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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Refried Beans

  • 1 bag of Pinto beans
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 3-4 crushed garlic
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • pepper (to taste)
  • Soak beans overnight in water in a crock pot. The next day drain and refill with just enough water to cover the beans.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the crock pot
  • Cook on high all day.
  • Mash the beans with a potato masher just before you're ready to eat them. If they appear too watery you can continue to cook at reduce the liquid further. The more you heat them the thicker they become.


  • 3-4 ripe avacados diced
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 diced garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
  • juice from one whole lemon
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp Cayenne powder
  • Mash ingredients together with a fork and serve in a bowl

Monday, 5 March 2012

Bear Flag Smooth Red

Bear Flag Smooth Red. About $13

A soft and juicy blend, goes with anything.

The blend includes:
  • Tempranillo
  • Touriga
  • Zinfandel
  • Alicante Bouschet

Blackberry French Martini

A tasty treat

  • 1 1/2 ounce vodka 
  • 1/4 ounce blackberry liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 twist lemon peel

Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice.
Strain into a martini glass, garnish with lemon peel.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Bear Flag Dark Red

Pretty decent for a table wine. About $13

A big and bold blend emphasizing:
  • Petite Sirah
  • Alicante Bouschet
  • Zinfandel
  • Petit Verdot
  • Tempranillo

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Blueberry Mojito

Be careful... these are addictive!

  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons blueberries, fresh or frozen (divided)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup lemonade
  • splash of soda water
  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce dark rum
  • mint sprig for garnish
  • lime slice for garnish
In a tall 16-ounce glass, add mint leaves, lime juice and sugar; mash the ingredients with the back of a spoon or a "muddler" until fragrant. Add 2 tablespooons of the blueberries and mash until juicy.

Fill the glass three quarters with ice. Add lemonade until the glass is two-thirds full. Add splash of soda, light rum and remaining blueberries; stir. Slowly pour dark rum into the drink so it floats on top.

Garnish with a sprig of mint and slice of lime; serve immediately. Serves 1