Well, as we had spent quite a bit of money on our anniversary, we decided to stay home for Valentine, but in style, obviously...
To get to the root of the story, let's say that we went to Canberra during our summer break to visit the Post-Impressionists exhibition at the National Gallery. That, in itself would be worth a post that I might regal you with at a later date. We liked it very much, so much so that we missed out on lunch and settled for a High Tea at the Hyatt instead - life is hard some times...
We spent an inordinate amount of time at the Museum shop (we always do as we find unusual gifts, objects and books in these places) and bought two books, one relevant to this story:
It is called " The Heart of Bordeaux - The greatest wines from Graves Chateaux" and it is all about the history of 16 Chateaux, all in Pessac-Leognan appelation. Beautiful photographs, great history lesson on the up and downs of these beautiful vineyards, their buildings and their successive owners, the quality of the wines following the intensity (or lack) of their passion and dedication.
Each Chateau is then the excuse to match one of their best vintages with a recipe from a famous local chef to match.
I had spotted a bottle of Chateau Carbonieux 2005 at the Ultimo Wine Centre a few weeks ago, and, as it was featured in the book and one of my favourites, I had decided to prepare the recipe for a special occasion, and, yes you have guessed right, Valentine would be the perfect moment!
The recipe is not for the faint hearted (you first have to find what the Colombo Spice is...)
I managed to produce a close enough version of it - see photo at the top - and you can find my simplified recipe here. You will need about two hours to prepare the entire meal, but it is definitely worth the effort and you will be rewarded with the appreciated comment of your Valentine , and in my case, it was my 25th celebration, so it certainly needed that extra zest of creativity...
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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