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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Cheddar beer soup / wine disappointment

Cheddar Beer Soup
Made the Cheddar Beer Soup after seeing a full 'beer-inspired dinner' at epicurious. Not sure exactly what I thought about it. Leeks are always tasty of course. Cheddar gave it a nice bite. Cheese soup textures are always a bit difficult to pin down, I'd give this one a 4/10 for texture though. Tastes good though and good for these colder days though, so I'm happy.

Mushroom Walnut Ravioli
Made some ravioli last night too which wasn't too bad. Made a mushroom/garlic/walnut filling and actually threw a green pepper in there as well. Went real heavy on the walnuts in a bid to make them more flavorful. I may retreat to adding butter next time to see how that helps, since every mushroom filling I make always seem to lack just a little. A little je ne sais quois, if you know what I mean.

Note to self though? Save ravioli night for when there are a lot of idle hands around that want something to do.

Wine
Oh, and a wine note. Drank a 2000 Cum Laude 'super tuscan' and somehow missed the point. Definitely a disappointment at $29! Reviews of this wine here certainly make it sound lovely, but I got much less. Here's the WS:
"Bright berry, mineral and cherry aromas, with hints of currant. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a long, caressing finish. Tight now. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese and Syrah. Best after 2006." 88
- Wine Spectator - 15 October 2003

Decanted for 1:30. In the glass for another hour pefore the last sip, but still closed off for me. Maybe that still wasn't enough time. Definitely not a tannic bomb like other things I've had too early though, so I'm not sure if that was it. I suppose there were flashes of interest in there, but to be honest, if I'd tasted it in a blind flight I'd be durn surprised if I would've even noticed it. Sigh.

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All about The Clash today.
·The Sandinista Project
·Is the Clash's Sandinista! the most innovative rock album ever made?

·How do you get to belfast? Anybody know?

·Progressive Trickery

·(Read this one!) Excerpt: 'Framing 101: How to Take Back Public Discourse' from 'Don't Think Of An Elephant' by George Lakoff

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