|Vegan Version of Bon Appetit’s Potato Kale Cakes|
“The Cinsault and Grenache grapes were picked early in the morning and the whole bunches were gently pressed so as not to extract too much color. The Shiraz juice had 4 hours of skin contact before it was pressed, then the juice was blended and naturally fermented in tank. Only 15% was fermented in old French oak casks. The wine was clarified naturally with minimal filtration, then bottled. Only 300 cases of this wine and ready to drink now.”
Caballero De La Cepa Malbec, Argentina, 2010
|Caballero De La Cepa Reserva Malbec|
Here is the rating info.
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.
** We will use the same terminology for how the dish turned out and how well it paired.
Category #1 The Dish
Rating of Yum
The dish was delicious with its caramelized potatoes and wilted kale, but somewhere I went a bit wrong and they didn’t hold together. Next time I might add a bit of breadcrumb or some Mila to get it to stick together. They made a perfect light dinner with some fresh corn from the farm.
Category #2 The Wines
Caballero De La Cepa Reserva Malbec Rating of YUM and once decanted a Damn That’s Good
I was glad that Gregg gave me the recommendation to decant this wine and funnel it back into the bottle about three times. Technically I broke my decanter so I had to aerate with two glasses for each glass of wine I wanted to drink; however it was well worth it. On initial taste I noticed spice and cocoa and it had a medium body; the color a deep burgundy/purple. After “decanting” the wine really opened up-more body, smoother and a bit of fruit. I wrote “WOW!”
Secateurs Rose Rating of Damn That’s Good
Maybe I’m partial because I got a chance to meet Adi, the Winemaker of this South African wine, but this rose was DAMN good. I’m also partial to roses lately and I’ve decided it’s my new favorite. I loved the color of this one and wrote “JUICY!” as my first note and then rosy and fruity. Though you may see the pink color, this actually a dry blend of Cinsault, Shiraz and Grenache. Gregg (my friend from Broadbent Selections that is supplying the wines for each recipe), if you read this….I definitely want to order this again!
Category #3 The Pairing
Paring with Malbec Rating of YUM
With a bite of the kale cake and a sip of wine the taste of nutmeg exploded – the spicy Malbec was a great choice.
Paring with Secateurs Rose Rating of Damn That’s Good
This light and fresh wine is perfect with these vegan veggie cakes. The outside of the cakes becomes a bit caramelized and is lovely with the chilled rose. Damn that’s good. Oh wait, I already said that.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 6.2 g
Saturated Fat 1.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.5 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 127.3 mg
Potassium 224.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 9.3 g
Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
Sugars 0.5 g
Protein 1.3 g
Vitamin A 51.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 8.1 %
Vitamin C 27.0 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 3.4 %
Calcium 2.2 %
Copper 4.0 %
Folate 2.8 %
Iron 2.9 %
Magnesium 3.4 %
Manganese 8.3 %
Niacin 2.6 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.4 %
Phosphorus 3.2 %
Riboflavin 1.7 %
Selenium 0.7 %
Thiamin 3.1 %
Zinc 1.3 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.