Archive for June, 2011

Peri-Peri Chicken Livers can be a perfect starter , but some may not be over the moon by this starter as it is an acquired taste.


1 large onion — chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or peri-peri powder
250 grams chicken livers, cleaned and halved
1 tablespoon brandy
salt and pepper

Instructions on how to make it

Saute the onion in the oil. Add the cayenne pepper or peri-peri.
Add the chicken livers and stir-fry over high heat until just cooked. Season with salt and pepper. Add the brandy to deglaze the pan.

Slice soft fresh rolls in half and open butterfly-style. Butter lightly and spoon the liver onto the rolls.
Serve with a fresh green salad dressed with a tangy garlic dressing.

Recommended wine: The Douglas Green Sunkissed Rosé will pair well with this hot starter.

Source: beachhousewines.com


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Adding a dash of wine can transform a good dish into a superior culinary experience.

Cooks throughout history have discovered that wine adds a little magic when added to a recipe. Wine improves marinades, dressings, sauces, casseroles, desserts and bakes.

The complex combination of flavours of wine provide body and depth to dishes as well tenderising and adding moisture. Its acidity softens the tissues of tougher cuts of meat, its sweetness marries well with herbs and spices.

Traditional matches of wine and food can often be disregarded in cooking. For example red wine is not normally an accompaniment for fish or egg dishes. However, several traditional French dishes use eggs and fish and red wine to perfection. For example, poaching salmon in pinot noir helps counteract the richness of the fish.

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Want to know the secret to longevity? Just rev up your diet with fresh fruits, green tea, fish and red wine.


Dr. Seema Puri says dietary adjustments may not only influence present health but may determine whether or not an individual will develop diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes much later in life.


She recommends a high intake of vegetables (particularly wild plants), fruits, nuts and cereals mostly in the form of sourdough bread rather than pasta, more olives and olive oil, less milk more cheese, more fish and less meat.

Consumption of specific foods like whole grains, vegetables and fruits, fish, green tea, red wine, soy, nuts and seeds, garlic and turmeric may also have a beneficial effect on health.

“Scientific evidence increasingly supports the view that alterations in the diet have strong effects both positive and negative on health throughout life,” she says.

Constituents like fibre and several phytochemicals in these foods bestow antioxid

ant, antimutagenic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and immuno-enhancing properties – all contribute to lowered disease risk and hence increased longevity, experts say.

High fruit and vegetable consumption has been consistently associated with protection against muscular degeneration, visual loss, cataracts, respiratory disease, and breast, stomach and colorectal cancer.

The Japanese have the world’s longest life expectancy, which has been attributed in part to their increased intake of fruit and fat and reduced intake of salty traditional dishes.

With the number of old in the world increasing due to better living conditions, scientists are renewing their research into what is essential for a long life.

Nutrition is coming to the fore as a major modifiable determinant of chronic disease and age-related decline.

The process of determining the lifeline of an individual in fact begins right after birth with breast milk being touted as the best and complete food which provides an early immunity to the body.

Source: hindu.com

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Douglas Green knew his wine. Besides having been to South Africa’s famous wine school, Elsenburg and being a qualified as a winemaker and viticulturist, his fine palate and talent for tasting was well known.

He began his business with the purchase of the Forrer brother’s Stukvat liquor business in Paarl’s main road in 1938, and he is recognised as South Africa’s first true ‘negotiant’ wine merchant. It was risky and unconventional in his day, but he successfully ignored regionalism in favour of quality and price sourcing grapes and wine from across the Cape to blend his top quality range of wines.

By 1942, his label was famed for its superiority and consistency year after year. His progressive approach established Douglas Green wines at the forefront of fantastic, affordable lifestyle wines in South Africa.

Today, Douglas Green wines capture the character and the vibrancy of the Cape. For almost 70 years people from around the world have come to appreciate that beneath every cork lies a true taste of Africa in all its diversity.

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A quote from the Weekend Argus : “No-nonsense and unwooded, the Douglas Green Vineyard Creations Chenin 2010 (R35) was rated Best Value winner in Wine magazine’s current Chenin Blanc Challenge. Unfettered fruit – melon, passion fruit and apricot – combine companionably in a crisp refreshing wine.”

Read article – IOL


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Quote to take us to the weekend :” Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer” – William S Burroughs

So sit back, feet up , relax, and maybe you will get the answers to most of your questions.

Enjoy the weekend. Cheers!

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There are a number of studies that discuss the health effects of red wine on women.

According to an US doctor , the properties found within red wine when drunk in moderation have been shown to reduce heart disease and decrease the inflammation found within arthritis in women. And depending on the amount of wine consumption and the type of cancer, the drinking of red wine can decrease the rate of cancer.

In a recent study conducted by University of Missouri-Columbia, it was established that red wine contains compounds that help ward off pathogens known to cause food-borne illness. With wine’s combination of ethanol, low pH, and phytochemicals—such as resveratrol, which is also known for its antioxidant properties—strings of E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella can’t endure the chemical cocktail.

Source: winemag.com

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