Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Refreshing Summer Appetizer, Fall Lamb Stew and Anytime Wine

It is still very HOT in Key West and will continue to be that way for a bit yet. I know a few of you who are up north are starting to enjoy a few of those nice cool fall days, but I am still in the heat of summer. So a nice light refreshing appetizer was on my mind. You know, one of those that has all the elements - sight appeal, color, texture and must be light in the tummy! OK, what sounds good!

So Chris, our son chef, was here the other afternoon and we decided to hit the store and he would fix dinner. Cool! It is such a treat when he cooks. Actually it is a fun day because we will go to the supermarket together and pick up all the goodies we will need to make a fabulous dinner. So I was in the mood for light fare and he was in the mood for a nice fall dish, as it was raining outside and he decided we were having a snow day!

I decided on something light with smoked salmon and he decided on lamb stew. I knew I had a white wine at home to go with the appetizer, but needed a bottle of red to go with the lamb stew.

My eyes caught the sight of a Red Bicyclette Syrah. I have had the Rose' and Chardonnay of this wine, but not the Syrah. So into the basket it went. The Red Bicyclette Syrah is a nice inexpensive red wine made with 100% Syrah grapes sourced from the Gard, Herault and Aude regions located in the south of France. It had an alcohol volume of 13%. The Syrah was a nice full bodied, soft tannin wine with lots of deep, dark, rich fruit flavors of black cherries. It paired well with the lamb stew with its smooth full taste.

We started our evening with an appetizer that anyone can whip up in a hurry, but has a nice presentation and awesome flavor!

Sliced Cucumbers With Yogurt Sauce, Dill, Capers and Smoked Salmon

Cucumber - sliced
1/2 of a small container of Greek Yogurt
Chopped Dill - about a good tablespoon and springs for the top
1-1/2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
Whole capers
Smoked Salmon thinly sliced

Make your sauce of yogurt, dill and mustard
Assemble - cucumber slice, topped with a bit of sauce, slice of salmon, a caper and a small sprig of dill. Done! So easy and very handsome!

This was followed by Chris' Lamb Stew, which I will have to try to get the recipe from as there were so many ingredients that I lost track during preparation. I know, I know, pay attention Deb.

So, all in all, I got my cool summer appetizer, Chris got his fall Lamb Stew fix and Mike enjoyed all, as he is happy to have whatever we serve him as long a he has his glass of red wine to accompany!



Nora B. said...

Beautiful and satisfying meal (for my eyes too!). The wine sounds interesting. I also like the label.

Anh said...

OMG, so stunning! I love the food you have here!

Lucy said...

Deb, glad everyone got a bit of what they craved.

Beautiful French wine - must check it out. I think we're in danger in Australia of forgetting that other countries besides ourselves and our neighbours in New Zealand make great wines. I love French wine. Thankyou for the recommendation!

Holler said...

I love that wine label! I think you have me hooked with the label thing now! I just want to try some after seeing the label! I find I am now judging new wines on whether the label is pretty or not! I am coming in for much scorn!

Belinda said...

Deb...I could quite easily make a meal of the little cucumber salmon appetizers, all on their own. But your stew looks so appetizing and colorful as well...and I love those green rimmed bowls, very pretty. :-)

winedeb said...

Hi Nora - I have always heard we eat with our eyes first!

Hey Anh - Thank you so much Anh, the food was great!

Hi Lucy - I even have a hard time pulling myself away from all of the lovely wines from your way. French wine is also a favorite of mine.

Hey Holler - I know what you mean about the labels. Although I really have not found a "bad" wine behind those fun labels - yet!

Hi Belinda - I agree! I could just eat those cute, yummy cucumbers all on there own also. Maybe a nice lunch dish!

Shayne said...

I love stew but hubby HATES it so I never get to have any and this looks yummy. It is 49F right now so stews and soups are perfect too.

Valli said...

Everything looks and sounds delicious Deb. It is that time of the year when we don't know whether we want to dig our heels in and enjoy every last drop of summer of give in to to the cooler, comforting days of autumn. The appetizer and the stew give us the best of both worlds!

winedeb said...

Hi Shayne - yep, 49 degrees, it's time for soup!

Hi Valli - actually we are all pretty easy to please. Glad to see you back and hope you and your friend had a good time!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I LOVE Red Bicyclette!!!!!
One of my favorite go to wines!

Beautiful photos!

winedeb said...

Hey Jenn, the wine has become one of my favorites also. They have such a variety and all are good!