Wining and Dining
Today’s class was all about WINE – sort of a weird day considering I don’t drink anymore. But it was actually still interesting and it was fun to learn about the wine pairings. We each were given six different wines – three white, two red, and a port.
And a big plate of food with all sorts of different ranges of flavor profiles – sweet (jelly beans, chocolate), salty (potato chips, manchego cheese), bitter (lemon), spicy (sriracha), creamy (goat cheese, butter), and more!
I swirled and sniffed my wines (instead of drinking them) in order to get an idea of the flavors, and then happily sat there and ate my tasting plate. :) Back in my drinking days, I drank plenty of wine, so I already know what these all taste like – I didn’t feel like I was missing an educational opportunity.
The rules about drinking wine at school are that all tastings must be done before 10am, so that you have at least 3 hours to sober up before leaving school in case anyone is feeling the effects of the wine. They also have a permit to serve the underage kids for educational purposes, which I didn’t know existed before school! So we did all our wine and food pairings at 9am – kind of funny.
We set the dining room and served our guests again. I lucked out and got a table for two today – totally easy. I’m really not nervous about it at all anymore. Today’s menu was Mediterranean food – my absolute favorite! On the menu…
Greek Salad – a classic Greek salad with kalamata olives, feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and lemon oregano vinaigrette
Hummus, Baba Ghannouj, and Pita Bread – mashed chickpeas seasoned with lemon juice, garlic and olive oil served with a roasted eggplant puree and pita bread
Spanakopita – crispy buttery phyllo dough triangles filled with spinach, feta, dill, and onion
Falafel with Cucumber Sauce – small fried chickpea patties seasoned with cumin, coriander and garlic, served with pita bread, lettuce, tomato and tzatziki
Octopus – grilled with garlic, white wine and lemon (this really freaked me out!)
Broiled Chicken Souvlaki – chicken marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, oregano and grilled
Lamb Kabobs – cubed leg of lamb, marinated in red wine, olive oil and oregano, grilled and served with a tzatziki sauce
After service I loaded up a big plate of salad, falafels, tabbouli, and baba ghannouj – sooooo fabulous. I cannot wait to MAKE all this food next term!
While I enjoyed my vegetarian delicacies, Sid chomped the head off of an octopus just to freak me out – eeeeeek!
After class I walked out to find sunny skies and 60 degree temps! SO NICE! The dogs are running around like puppies, finding the biggest sticks in the entire yard…
I took advantage of being home early and having nice weather, and just completely cleaned out BOTH cars top to bottom! I love my Shop Vac :) It will be so nice to have a clean car for tomorrow’s roooooad trip!