I'll also add a brief tasting note on Antares Carmenère. My initial thoughts were that this was rather disappointing, but it had perked up a bit when we returned to the bottle a couple of days later. Their Sauvignon Blanc, which I have had a couple of times previously, is definitely a nice budget white, though.
On Monday, I had Fellside Beef in Thyme Gravy from Look What We Found. It's an interesting take on slow cooked ready meals; I've decided I rather like this one, though I didn't really find the Herdwicke Mutton Stew all that exciting and won't be trying that again. As instant meals go, though, not bad.
The Book People recently descended at work and I obtained a book on sauces and dips. Of course, as with any recipe book, the first few times you flick through it you spot things that would be quite easy to do if only you had ... but tonight, I turned logic on its head and considered what I had in, instead. So, I give you
qatsi's Bacon and Gnocchi with Asparagus, Mushroom and Coriander
5-6 Asparagus spears, trimmed
1-2 Mushrooms, chopped
2-3 Coriander leaves, coarsely torn/chopped
Butter or Margarine
1-2 tbsp cream
Cook bacon and gnocchi according to your taste. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and start frying the mushrooms, asparagus and coriander. After a few minutes, add a knob of butter and fry for a couple of minutes longer, then turn the heat out and pour in the cream, stir in, and serve. Another pretty instant meal but with "real" cooking.
Oh, and I should also add that I tried home-made lemonade at the weekend as well. It's quite intense; perhaps a little bit too sweet, though I only added the amount of sugar stated in the recipe.