Wine Food Pairing in Guanaja Honduras

Wine Food Pairing in Guanaja Honduras. You might say to yourself, where is that and how do you pronounce that...for answers to those "burning" questions, you will have to visit my other blog:

My husband and I recently visited this island paradise and had lunch with our new friends Sharon and Mike Jones. They have lived on this tropical gem for over ten years and have a wonderful home located smack dab on the Caribbean Sea. The yard boasts all sorts of tropical vegetation including pineapples and bananas ..... way cool! Their home is powered by ten solar panels and water is collected in a cistern, but not to worry, Sharon does have luxuries.... washing machine and microwave to name a few!

We toured their three acres and then sat down to a lunch that Sharon had whipped up with homemade tortillas and chicken...I would call them fajitas, but Mike calls them "floppy-doo's", a terrific salad and then to top it off, a homemade key lime pie for dessert ( the limes came from their own yard!) ....truly decadent!

Of course, even in Guanaja you need to pair your food with husband and I chose a Cabernet from Chile and Sharon chose a chilled Zin from California...WOW..... totally delish!

Wine Food Pairing and Guanaja Honduras, who would have thought to combine these words?

My Wine Food Pairing adventures take me worldwide. CHEERS!

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Wine Food Pairing - Hmmmmm .... Hummus!

Wine Food Pairing ........Hmmmmm........ What about Hummus?

With all the holiday entertaining behind us, let's look forward to some new tasty treats to surprise our guests. How about Hummus?

Hummus is one of the oldest foods dating back to over 7,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. Made with chickpeas, sometimes called garbanzo beans, it is processed into a dip or spread and it is super simple to whip up and has a lot of nutrients to boot!

My very "fave" is roasted red pepper hummus. I put my chickpeas into the food processor along with a bit of good olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a dollop of tahini (toasted sesame seed paste)....then I blend until smooth. To this I add a goodly amount of roasted red peppers and a couple of cloves of crushed garlic. Give this another quick zip in the processor, but leave it so it is a bit chunky, then spoon it into a serving bowl and garnish with a few more red peppers. This can be made up to two days ahead of time and kept tightly sealed in the refrigerator until your guests arrive.

The hummus can be served cold, my favorite, or warm (just pop into the microwave to take the chill off). Place the bowl on a large serving platter and surround with toasted pita bread. You'll have everyone asking for the recipe.

I usually like to pair this with a dry, sparkling wine. One of my favorites (and economical, too), is Cristalino Cava Brut from Spain. This clean tasting bubbly with lingering citrus qualities will certainly have your guests humming for more hummus!

Hmmm ... wine food pairing ...sometimes an adventure, but always fun! CHEERS!

Wine Food Pairing - Super Bowl to Remember!

Wine Food Pairing for the Super Bowl!

The annual party in our neighborhood is held across the street at our friends Joanna and Jim's house...they set up four televisions around the house and everyone picked there favorite spot. We chose riverside because of the wonderful breeze....after all this is Florida!

Excitement was running a bit high because our hosts are actually from NY and the "home" crowd was rooting for the Giants. What could be better than to serve a Pinot Noir from the NY Finger Lakes region? It complimented the yummy sausage and pepper stuffed pastries that "Tuba" had whipped up and the variety of other treats that lined the buffet.

Needless to say, the Super Bowl party was a rousing success! The game kept us on the edge of our seats until the very end and the only thing that could have made the evening better would be if we had won the football pool! GO GIANTS!

Wine Food Pairing! CHEERS!