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02 Jun 2017 - 11:50:18 am

Cooking With Wine, Beurre Blanc

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. If you are looking for a place to go this year, there are plenty of choices where the turkey is king, but not the only bird at table. Restaurants throughout DC are preparing dinners with a wealth of culinary offerings.

The owner, Clive Hutchens (a Kiwi), was honored in New Zealand as its 1988 Chef of the Year. From there he worked as a sous chef in London before moving to Berkeley where he founded CW Catering. It was there that Clive strove to make "the perfect New Zealander meat pie," which was a big success. To find a place to begin "serious production" of his pies, Clive found a home in the 125-year old Croll's building, and in 2004 The New Zealander was opened.

Once you know which wine you want to serve your guests, it's time to research recipes! Depending on which wine you've chosen will dictate which foods you can serve. For example, white wines go best with seafood dishes as the light wine flavours refreshingly enhance the citrusy fish flavours. Whereas red wines are a match made in heaven for hearty, lean meats. lamb in slow cooker, casseroles and roast dinners are calling out for a warming, full bodied red to wash down with.

An Indian lamb curry normally involves a spice blend with a soup like consistency. It is a wonderful concoction of chickpea flour, clarified butter (ghee), yogurt and spices. The interesting thing about curry is that it has lots of versions depending on the region where it is cooked and prepared. For instance, a curry dish cooked in Tamil will present a mixture of vegetables, dried spices and meat or fish. A Malay will prepare curry that has coconut milk and bay leaves. Curry has evolved throughout the years and special recipes have been passed on in Indian families for the next generation to enjoy.

An easy way to prepare leg of lamb is rubbing with herbs. Use a 5-7 pound leg of lamb. Combine tablespoon dried parsley flakes, a teaspoon dried mint, a half teaspoon each of onion salt and crushed dried rosemary, a quarter teaspoon or pepper and 2 cloves of slivered garlic. There's a thin layer on the outer surface of the meat to remove and trim the fat from it. Combine the herbs and rub over the meat thoroughly. Place in a roasting pan and cook at 325F oven for 2-3 hours for medium (160F on a meat thermometer, or to 170F for well done. Let the leg of lamb rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Check out Yiayia's Greek coffee if you are so inclined - each demitasse is made right in front of you so it's piping hot and tastes great. If you like coffee but want less caffeine they do sell American coffee as well as iced Greek curried lamb American coffees outside at the dessert tent.

Either way your little one lamb curry slow cooker will be receiving their Omega three fatty acids a fantastic source of protein as effectively as generating them smarter in the method!

Arpeggio off of Airport Blvd might be my most frequently visited healthy restaurant. Its dishes consist of humus, warm pita with tzatziki sauce, falafel, gyros, kebabs, and lamb shank. This will please both vegetarians and carnivores alike. The atmosphere is very awesome and immediately gives you that relaxed Mediterranean vibe. The runner up is Verts, a Turkish restaurant where everything is always fresh. Do give it a try and ask for the Berlin-inspired Kebab.
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