Last night we had a terrific evening of eating. My friends Zoya and Marc were in town and since they love eating as much as I do, I figured what better way to spend the evening then eating all night long. We started off with some cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, capers, garlic stuffed olives, homemade nuts and bolts and some salmon stuffed pastries. After a little break, we moved on to the fondue. Zoya brought some chinese meat (thinly sliced beef) since it's much easier to find in Québec and then we made the broth. For the broth we mixed together beef bouillon, red wine, apple juice, onion soup mix and chopped onions. Zoya introduced me to that recipe about 10 years ago and i've always done my fondues that way as it's so delicious. And the best part, you can use it afterward to make french onion soup. For the fondue we wrapped mushrooms, raclette cheese and jalapeno havarti in the meat, so awesome having the cheese just oozing out. For dips we had soya sauce and tabasco, bourguignonne and béarnaise. Below are some step by step shots.
And of course, along with the fabulous meal came some outstanding wine. I have a soft spot for chiantis and Zoya introduced me to what is now my favorite one – Pèppoli. Don't ever even try to compare this one to other chiantis, they will never beat it. We also had an amazing Portuguese wine, Duque de Viseu. This one also came with a great price tag for such a good wine – $13.95. The Pèppoli is a bit more at $21.95 but worth every single penny. Both can be found in the vintages at the big LCBO on Rideau.