Sunday, May 6, 2012

Spring Salad

The weather is finally getting warmer, and we're starting to experience two consecutive days without rain!

This transition to the warmer months calls for some fresh salads.

Exhibit 1:

Fresh Spinach, Sprouts, Tomato and Tofu

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Sugar Free Vegan Fudge

I finally gave in and bought some Organic Coconut Oil... it's been exploding in the blog world right now.
Used it to experiment with making a teeny test batch of some vegan fudge.

This is what I used:

1/2 t vanilla
10 drops liquid stevia
20 grams coconut oil
2 T dark unsweetened cocoa powder

... mix all ingredients and freeze.

To be continued when I take the fudge out of the freezer.
I licked the spoon after mixing and it tasted like extremely dark/rich chocolate sludge. I couldn't taste the stevia but I was hesitant to add more because I was worried that it would get overly sweet and have a weird aftertaste. Maybe it will be good after it freezes. We shall see!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

New blog!

I'm keeping this blog for recipes and future travels, but for posting quick pictures/ideas/quotes, I've started a new tumblr:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Wine Notes: Cuvaison 2007 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

Cuvaison is a Napa Valley winery that uses certified sustainable growing and production practices. They have land in Carneros (where they grow Pinot Noir and Syrah) and also a vineyard on Mount Veeder, an AVA on thin volcanic soil that produces noteworthy Cab Sauvs.

I recently tried the Cuvaison 2007 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

First impression: Soft, subtle, fruity, jammy

1) Color: Inky dark burgundy
2) Nose/Aroma: Black cherry, black currant, strawberry
3) Mouthfeel/Taste: Flavors of subtle oak and warm blackberry. The finish was subtly floral and thus a bit unexpected - it was almost too refined and nuanced. I thought the initial flavors and aromas would have been better balanced by a more assertive finish.
4) Score: 91. This wine was very smooth and refined with excellent, crisp fruit-forward flavors. It had an outstanding balance and structure, although the tannins could have been more developed and bold. I would recommend storing this wine for a few more years before drinking.


Here's the scale that I'm basing my score on:

Wine Spectator’s 100-Point Scale:
95-100 — Classic; a great wine
90-94 — Outstanding; superior character and style
80-89 — Good to very good; wine with special qualities
70-79 — Average; drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
60-69 — Below average; drinkable but not recommended
50-59 — Poor; undrinkable, not recommended