I signed the liquor store courier’s delivery slip and opened the box to find one of the prettiest bottle/label designs I’ve seen in a long time: it looks, for all the world, like a little lighthouse. 


Back at my desk, I went to Google to search for a sauce I could make with Rose, to go with the roast chicken that was happening in my oven.  I had never used Rose in cooking before, being a fairly recent convert to the wine.  Interestingly enough, most results to a search using ‘chicken rose’ were recipes using rose water and rose petals; which I have made a mental note of for future experimentation.

With no satisfying search results, I decided to wing it; Side View was coming for supper and was due any minute:


2 punnets mini button mushrooms, caramalised with ginger and olive oil;

2 glasses of Rose wine, simmered until reduced

1 cup chicken stock, simmer again until reduced, with a sprinkle of black pepper


I served the chicken on a bed of Woolworths butternut and sage pansotti.  All at the table pronounced it a faultless meal.

In other news; a totally unexpected and delightful surprised popped into my inbox yesterday:


55 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    Girl, you need to open your own restaurant. Or art least an online recipe book (Charge for E-recipe downloads) 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      My husband and I have discussed opening a little B&B, but I’m not sure I’d like it if it was something I had to do, instead of something I can choose to do 🙂

      1. thysleroux says:

        There is so much truth in that statement Cin!

        However, if you were to do it on your terms who knows where it could lead to …

      2. theonlycin says:

        Thanks Thys, I think Elzabe Zietsman’s concept is something I could do: she has a by-appointment-only set up for diners.

  2. Leigh says:

    What can I say? *heart* 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Επίκεντρο χαμόγελο 😀

  3. souldipper says:

    By my calculation of ever-growing deliveries and subsequent inventory, Cin and company could open a retail liquor store.

    1. souldipper says:

      That is supposed to contain a 🙂 !!

      1. theonlycin says:

        I know … it’s all a bit unreal actually 😀 😀 😀

  4. Yum Yum Yum, I went hope happy and replete. Great food and great people.

    Pity the organic wine I found to try tasted more like the organis fertiliser than wine, but we got over that quite quickly.

    1. oops – home, not hope

      1. theonlycin says:

        Never mind, I am toying with an osso bucco recipe for that bottle.

  5. Tandy says:

    we had a lovely lunch at one of their wine estates a couple of weeks ago! Have a super weekend 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too, Tandy. I’m in Cape Town in January, maybe we can go to that estate for lunch?

  6. Jamie Dedes says:

    Ohhh…so many good yums in one dish …
    Second the motion on the restaurant!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank Jamie, have a great weekend.

      1. Jamie Dedes says:

        … and congrats on the award. Good news!

  7. buttercup600 says:

    I agree with the B&B…be so right up your alley…my word, do you have a cellar for all those wines girlfriend? Congrats…so proud of you!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Angel.
      Off to buy another wine rack :O

  8. H. ad my dinner party tonight – didn’t get the chance to make the eggplant spread, but I will one day soon!. For the main course, I served a wonderful beef-in-beer stew. At the last minute I realized I didn’t have a wine that would go with it, so I ran out and bought – in your honor! – a South African wine (never tried one before). It was a 2009 “Shiraz Pinotage” Cape Blend by Sebeka. Actually, I was very surprised at how lovely it was, very smooth and ended up being a perfect complement to the stew. It was also relatively inexpensive! I also purchased, just in case, one of my old “stand-bys,” an Australian “Yellow Tail” Shiraz – but didn’t even open the bottle – didn’t need to! Be interested in knowing if you know about Sebeka, and what sort of rep they have over there.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I don’t know Sebeka, Paula. But I will ask my wine merchant and will get a bottle and do a post for you.

  9. adeeyoyo says:

    Congratulations, Cin! Well done. I also like the Lands End label – nice and cleancut! I have never considered buying rose wine, much less cooking with it. Could you actually taste any difference?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, adee, absolutely. I often make sauces with mushrooms using white or red wines and the difference with the Rose was remarkable.

      1. adeeyoyo says:

        Thanks for letting me know, Cin. I too often cook and/or make sauces with white or red, but it’s helpful to know that the rose is also nice for that.

      2. theonlycin says:

        I’m going to experiment a lot more with it 🙂

  10. Supa says:

    I think I should visit Jhb and help you drink some of that ever growing supply of wine!

