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February 5, 2013 Wine

30 Minute Deals

A good (read: cheap) pun is something that I just. can’t. resist. Not that it would come as a surprise to regular readers of like this blog that…

This week’s pun is presented to you by Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals cookbook; which I received as a gift at Xmas and have since vowed to work my way through once a week for the rest of the year (and to try and beat the 30min time limit all year). It’s been a success so far, I’m an unashamed fan of how Jamie Oliver cooks Italian – he has a deep understanding of the cuisine at the traditional peasant level, something that is subtle but really excellent. The first couple of attempts have been both delicious and come in just under the 30 minute hurdle so this week I went for something a bit different.

I mentioned a few week ago that I’d been cooking up a few ideas for LTLT (oh for christ’s sake, another cooking pun?!)and with this ham-fisted segue I’ll introduce my dining partner for the night, Ms Clare Burder of Eminence Wines and The Humble Tumbler.

 

Readers, meet Clare, on the left next to Mrs LTLT

Readers, meet Clare, on the left next to Mrs LTLT

Clare’s wine courses with The Humble Tumbler are the sort of thing that I thoroughly advocate – learning about wine in an entertaining and totally non-stuffy way, in cool venues with great food. We have a lot in common when it comes to how we feel people should be able to enjoy wine (freely, with good service and without pretence) and had talked for some time about how to work together.

So in the spirit of collaboration, she came over to do a 30 minute deal over a 30 minute meal. While I furiously cooked a cauliflower macaroni with proscuitto crumbs, a side of endive salad with basil and anchovy dressing, and a dessert of stewed summer fruit; we talked about the upcoming courses and the opportunities to help our customers get more educated about the world of wine, in a relaxed way.

Not that my demeanour in the kitchen was quite so relaxed...

Not that my demeanour in the kitchen was quite so relaxed…

Finishing just before the allotted 30 minute deadline, we sat down impressed with Jamie’s guidance and looking forward to doing some work together.

Beaten!

Beaten! So excited we forgot to focus the camera!

There’s so much ‘noise’ (and often a lot of pomp) around wine in general – and it was one of the main reasons for me to start LTLT. It’s nice to work with others who share the vision; so if you’re interested in learning a bit more about what you’re drinking then I highly recommend getting in touch with The Humble Tumbler. After the job that Clare did explaining the wine we were drinking to another dinner guest, you may even find me hanging around for a few new tips!

 

It's hard to pose for ANY photo with so much cheesy pasta goodness within arms reach

It’s hard to pose for ANY photo with so much cheesy pasta goodness within arms reach

Happy Drinking,

Pete