Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Our slow-cooking king, Pete, asked to be head chef this month, which worked well as the tiny kitchen is only built for one. He used two organic chickens sectioned by our local butcher and herbs picked fresh from Rachel’s Dad’s vegetable garden in the Blue Mountains. Pete can never be trusted to follow a recipe to a T, and true to form he freestyled it a bit.
January's chef, Pete, in a product placement moment
The De Bortoli calendar recommended teaming the Pollo in Tecia with the Sero Chardonnay Pinot Grigio. Several glasses later, we were all in very cheery agreement that this combo was well matched. With this, Drew hoofed it to the local bottle shop for replenishments.
Risking sore heads on a ‘school night’, the party dispersed around midnight as a Chardonnay eclipse enveloped the apartment. Already today in the ‘wash up’, Drew and Rachel have been fiercely debating the guest list for February (which we will announce in a week). Do we play Valentine’s Day cupids and matchmake our single friends over glasses of love potion 12.1% proof?
Saturday, January 9, 2010
On Wednesday a De Bortoli truck arrived with the wine, making the Cooking Your Calender project a reality. That same day we were contacted through the blog by radio personality Pete Dillon, inviting us to chat on his 94.9 Joy FM (Melbourne) food and beverage show. Daniel contacted Pete to lock in the time, which is today (Saturday) at 1:30pm. If you're in Melbourne at that time, make sure you tune in!
Sunday, January 3, 2010
In December 2009, the four of us went to see the Fleetwood Mac concert at the Hunter Valley. We visited several wineries and De Bortoli's cellar door was by far the stand out.
After spending big from doing our Christmas shopping at De Bortoli's, we were all given complimentary 2010 calendars. Each month of the calendar features delicious recipes written by the De Bortoli family paired with a particular wine.
While drinking the presents we bought for other people and talking about how much we loved Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, we made a pact to cook De Bortoli's calendar. Month by month we would host a dinner party featuring the dish and of course the wine.
We approached De Bortoli with our project and to see whether they'd provide the wine. They fell in love with the idea and the rest is history. As 30-somethings involved in the arts, we plan on inviting pretty hot guests.
Pete is cooking the first recipe Pollo in Tecia (Pan Cooked Chicken) on Sunday 17th January. We are inviting video artist Kate Murphy, film producer Vincent Sheehan, filmmaker Don Cameron, and designer Julia Park.