super easy to make, when was the last time you had a delicious ham and cheese quiche?
Is it time to bring it back into fashion?
This delightful quiche will have the whole family happy and make great leftovers for the next day.
What you’ll need:
1 premade pie dough
1 1/2 cups of chopped deli ham
1/2 cups of shredded cheddar
1/2 cups of shredded Monterey jack
2 green onions, thinly sliced
¾ cups heavy cream
6 large eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 190degrees. Press dough into a 9" pie plate and crimp edges. Line crust with parchment paper and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until lightly golden and set, 15 minutes.
Remove pie weights and continue baking until the bottom crust is golden, 5 to 10 minutes more. Let cool slightly.
Scatter ham, cheeses, and green onions in the bottom of the pie crust. In a large bowl, whisk together heavy cream, eggs, salt, and pepper. Pour egg mixture over filling in pie crust.
Bake until just set in the centre, about 40 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before slicing.
We may not be able to hop on a plane and head for a Euro holiday this year, but there are many benefits to still putting in that annual leave form and getting away travelling this year to somewhere a bit more local.
And Travel can have a lot of benefits that you may not have thought of, so if you need an extra push, here are our top tips.
This one may be obvious. Any sort of vacation or breakaway is likely to dissolve most of your stress. And this can be extremely beneficial to your health. The less stressed you are, the healthier your whole body will be.
Leaving your worries behind and embarking on a completely new experience will do wonders for your health.
Keeps you active
Even if you’re not usually active at home, we can promise you that a journey in a new country will get you up and going. City walking tours, hiking gorgeous mountains or forests, and even just the act of rushing through large airports means there is activity involved in any travel itinerary.
Expands your mind
Travelling opens your mind. Immersing yourself in new cultures and discovering unique views of the world will expand your horizons and increase your curiosity. It also nurtures creativity and boosts all the happy hormones in your brain.
Connect more with people
The more you travel, the more people you get to meet. Often these encounters lead to deeper connections that you won’t usually find with people you meet in your neighbourhoods at home.
Fall in love with life
There’s nothing like spending your days encountering one new experience after another to give you a profound love for life in general. The freedom that comes with travelling, along with the inevitable excitement felt during your explorations, creates a magical feel in your soul.
Winter warmers are coming right up.
Do you love to order some steaming pork buns when you head out for some Chinese?
Well, with this recipe you can make them at home for the entire family.
Perfectly paired with our soon to be released 2021 Pinot Gris.
What you’ll need:
½ teaspoon five-spice powder
500gms pork tenderloin, trimmed
1 cup thinly sliced green onions
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 ½ teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (about 14 2/3 ounces)
3 tablespoons canola oil
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
To prepare the filling, rub five-spice powder evenly over pork. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook 18 minutes, turning pork occasionally. Remove pork from pan, and let stand 15 minutes.
Cut pork crosswise into thin slices; cut slices into thin strips. Place pork in a medium bowl. Add onions and next 7 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon salt); stir well to combine. Cover and refrigerate.
To prepare the dough, combine 1 cup warm water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, level with a knife. Add flour, oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the yeast mixture; stir until a soft dough forms.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.)
Punch dough down; let rest 5 minutes. Turn dough out onto a clean surface; knead in baking powder. Let dough rest for 5 minutes.
Divide dough into 10 equal portions, forming each into a ball. Working with one dough ball at a time (cover remaining dough balls to keep from drying), roll the ball into a 5-inch circle.
Place 1/4 cup filling in the centre of the dough circle. Bring up sides to cover filling and meet on top. Pinch and seal closed with a twist. Repeat procedure with remaining dough balls and filling.
Arrange 5 buns seam side down, 1 inch apart, in each tier of a 2-tiered bamboo steamer. Stack tiers; cover with lid.
Add water to a large skillet to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Place steamer in pan; steam 15 minutes or until puffed and set. Cool 10 minutes before serving.
Winter is here, and it means more time spent inside with our family and friends.
If you are in the mood for entertaining or just want to hibernate and live off cheese and wine for the winter months, this guide to cheese and wine pairing will be your best friend.
You can thank us later!
Sauvignon Blanc pairs perfectly with many artisanal kinds of cheese, but its favourites tend to be Cheddar, Gouda, Havarti, Monterey Jack, Muenster, Parmesan, and Swiss and other alpine-style cheeses.
With its high acidity, Riesling makes a compatible match with goat cheese. The acidity of the wine echoes with that of the cheese.
First, you need to find a cheese that can trade body blows with the Pinot Gris' bright acidity. An excellent place to start is with fresh goat's milk cheese.
Bubbles pairs perfectly with aged Swiss, is a natural partner for fizzy wines like Champagne, Prosecco and other Sparklers.
Merlot goes hand in hand with gouda, gorgonzola, brie, Jarlsberg or parmesan.
For hard cheese enthusiasts, you can never go wrong with cheddar. Robust and nutty with a pleasantly sharp finish, a fruit-forward Shiraz will complement the cheese nicely.
Wines with a long finish, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, demand cheeses with complex flavours that can stand up to that finish, and aged cheddars tend to be the best pairing for various styles of cabernet sauvignon.
Nothing quite makes you feel like snuggling up on the couch than a big warm bowl of soup.
This Tomato Risoni soup will fill you up and satisfy that carb craving that comes with the cooler weather.
Enjoy this delicious soup with a heap of croutons or crusty, toasted bread with cheese and a glass or two of Raidis Shiraz.
Enjoy the snuggles.
What you’ll need:
2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 Onion, finely diced
2 cloves Garlic, chopped
800 g Chopped tomatoes
2 cups Vegetable stock
½ cup Risoni pasta
¼ cup Fresh basil, leaves torn
Heat oil in a large saucepan, add finely diced onion and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes to soften. Add chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
Add chopped canned tomatoes, vegetable stock and risoni pasta and bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until pasta is cooked.
Stir in fresh basil leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste.