Thursday, 26 November 2015

Dreamweaver Shiraz 2014 - Wine Review

We first tried this Australian red wine about 4 months ago, and we've bought it again several times since.
I guess that says a lot about what we think of this Shiraz. We like it!


On the nose there are intense aromas of earthy damson, and cocoa.
On the palate lots of delicious red berries, blackberries, a touch of coffee, and chocolate.
It's a fairly full-bodied wine with decent hard tannins.
Dreamweaver Shiraz 2014 is a really nice wine, and definitely one we will be buying again.

Haven't had this before. ������DREAM WEAVER. SHIRAZ. AUSTRALIA 2014. #Shiraz

From the label
''To dream is to wish, to hope, to aspire, to live life with optimism, faith and expectation.''
Dreamweaver Shiraz 2014
A rich jammy Australian Shiraz with warming red berry notes. Hints of blueberries, mulberries and blackberries round out the palate giving it a lovely soft, supple mouthfeel. The lingering persistence makes it a great match with chargrilled meats and game. Drink now to five years. 13% vol.

Mr.R does all of our food and drink shopping, so I'm not sure how much we paid for this wine, or where he bought it. I think he bought it from Asda, and I'm guessing it's only about five quid a bottle.
Wherever he purchased it, and however much it cost, it's very tasty, and I recommend you try it for yourself.
Have you tried Dreamweaver Shiraz 2014?
What did you think of it?

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Porridge with Raisins, Coconut, Banana, Maple Syrup, and Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds

I love porridge, it's the food I eat for breakfast most often.
And this morning was another tasty porridge oats day.

Porridge, with banana, raisins, coconut, maple syrup, and chocolate covered sunflower seeds. Mmm! ��

First thing this morning I took Barley, our rescue Lurcher, for a nice long walk, it was fairly cold out with temperatures hovering around 1 degrees centigrade. When I got back to the house Mr.R had Barleys breakfast all ready and waiting for him, and as I was also very hungry I made a lovely warming bowl of porridge, with a few extras.
I added raisins, coconut, and maple syrup to my porridge as it simmered on the hob.
Then when my porridge was cooked, I chucked a chopped-up banana in the bowl, over which I dished-up my porridge, and then I drizzled some more maple syrup over it, and finally I sprinkled a few dark chocolate covered sunflower seeds on top.
It was seriously tasty - hot, sweet, chocolatey, and delicious.
Are you a porridge lover?
What's your favourite way to eat your porridge oats?

The Co-operative Vina Gala Rioja - Wine Review

This Co-op Vina Gala is a very nice Rioja, and a bit of a bargain at under five quid a bottle.
I think we paid £4.49, it was reduced from £5.49.

The Co-operative Vina Gala Rioja - no year? Hmm, weird ��

On the nose there were aromas of cooked cherries, cherry stalks, leather and tobacco.
On the palate were flavours of sour cherry, blackberry, raspberry, sweet spices, pleasant tannins, and a velvety smooth finish.
Moorish and absolutely delicious!

The Co-operative Vina Gala Rioja - no year? Hmm, weird? ��

From the label -
This wine is made from 100% Tempranillo which gives it oodles of raspberry flavours and spice character. A beautifully balanced wine at exceptional value from Bodegas Muriel in Elciego. 13% vol 
Have you tried The Co-operative Vina Gala Rioja?
What did you think of it?

Kallo, Belgian Dark Chocolate, Organic Rice Cake Thins - Review

I like rice cakes, and I like dark chocolate, so when Mr.R recently received a big box of organic food stuffs that he'd won, I was pleased to see a packet of Kallo, Belgian Dark Chocolate, Organic Rice Cake Thins included amongst his haul.

I hadn't tried this brand of rice cake before, but they sounded nice, so I wasted no time in ripping open the packet to taste them.
Actually that's not true, but it sounded a bit more dramatic that what I actually did, which was nothing.
Well, not for a while anyway.
Mr.R unpacked the box of food items, and the Kallo chocolate rice cakes were put in the larder. And that's where they stayed for ages, until I saw them one day and fancied trying them.
I still didn't hastily rip open the packet in my desire to scoff them though, no, I put them in the fridge.
I thought the dark chocolate would taste really nice if it was cold.
A few days after I'd put the packet of Kallo chocolate rice cakes in the fridge, which I'd obviously forgotten otherwise I would have eaten them much sooner, I finally remembered and opened the packet to try them.

I can't stop eating. These are very nice, and they were free. I blame the cold weather for my insatiable hunger. ����

I'd made a nice hot cup of green tea, and fancied something to eat with it, so I bit into one of the chocolate covered rice cakes, and it was as delicious as I was expecting.
The rice cakes are as stated in the description, thin, and they are topped with a generous amount of tasty dark chocolate.
I definitely think keeping them in the fridge was a good decision, the rice was nice and crispy, and the dark chocolate was perfectly firm.
I really enjoyed my first Kallo dark chocolate rice cake, and I've eaten a few more since I finally opened the packet, but I've still got a few left. They are a decent size, adequately satisfying, so I only ate one at a time.

