J cooked for me today. Stir fried romaine lettuce – never tried it stir fried – (olive oil, garlic, onion, oyster sauce & fish sauce), you could sprinkle sesame, maybe add shrimp & eat with rice, too. We had it straight up. After that came a tomato salad with a labné, garlic and blue cheese dressing. How refreshing! And that rosemary-olive focaccia from Bread Republic in Hamra was just purrfect with it.
It was a “Massaya day with J” (I love how that rhymes). Started with the Rosé: a pale peach color, it’s fun, light, with a little grapefruit in the palate… you could add sparkling water & make it bubbly!
Then we moved on to red: the Chateau Massaya Silver Selection 2006 – honestly, I was pleasantly surprised considering I normally wouldn’t be caught dead with that stuff in my mouth. Berries and plum, then I could’ve sworn I got peaches and pomegranate!? or maybe it was too much wine! Full and slightly oaky, it’s a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Cabernet, and Mourvèdre. With that wine came a delicious tomato & cauliflower puréed soup with Thai yellow curry paste, basil and some créme fraiche. Spicy with a kick. Thanks J, it was an ab-fab treat.
Last night at L & A’s pad. Simplicity at its best. Started of with a rocca and fennel salad, chèvre on an apple slice topped with bacon, and a roasted bell pepper ratatouille. Main course was an oven roasted rack of lamb with rosemary. Dessert: red berry, peach, and apricot fruit salad with prosecco! Nice touch, L.
We washed that down with a couple of bottles of Chateau Belle-vue 2003, a Lebanese wine (from a small vineyard with limited production). Tannic and metallic; a smooth blend with black currant and dark berries that’s full and velvety in your mouth. Impressive! Try them www.chateaubelle-vue.com