With two kids including a young baby around, it’s almost impossible to have a nice dinner out just for the adults. So, it only makes sense to bring nice dinner in! Last weekend, I decided to prepare a wine-pairing dinner just for Saucer and me, marking 2 months since Little K was born. A week before the dinner, I thought of what to make so that I could get the proper wines to pair with. Of course, the dishes had to be simple and quick, since I had to tend to the kids as well. I ordered my wines from this funky wine website called Vinomofo, and they came within a few days! The Collaboration Case came with a variety of reds and whites, perfect for my menu.
For Entree, I decided to get Salmon Sashimi, since I had been craving for them ever since I was pregnant! Now that Little K is out, I told myself that I want to eat all the sashimi that I can to make up for all the lost time. It helps that our local fish market has the freshest salmon every day. All I had to do was just to cut it up and plate. I decided to pair this with the Fanny Limehead Riesling, since it is a light-bodied and citrusy wine, which was perfect to balance the taste of the raw salmon. The aroma of lemon and lime was perfect to lift up our senses, getting our palate ready for the main courses.
We had two different main courses that night – Crispy Skin Salmon and Steak and Chips. For the Crispy Skin Salmon, we paired it with the Arcadia Bohemia Chardonnay. At the first sip, it was fruity and refreshing, then before you know it, the slight acidity came into play, which really paired well with fish. To make the salmon skin crispy, I seared it skin side on the pan at high heat for a few minutes, then flipped it over to sear the flesh for a further few minutes. I then placed the whole piece into the air fryer for 3-4 minutes to make sure the flesh inside is cooked. This turned out to be really flaky, smooth and delicious!
Saucer had the Steak and Chips for dinner, which he paired with the Duck Sauce Pinot Noir. What an interesting name! This was medium to light-bodied with an earthy note and a fragrant cherry aroma. It went down a treat with the steak which was done medium well.
Overall, I’m quite proud of myself to have prepared a 2-course wine-pairing dinner just 2 months post-partum. It might not be a huge feat for everyone but it does make me feel that I’ve achieved something other than caring for a baby all day long! We still have a few bottles of wine left from our case, perhaps time for me to start thinking of our next wine-pairing dinner next month!