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Sushi is not everyone favourite and some people believe that it must be called bait while others can’t get enough of it.

Many people say that as a child their family’s menu consisted of two choices:  take it or leave it. Luckily as adults we have a choice and exploring your own tastes and preferences is part and parcel of discovering interesting dishes.

For the sushi lovers, here is a shortlist of some sushi variants:

Nigirizushi– The most typical is sticky rice flavoured with vinegar and topped with raw, or fresh, fish (sashimi). The rice is formed by hand in a clump and the fish or grilled egg is placed on top. Sometimes the fish or egg is secured by a strip of seaweed. Complimented by wasabi, also known as Japanese horseradish, most restaurants serve nigirizushi in pairs.

Makizushi – Rice wrapped in seaweed (nori) with vegetables or seafood make this a favourite.

Temakizushi – Literally this translates as sushi for your hand. Vegetables and fish are placed in a pocket of seaweed.

Inarizushi – Easy to eat, this rice flavoured with sweet rice wine is inserted in a pouch made of tofu.

Chirashizushi – This seasoned rice is served in a bowl with mushrooms, carrots, other vegetables, and strips of seaweed.

Source: recipes.lovetoknow.com

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Forget punishing gym regimes and endless salads. The key to keeping trim could be cracking open the red wines.

Women who enjoy a glass or two of wine a day put on less weight than those who stick to mineral water or soft drinks, research shows – with red wine particularly forgiving.

The finding, from a long-term study of almost 20,000 women, suggests that the body processes the calories in alcohol differently to those in food.

And that puts it at odds with the general assumption among dieters that alcohol is fattening.

The conclusion could explain why French and Italian women seem to avoid piling on the pounds despite routinely drinking wine with meals.

For the latest study, 19,200 American women aged 39 and over were asked about their drinking habits. Their weight- gain was then recorded for the next 13 years.

Perhaps not surprisingly, all of the women tended to gain weight.

However, the four in ten who said they were teetotal gained the most inches, the Archives of Internal Medicine reports.

The fewest inches were gained by those who drank ‘moderate’ amounts – perhaps a glass or two of wine a day.

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A wine tasting party can be a classy gathering between friends or co-workers. Here’s how to host a wine tasting event:

1. Choose the wines. A wine tasting can involve many different wines, or be centered around a theme. You could serve wines from a particular region or country, or focus on white or red wines. Another theme choice is several different wines from the same winery. Choose the highest quality wines you can afford to make your evening a success. You can also compare several wines at widely varying price points to see if you can tell the difference. Plan to serve around 4 to 6 different bottles of wine, and make sure that you have enough of each for all of your guests. One bottle is enough for about 12 people during a wine tasting.
2. Serve appropriate food. A classy evening with wine calls for hors d’oeuvres like cheese and crackers, and small chocolates for dessert. Alternatively, you can hold the wine tasting following a full dinner. Do your research to ensure that you are pairing the chosen wines with an appropriate food selection. Plain bread and water should be served between wines to cleanse the palate.
3. Design a tasting card. The cards you provide for each guest should specify the type of wine, the vineyard, the year, and a short description of the wine, with space for each guest to record their thoughts. To keep it a bit more casual, you could simply provide guests with paper and pens to write their notes. Decide ahead of time whether you want to do a “blind tasting” or provide information about each wine before it is served.
4. Set the ambience. Use low lighting or candlelight, play soft music, and try to minimize distractions such as small children or television. Decorations can range from a white table cloth and flowers to a Tuscan theme with vintage bottles scattered around the room. Try to minimize scents in the room, which interfere with your ability to taste the subtle nuances of wine.
5. Serve the wines. Serve each wine one at a time, so that you are sure to notice the subtle differences between each wine. Typically, you should work your way from dry to sweet with white wines, and light to full-bodied with red wines. Serve 50 -60ml of wine per person for each bottle you have selected. White wine should be served between 10 and 12 °C, and reds between 15 and 18 °C. A wine tasting event is a great way to get together with fellow wine enthusiasts or those who don’t know much about comparing different wines. The atmosphere offers opportunity for sharing opinions, shaping your perception of each wine.

Source: howtodothings

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Here is some great pics of  this weekend’s Wellington Harvest Festival

  

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Thanks to everyone who joined us for this great event!

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A great show at this year’s Wellington Harvest Festival

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Join us this weekend for a glass of wine at one of these fun filled events at this year’s Wellington Harvest Festival.

Hope to see you there!  

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It seems that the song Red, Red Wine has been around for forever. It is the song that made their fortunes, but chart veterans UB40 have revealed they are sick of Red, Red Wine.

The reggae act admit they are “bored to tears” of the track which became their first chart-topper in 1983, and they can’t stand rehearsing it.

Guitar Robin Campbell,  said they cannot bring themselves to practise the song. However, he said the band continue to play it because they know the fans still love it.

Source: Press Association

Here is music video of this legendary song

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