  11. Madmom says:

    I have an empty wine rack for your excess wine, Cindy.
    Terms and Conditions Apply.
    *meaning I get to keep and drink the wine*

    1. theonlycin says:

      *Has a sudden vision of a wheelie bin full of empty bottles*

  12. Jo says:

    Am so going to try this! Have yourself a lovely little weekend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Enjoy, Jo, and thanks – it is always a treat to have you visiting here.

  13. Yvette says:

    Wow! Congratulations! I new that Spaghetti Carbonara was a winner! love Rose Wine but not on my hubby’s wish list of wines…so if I open a bottle …have to drink the bottle!…There’s also a local rose bubbly…just right bubbles! xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Rose bubbly is lovely 😀

      1. theonlycin says:

        Not if it’s a ‘lekker rose’ Greg ;p

  14. suzicate says:

    Yes, I think a B&B would be fabulous…you’d be a wonderful hostess/chef of the inn. I once used a Merlot in a sauce because I was out of white wine. It tasted fabulous but looked a little weird as it turned out a purple/pink!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have a purple osso bucco roiling on my stove as I type this :O

  15. Greg says:

    The Carbonara looks terrific – a deserving winner on the merits of the pictures alone. Good to see the @home chef didn’t win.

    B&Bs/Restaurants all sound nice from the outside, but come with all those pesky issues that spoil ones fun so damn quickly – staff, suppliers, licences, zoning, yada yada yada.

    I’m thinking maybe along the lines of deepercolors’ 2nd suggestion – a recipe book, online recipe catalogue, etc. rather. Even a dedicated fine food, wine and dine blog for local audiences perhaps?

    A future award winning collaboration in the making…

  16. nrhatch says:


    When we lived on Chincoteague Island, a chef turned the front of her home into a restaurant 2 nights a week. They had seating for about 18 ~ 3 tables of 2 and 3 tables for 4.

    She featured 2-3 entrees a night, and posted the week’s menu outside a few days ahead so people could call and reserve a spot and order in advance.

    She and her husband treated guests as, well, guests.

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s an idea, Nancy!

      1. nrhatch says:

        And any week she didn’t feel like doing it, she just posted a notice instead of the menu.

        We ate there a couple times when she created vegetarian meals that worked with our unique tastes.

        Their kids helped served. It was a family affair.

  17. halfp1nt says:

    Congrats Cin, and your dish looks divine!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Shorty 🙂

  18. granny1947 says:

    Wish I lived closer to you so I could also come for supper…and wine!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll cook for you in January, at the Glencairn house 😀

  19. Gorgeous. Your table always groans with good things.
    The rose thing sounds interesting…tangentially, I’ve always wanted to do that 17th century thing and frost rose petals to use on a cake. Bought the rose water and everything, but you need time for a thing like that. Lots and lots of time.
    Lovely, lovely post as usual. I always love to see what you have put out on your windowsill to cool:-)

    1. theonlycin says:

      The rose petal thing is quite addictive once you get into it 🙂

  20. It occurred to me that you could offer your culinary services to local charities when they have auctions! You could prepare a menu for from two to a dozen, say, serve it in your home or the bidder’s. I’ll bet that people would flock to bid on a meal prepared and served by you – and it would be a fabulous money maker for a deserving organization.

    I certainly would bid on one of y our feasts! Would you come over here to North Carolina to make and serve it?We’ll make sure you have a nice room to stay in – all three of you!

    Let’s see now – when would be a good day?. . .

    1. Somehow the part about you bringing your Hubs and Bunn got left out – that’s what I meant by the “three of you!”

      1. theonlycin says:

        Oh wouldn’t that be a lovely experience, Paula 🙂

  21. slpmartin says:

    Read this on the phone this morning while waiting to have lab work done for the annual physical …had to go before coffee so needless to say did not attempt to write from the phone this time…but now I’ve had cofffee and a lovely dinner…I must admit that this sound better than what I had. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      I do hope the lab results are positive, Charles.
      Sleep tight, dear friend!

  22. Tokeloshe says:


    It looks delicious, lucky Sidey 😉

    Love the Proteas

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m loving the Proteas at the moment, have them in every room in the house 🙂

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