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Wine Village Recipes

COOKING WITH WINE

Cooking with wine can be a pleasure and an enhancement to good food and a fine meal! When wine is heated, the alcoholic content as well as sulphites evaporates, leaving only the essence imparting a subtle flavour.

Wine has three main uses in the kitchen:

  • Marinade ingredient
  • Cooking liquid
  • Adding flavour to a finished dish

The function of wine in cooking is to intensify, enhance and accent the flavour and aroma of food – not to mask the flavour of what you are cooking but rather to fortify it. As with any seasoning used in cooking, care should be taken in the amount of wine used – too little is inconsequential and too much will be overpowering. Neither extreme is desirable. A small quantity of wine will enhance the flavour of the dish.

For best results, wine should not be added to a dish just before serving. The wine should simmer with the food, or sauce, to enhance the flavour of the dish. If added late in the preparation, it could impart a harsh quality. A wine needs time to impart its flavour in your dish. Wait 10 minutes or more to taste before adding more wine.

WINE COOKING TIPS

  • Use only wines in your cooking that you would drink.
  • Never, ever use any wine that you would not drink. If you do not like the taste of a wine, you will not like the dish you choose to use it in.
  • An expensive wine is not necessary, although a cheap wine will not bring out the best characteristics of your dish.
  • A good quality wine, that you enjoy, will provide the same flavour to a dish as a premium wine.
  • Save the premium wine to serve with the meal.

WINE REDUCTION FOR PAN SAUCES

1/2 to 3/4 cup red wine = 2 tablespoons of wine reduction.
For ultimate flavour, wine should be reduced slowly over low heat. This method takes more time and effort but will achieve a superior sauce because the flavour compounds present in the wine are better preserved.

Cathy’s Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe

For the cake: Ingredients: 1 cup treacle sugar 125 g butter (real butter!) 2 cups cake flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda ½ cup cocoa powder 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla essence 1 cup sour cream or buttermilk 1 tablespoon vinegar (I love...

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Chilled Cucumber Soup

This recipe was sent to us by Dot Donnelly Ingredients 2 English Cucumbers (grated with skin on) 1 Onion finely chopped 1 Green Pepper finely chopped 2 cloves garlic crushed (optional) 500ml buttermilk 500ml chicken stock (Two cubes dissolved in 500ml boiling water,...

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Cucumber Sauce

Ingredients 1 medium lemon 1 medium orange 4 heaped tablespoons good quality redcurrant jelly 4 tablespoons port 1 heaped teaspoon mustard powder 1 heaped teaspoon ground ginger Method Thinly pare off the zest of both the lemon and the orange, using a potato peeler....

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Creamy Brie Soup

Ingredients: 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup sliced celery 4 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 cups milk 2 cups chicken broth 1 teaspoon chicken base or bouillon granules 340g Brie cheese, diced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/8...

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Merlot Strawberries with Vanilla Cream

Ingredients 230g  mascarpone cheese 1/2  cup  whipping cream 2/3  cup  sugar 1  vanilla bean, split lengthwise 2 1/2  cups  Merlot or other dry red wine 1  teaspoon  lemon juice 6  cups  sliced strawberries Method Combine mascarpone, cream, and 2 tablespoons sugar;...

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Pork Chops Braised in White Wine

Ingredients 1 tsp dried sage leaves, crumbled 1 tsp dried rosemary leaves, crushed 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped 1 tsp salt fresh ground pepper 2 center-cut loin pork chops 2 Tbs unsalted butter 1 Tsb olive oil 3/4 cup dry white wine Method In a small bowl,...

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Pink Champagne Jellies with Litchies in Fragrant Syrup

Ingredients Jellies 750ml bottle pink champagne or sparkling wine (Brut) 1 cup (215g) caster sugar 2 tbs gelatine powder 1/4 cup (60ml) hot water Litchies in fragrant syrup 1 cup (215g) caster sugar 1 cup (250ml) water 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthways 1 lime 1 tbs...

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Chicken a la Wine Village

Chicken and grapes recipe is cooked in the pan for an easy and tasty meal. Ingredients 1.5 kg chicken (we tried it with chicken breasts) 1 lemon, halved 1/3 cup butter or margarine 1/3 cup dry white wine 1 cup seedless green grapes paprika Method Wash and pat dry...

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