Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Uncomplicated Pairing

Complementary
Recently, a friendly wine retailer suggested that I try a simple pairing of shiraz with our local Bee Cheng Hiang's barbecued bacon slices sandwiched in a baguette loaf (buttered or otherwise). Unlike the normal "bak kwa" which has been trimmed of fat, these barbecued strips of sweet-marinated dried bacon with their smoky flavors looked incredibly sinful with their very visible fatty layer but are so very tasty.

The MadFish Shiraz 2003 from Margaret River, Western Australia, with its attractive aromatic bouquet of ripe fruit, intense dark cherry and plum flavors with spicy and peppery undertones, and soft tannins, is easy lovely drinking and to my pleasant surprise, complements quite well with the smoky meaty sweet-tasting bacon 'bak-kwa'.


And for me, this is the best way to drink wine - open up a bottle, slap something quick and easy together, sit back and just enjoy the company of those at the table and the simple pleasures that life presents - uncomplicated and fuss-free.

Late Night Snack

Checking out the MadFish's website, I found this interesting take on its name:
"The MadFish story begins in the far southern reaches of Western Australia where 15 kilometres from the quiet coastal town of Denmark is the picturesque MadFish Bay. According to local folklore, the bay’s tranquillity is broken when two tides meet, resulting in schools of small fish going mad…. Jumping about to avoid being gobbled up by hungry, larger fish."

And if you're wondering about the wine label design, featuring a turtle:
"The traditional aboriginal water turtle design on the label is a symbol of perserverance and tolerance - no doubt characteristics displayed by the [mad jumping] fish in MadFish Bay."

Next time I find myself in the middle of chaos, I shall try to bring to mind this image and pysche myself to be a tolerant perservering calm turtle in a sea of mad jumping fish!

5 Comments:

Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

turtle - escape from me Cath or i will........

4/06/2006 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous slurp! said...

foodcrazee is dangerously insane, do not put your turtle (or any edible) pets near him hahahaha ...
well, i totally agree. being simple is simply life at its best! :)

4/06/2006 11:02:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

oh no, foodcrazee, you've struck terror in the heart of the poor turtle, it will never come out from its shell ever !! (heeheee)

dear slurp! your above advice thoroughly noted :-)

4/07/2006 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger Audrey Cooks said...

Hmmm very classy BBQ bacon slices .. Bee Cheng Hiang shop should pay u for upgrading their food. I shall try this when my wine drinking bro-in law comes the next time. Thanks for a good idea.

4/07/2006 08:52:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

hi audrey, you're very welcome...do try and let me know if you like the pairing :)

4/09/2006 01:10:00 AM  

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