Thursday, May 7, 2009

What is a cardoon?

Is it a vegetable or a weed? It is both.

At "wine down wednesdays" @ town we had a food pairing with a Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, that was a cardoon gratin as our first tasting of 4 wines and 4 food pairings.

A thistle plant grown in town's garden, looks like a celery stock (without it's leaves), but tastes like an artichoke heart. This preparation style was very tasty and paired perfectly with the earthy grassy green tasting wine.

The chefs at town made the cardoon in the gratin style, layers of cardoon with butter and cream, topped with an herbed crumbed mixture.

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