Stella Artois Cidre

March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

stella artois cidre

I found this Stella Artois Cidre at a gas station in Sedona, Arizona. I had never seen it before and decided to try it. I was surprised to see that Stella Artois makes an apple cider since it seems so far off from their world famous signature beer. It came in a pack of 4 for $6.95.

When I got back to the hotel, I opened one up with a can opener. The 4.5% hand pressed apple cider was very sweet and tasted more like a juice than an alcoholic beverage. It was refreshing and easy to drink due to the low alcohol content.

I personally think that the cider would taste better if the alcohol content was higher which would reduce the sweetness factor. My friend on the other hand, liked the cider and did not mind the sweetness nor the low alcohol content.

The bottle was beautifully crafted with sleek labels and etchings near the top. It set the tone for a high quality product and fell slightly short for my palate. If you are looking for a sweeter cider to drink in the day, then this is great for that. I am sure that this cider will be available this summer just in time for bbq season.


Chard Dip

July 26, 2013 § 1 Comment

chard dip

My spinach dip is quite famous and surprisingly only has 4 ingredients. Whenever I bring it to picnics or potlucks, people often ask for the recipe and I share it. The next time that I see them, they comment that they tried to make it but it wasn’t as good as mine.

I think the secret to cooking is to start with the best quality ingredients. I try to buy as much as I can from the farmers market and then I shop at organic food stores. The secret to this recipe is the organic sour cream which is the base of the dip. That alone will make or break this recipe.

People also comment that this recipe is so simple yet so flavourful. I believe in a less is more philosophy. All you need is to know how to cook properly and get a sense of how to combine ingredients that compliment each other. In this recipe I contrast the texture of the creamy sour cream to the crunchy water chestnuts. This creates a polar effect on the palate and keeps the dish alive.

To spice up my regular spinach dip and to get some chard into my kids, I decided to substitute spinach for chard. To be honest, it tastes exactly the same and turns the dip a little pink, my favourite colour. I thinly sliced focaccia bread which I toasted in the oven and served it with the dip.

Cooking time 20 minutes
Serves 4

1 bunch swiss chard
1/2 tsp (2 ml) – 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
1 can 227 ml sliced water chestnuts – drained and chopped
2 cups (500 ml) organic sour cream

1. Cut off stalks of chard and cut into 1 inch pieces and steam.
2. When the chard is wilted, drain any water, transfer to a cutting board and chop.
3. Place the chard in a bowl, add salt and let sit for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add the water chestnuts, stir and let sit another 2 minutes.
5. Add the sour cream and serve with crackers, bread or veggies.

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