Dinner with Pete Goffe-Wood and Tabasco

 We were recently invited to join Pete Goffe-Wood and Tabasco at his 'home' - Kitchen Cowboys. On arrival, I was already 'wowed' by the set up - a long table, elegantly laid for a formal dinner - not quite what I had in mind when I received the invitation.
  The aim of the evening? To introduce Tabasco as an ingredient when cooking, not merely a condiment for eggs. Pete was wonderful - it was the first time I'd seen him in the kitchen. Entertaining, informative and pretty darn funny.

 There was, of course, wine - free flowing, and a new favourite in the form of the Secateurs Chenin Blanc. But more on that later. We enjoyed nibbles with our wine, before we were seated - a truly gorgeous prawn and sweet corn bisque with a basil oil flavoured with Green Pepper Tabasco. We also enjoyed bite-sized lamb burgers - topped with tzatziki, we could have happily filled up on these if we hadn't know dinner was waiting.

  On to starters - ceviche with a little bite. Topped with shaved fennel, there was some heat from the Green Pepper Tabasco, but not fanning-your-mouth-hot. Tasty, light and a great start.

 Now, a moment to appreciate the wine : I had never heard of AA Badenhorst Wines before - also, not being much of a white wine drinker, it would never be a wine I was naturally drawn towards. However, due to some lucky chance of fate, a little of their Secateurs Chenin Blanc landed in my glass. Smooth, fruity and downright delicious, here are the 'official' tasting notes:
Bright, light yellow. Peachy fruit salad and spice aromas are enlivened by grapefruit pith. Rich and silky, with a slightly sweet impression nicely countered by harmonious acidity. Round and fairly full in the mouth and still a bit youthfully aggressive. Finishes nicely dry, with hints of ripe stone fruits and quince.
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Back to the food.

 Mains took the form of blackened Cajun chicken on 'dirty' risotto, topped with avo. Perfectly cooked chicken, Pete turned the meat into a more interesting concept than it sounded on the menu. Turning the 'rice' into risotto with a few drops of RedTabasco, also made it a more 'crowd friendly' dish.

Dessert was a rum-soaked chocolate mud cake - wish dashes of Red Tabasco. There was a slight warmth, but difficult to tell if it was coming from the rum or Tabasco. It was a true Pete-sized portion, rich and dense - I battled to make much headway into mine, but tried - bravely.

It was a truly lovely evening. Good, wholesome food, interesting people and rather lovely wine. One of the better Thursdays I've had.

Note : We were invited to attend this event by Tabasco.


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