I'm not sure what else to say really, as I already seem to have rambled on quite a lot about these tasty squares of rice cake and chocolate, so I think I'll leave it at that.

From the packet - 

There was a chocolate owl, Who only came out at night.
He was the shyest bird in the forest, 
He was never spotted in flight. 

“Why are you always in hiding?” 
Said the woodpecker, tapping a beat. 
“Because I’m made of delicious dark chocolate, 
And I’m ever so splendid to eat.”

The Low Down -

  • 55 calories per rice cake thin 
  • A source of fibre 
  • Made with Belgian chocolate 
  • No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives 
  • Vegetarian and coeliac friendly 
  • Gluten Free 

Ingredients and allergy information -
Ingredients: Organic dark chocolate (59%) (organic cocoa mass, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter), organic wholegrain brown rice.
Allergen Advice: Made in a factory that handles soya, sesame seeds and milk.

Nutritional Information -
Typical values                    per 100g                  per rice cake
Energy                               2039KJ/488Kcal       229KJ/55Kcal      
Fat                                     24.1g                      2.7g
of which saturates              14.6g                       1.6g
Carbohydrates                   57.2g                       6.4g
of which sugars                 23.4g                       2.6g
Fibre                                 7.4g                         0.8g
Protein                              6.8g                         0.8g
Salt                                   trace                        trace

So, Kallo Belgian Dark Chocolate Organic Rice Cakes, my verdict - they're absolutely delicious!
Have you tried Kallo, Belgian Dark Chocolate, Organic Rice Cake Thins?
What did you think of them?

McGuigan Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - Wine Review

I can't find a photo of this Australian wine, I'm sure I shot one, but it seems to have vanished.
Oh well, it's not important, so I'll get on with my wine review.

Wine. Red wine. Wine glass.

We drank this bottle of McGuigan Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 quite a while ago, but I do remember what I thought of it, so here goes - 
It was a lovely smooth red, with aromas of blackcurrants, cassis, spicy black pepper, and a hint of floral fragrance.
On the palate there were flavours of dark cherry, a touch of chocolate, a hint of liquorice, a slightly acidic aftertaste, and finally a velvety tannin finish. 
All-in-all an enjoyable tipple. 

Wine. Red wine. Wine glass.

From the label -
We have carefully crafted this range of wines as a tribute to four generations of classic Australian winemaking by the McGuigan family. It takes inspiration from the central symbol of the family crest - the lion which represents the courage and commitment to continually create truly flavoursome Australian wine. 

Lovely flavours of rich, intense, cassis fruit combine perfectly in this full flavoured Cabernet Sauvignon. It is best served at room temperature and is a terrific accompaniment to herb crusted lamb cutlets or traditional roast beef.
Best enjoyed within 2 years of purchase, drink within 2 days of opening. 

Have you tried McGuigan Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2014?
What did you think of it?

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The World Needs More Love - Lots More Love, Love, Love

Instead of focusing on what you don't want, you'd be much better off if you focused on what you do want.
Seriously! Concentrate on what you want, ignore everything you don't want.
Positive thinking!

The World needs our love.
It's all upside down. We've got it all wrong.
We shouldn't be marching for an end to war, we should be marching for peace.
We shouldn't be marching against the cuts in student fees, we should be marching for free education.
Free education!
We shouldn't be marching with placards ''Save our NHS!'' we should be marching with banners exclaiming, ''We love our NHS!''

I could go on, but I'm sure you get what I'm saying.
Love really is the answer, whatever the question - love is the answer.

The World needs more love, much much much more love.

Heart, stone from the beach. ��
Heart stone from one of our local beaches

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. 
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. 
 - Martin Luther King, Jr

What do you think the World needs?
More love?
Or lots and lots and lots more love?

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Cano Toro Alta Expression 2011 - Wine Review

This is another delicious wine from Lidl. I think it was about £7.

Cano Toro Alta Expression 2011 is made using 100% Tempranillo grapes. 14% vol.
It poured a deep deep red in the glass, with aromas of sour cherries, raspberries, toast, wood, cacao, a hint of spice, and vanilla.

Caño Toro Alta Expression, Tinta del Toro 2011

On the palate, rich dark berries, chocolate, a touch of herbs, and a slight taste of wood.
It had a pleasant long and smooth finish.

Caño Toro Alta Expression, Tinta del Toro 2011

From the Label - 
This elegant wine is dark cherry in colour with purple highlights and is rich in complex aromas of berries with a warm spiciness. it has a well-structured palate with velvety tannins and is an ideal accompaniment to starters and roasts. 

We really like Spanish wine, and we enjoyed our bottle of Cano Toro Alta Expression 2011.
It's a nice fruity wine, reasonably priced, and we would definitely buy it again.
Have you tried Cano Toro Alta Expression 2011?
What did you think of it?