We often have discussions with friends on creating delicious and simple meals at home which can be paired with their preferred choice of wine. It is difficult for such food enthusiasts as ourselves to try to dumb down one of our biggest passions which is pairing. But does it really have to be a “dumbing down”? Have we become such elitists in our attitudes that we would negate any simplistic approach to making a good pair? After all, anyone can be surprised by an accidental match. It happens all the time when you least expect it. One minute you’re reaching for a salty or bitter snack or slider on a plate only to be so pleasantly surprised with how well it washes down with your Viognier or Gewurztraminer.
So yes, clearly there is a balance and the main keywords we can give to aid these people are fresh ingredients, whole ingredients, natural sugars, so on and so forth. But what about when the person lives a fast paced life and would like to swing by the liquor store after work, grab a bottle of their favourite vino and have dinner ready instantly. And a quality dinner at that! I know what you I thinking: “Give me a break, how lazy can you be with such high standards?” And to a degree this may be true. However, take a look at the idea of slow cooking where you can throw your fresh ingredients into the cooker in the morning, set it, and have it ready and waiting for you when you’re home.
Letting ingredients essentially marinate and simmer for hours on end can be an excellent way to get the most flavour out of them, loading them up with herbs and spices. This is also a very good idea when coming up with variations to your meals and side dishes. Expand the options on the dinner table to match your ciders and dessert wines without cluttering up your counter space while cooking in the evening. Have those dishes already on the go.
We did our research online where we were after the validation of a professional team along with the assurance of happy customers. This search for the best rated slow cookers reviews brought us to a very helpful site called the Best Slow cooker. There we found the combination of both reviews and an average customer rating of each product. We made our decision and tested out our ideal slow cooker on numerous recipes to match a wide range of wine. We made fish and seafood dishes to pair with our favourite Chardonnays and Aligoté, while pairing roasts and chickens with outstanding Gamays and Pinots. In fact, at the same website you will be able to find an excellent selection of the best Slow Cooker Cookbooks and amazing recipes for you to test out. We picked up a few as they have a great selection of ethic cuisines which are always so much fun to pair with wine. Give it a try, we think you’ll be happily surprised with the ease and quality results. Bon Appetite!…