Sunday, March 30, 2008

Wine Food pairing - Pinot and Pumpkin Seed Oil

Wine Food Pairing, have you considered pairing pinot grigio with pumpkin seed oil?

Pumpkin seed oil is cultivated from Styrian pumpkins originating in the southeast region of Austria. My husband and I always go directly to the farms in Styria to buy our oil and then transport it back to the United States in our check in luggage. We will usually bring at least four bottles home at a time! It looks like motor oil, but it is really just like liquid gold! Once declared too valuable to be used for cooking, pumpkin seed oil was available for medicinal purposes. It is believed that the oils helps to prevent bladder and prostrate problems and they also now think that perhaps it helps to control depression.

Pumpkin seed oil has rich nutty aroma and taste that can't be duplicated. We always use it to dress our salads, along with Balsamic vinegar and I also like to drizzle it over freshly steamed veggies like asparagus or broccoli .... YUM!

For dinner last night we visited our friends Pat, Bob and their newly acquired golden retriever Bentley. Bob and company had been fishing and managed to reel in a cooler full of lane snapper about 20 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Very good luck for us also, as we got an "invite" to share in the goodies!

Pat and Bob decided to deep fry some in panko bread crumbs, always tasty. Just to be health wise they also baked some with a dash of Old Bay Seasoning which was equally delicious. Served with a green salad dressed with, you guessed it .... pumpkin seed oil ...we had a feast fit for royalty!

We paired this with a chilled Cavit Pinot Grigio and with its crisp, light taste, it certainly did justice to Mr. Snapper. Thank you Mr. Snapper!

Pumpkin seed oil, Pinot Grigio, Wine Food Pairing, why not? CHEERS!

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