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Weekday drinking thread, 17-20 December 2018

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#1

Monday is the best day for drinking.

Love this. Important not to have it too cool, the flavours need to open up! Good with a turkey and squash risotto. Or by itself, I don’t judge.

Who else is batting away the Monday blues?


#2

We are, but with a slightly different method: a gut-busting Chinese takeaway.

I actually can’t move. I’m stuck on the sofa until it fully digests, by which time the schools may well have broken up.


#3

I need to up my game …! When am I actually going to consume ALL the wine I purchased for Christmas. Mr. Leah isn’t due back until Saturday night … and I’m here drinking tea :tea::see_no_evil:…!
(I did go out and drink Gin last night though!) … :rofl:


#4

A relatively abstemious half bottle of the Society’s white burgundy tonight.

More interesting as it warmed up, good clean fun. Last day at work tomorrow until the 31st! :+1:t4:


#5

A quick tip: don’t choose your wine for the evening on an empty stomach. Anyway this evening had the irresistible urge to open a bottle of Cloudy Bay SB 2014, which was in the fridge and looking suspiciously like it might leak if left there much longer - a dodgy screwcap obviously! And it seemed a good way to make the evening a bit more special too.

Well, of course it’s excellent and I’m finding it difficult not to knock it all back. Making a mental comparison with a Greywacke from a couple of weeks ago, I’d say the CB has more acidity, more grapefruit/gooseberry flavour than the Greywacke but it’s not so very different. I think I slightly prefer the Greywacke, and it definitely wins on value. Really I think they’re both very good wines and would make excellent Christmas presents.


#6

@Leah. Procrastination is the thief of time!


#7

Monday is a dry day in our house, but tomorrow I’m hosting a xmas party at home for 10 of my lovely colleagues, so will more than make up for it, I’m sure! :clinking_glasses:

As none of them are particularly interested in wine, I went for simple but trusted wines from Lidl. For whites - this delicious and crispy Albarino:


And for red, a very nice every-day Portuguese:

I asked people to bring their favourite fizz, too. Have spent most of today preparing a Middle Eastern feast - not quite a traditional xmas fayre, but there will be some mulled wine and mince pies too.

And now for my beauty sleep (never works, that! :wink:)…
Night night :last_quarter_moon_with_face::sleeping:


#8

I empathise…7 cases arrive today, can’t fit them all in the cabinet (by a long chalk!) and I am drinking water…yesterday and today. I did sneak a glass of Palo Cortado yesterday though…

I think to (mis)quote Roy Wood it will need to be Christmas every day for about 2 weeks to get the decks cleared in the garage…


#9

That Albariño is a very good white, as is the Ruedo Verdejo.


#10

Why single out Monday…I’m all for Basie/ Joe Williams…Every day I have the blues, but it never prevents having a medicinal nip of some sort…This time of the year Port of some description mmn!!!


#11

Surely its the ultimate traditional xmas fairy…just 2000 years ago

Sounds fab…what are you having?


#12

Good point! :grinning: though looking at all the historical depictions, you’d think Jesus hailed from Flanders… :wink:

Anyway - having meat koftas with yogurt , roasted aubergines in Harrisa and honey sauce, a spicy chickpea salad, tabbouleh, home made hummus, Israeli baba ganush, falafels, pittas, olives, an orzo and roasted peppers salad (not quite Middle Eastern, but yum!), sweet potato wedges- as well as more ‘traditional’ cold meats and pâtés and chipotle-spiced nuts.

Hope no one is left hungry! :slight_smile:


#13

Sounds fabulous…I will be round in hour !

enjoy


#14

Some instructions, please. I love roast aubergine!


#15

It’s the easiest thing to make!

Simply dice as many aubergines as you need - I usually allow one per person, because they really shrivel in the oven. I don’t bother with the ‘salt-in-a-colander’ malarkey- in fact, don’t know anyone at home who does. So just throw the diced ones into a baking dish, drizzle with plenty of olive oil and a good pinch of rock salt and pepper and leave them to roast for about 45 minutes at 190 degrees. By then they are really soft and a little caramelised. For the last 10 minutes of cooking I add a can of chickpeas too - though I didn’t this time, as there is another chickpea salad.

Once they’re out of the oven, stick them in a big pan, and stir in the Rose Harissa - about 2 tablespoons, depending on how spicy you want it. Speaking of which- the only Harissa I ever buy is the Belazu Rose Harissa. It’s infused (if that’s the right word) with rose petals, and has a beautiful kick of spice as well as sweetness. You can get it easily at Waitrose or Sainsbury’s:

Finally, add a tablespoon of honey (or more, depending on how many aubergines you have), and sprinkle some nigella seeds. You can serve this warm, or cold - you can even pile it on a nice piece of fresh crusty bread. It’s delicious! :smiley:


Weekend drinking thread [1st -3rd Feb 2019]
#16

I just drooled! :yum:

Have you ever had a go at soujouk (سجق‎)? I’ve never tried it myself, but there’s nowhere around here where I could buy any - I think I’d have to make them from scratch!


#17

No, I haven’t, actually- and certainly never made it from scratch - but now you put it back on my radar I may well give it a go! It’s so flavoursome! :+1:

You can get a Turkish version of it (they call it Sucuk) in ASDA - though haven’t tried it, so can’t vouch for it. Funnily enough, it’s made in Germany! By Turks, no doubt. It’s a lovely multicultural world! :smiley:


#18

I’ll if our local Asda has it. I loved soujouk, whether in a wrap as street food or on the table as mezze, but haven’t had it since I left Beirut … maybe once in London, Edgware Road no doubt…!


#19


This is a rather lovely find. Description says it all.
We are having a very fiery Thai green curry that it should help with.


#20

Tuesday not normally one for alcohol, but tonight I’ve opened this:
Torresilo 2015