|A clearing at the winery – beautiful.|
|My friend Gregg from Broadbent who is providing the wines.
A little yoga and wine. Tough day at the office, poor guy.
Category #1 – How well my dish turned out.
Category #2 – How well I like the wine.
Category #3 – Pairing notes – How well this wine pairs with the dish.
Bleck -This wine is pretty bad.
Ho Hum- I could drink it if I was at a football game and there was nothing else in the cooler.
Nice -Good table wine. I would keep this in the wine cooler if it was a good value.
Yum – This is good, I would pay a fair bit more and have it for a special occasion.
Damn that’s Good – Self explanatory.
** The same terminology will be used to rate the dish and how well it paired.
Category #1 – The Dish
Rating of Damn That’s Good
After my last experience with an E2 diet recipe, I knew I needed to add a little bit of fat. I added a tablespoon or two of olive oil and added and amended a few ingredients. The result was absolutely delicious. I was unsure how the Liquid Aminos would taste in a black bean soup, but I loved the saltiness with the tang of soy. The avocados and cilantro really cooled the soup down. Next time I might actually make this spicy although this time I abstained because my three year old isn’t too keen on cayenne. I added the forbidden rice because I had it on hand – it was perfect because it mirrored the hearty texture of the black beans.
Category #2 – The Wines
|PARES BALTA Ros de Pacs|
PARES BALTA Ros de Pacs –Rating of YUM. It both looks and tastes like strawberries. I LOVE the color – like cherry red lipstick. It has a very light body and would be perfectly refreshing on a hot day.
|Crasto Douro Red|
CRASTO Douro Red 2009– Rating of YUM (but possibly higher if I was a “red” girl like I used to be.) I loved the color of this one as well – a deep purple/burgundy. My first thought was a really light port and come to find out, it is made from the same varieties that are used in a Port wine, but it is fermented dry and not fortified.
Category #3 – The Pairing
Rating of Damn that’s Good for the Pares Balta highlighted the avocado and cilantro flavors and, during the meal the berry flavor intensified. It was really refreshing.
Rating of YUM for the Crasto along with the black beans made me think of coffee, chocolate and mole sauce. If you like a rich red wine, this is perfect.
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2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups cooked black beans (of using canned, be sure to rinse and drain well)
1 to 2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup canned, undrained fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp braggs liquid aminos or gluten free tamari or soy sauce
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 cups cooked forbidden rice or brown rice
1. Heat olive oil in a small pot, sauté onion about five minutes; add garlic, sauté an additional minute. Add black beans, vegetable stock, tomatoes, liquid aminos and chili powder. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes, or thickened to your taste.
2. Serve black beans over rice; top with 1/4 avocado, a dollop of diced tomatoes, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 16.0 g
Saturated Fat 2.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.7 g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 566.7 mg
Potassium 362.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 70.1 g
Dietary Fiber 23.1 g
Sugars 2.6 g
Protein 15.1 g
Vitamin A 13.7 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 7.3 %
Vitamin C 24.9 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 4.6 %
Calcium 8.4 %
Copper 2.1 %
Folate 2.6 %
Iron 20.4 %
Magnesium 2.1 %
Manganese 6.7 %
Niacin 1.2 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.7 %
Phosphorus 2.4 %
Riboflavin 1.6 %
Selenium 1.0 %
Thiamin 2.0 %
Zinc 1.1 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.