Wine Country

We recently had the opportunity to spend a few days in wine country with some friends. We had pre-planned all the meals to make sure we were being financially smart as well as healthy. We nailed it! I don’t think we came home with much other than a few bottles of wine.

We arrived on a fairly warm, not super sunny but still beautiful day. The drive down was uneventful and quick!

We enjoyed beautiful 2 bed 2 bath condo at Casa del Lago Pioneer Village on the water in Osoyoos that was generously donated to our friends for a few nights.

We whipped up a beautiful dinner and enjoyed some wine while playing a boardgame.

Dinner: Cactus Club Chicken Salad – made by Tanya. Massive! Delicious and a HUGE hit!

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Dressing
(Earthbound Organic Farm Recipe)

Fresh thyme
Lemon rind – 1/2 a lemon
lemon juice
salt and pepper

Toss this all in a mortar and pestal
Place in a jar add more lemon juice and bunch of olive oil
1 teaspoon (or so) of dijon mustard
And shake shake shake

OUTSTANDING dressing and the salad is so good!

Candied Pecans
(not sure who’s recipe this is but will edit when I find out!)

2 cups raw pecans
1/4 cup maple syrup
1.5 large spoonfuls honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne – more if you like them spicer – don’t leave this out – it makes the pecans

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Place pecans on parchment paper on a cookie sheet – bake until slightly browned about 8 minutes
3.Let the nuts cool -set aside
4. Heat maple syrup. honey and vanilla in skillet over medium heat until honey becomes liquid, about 3 minutes.
5. Add pecans to syrup and honey mixture, stir with a spoon over heat until the nuts are well coated. Add the salt, pepper and cayenne. Stir well. Continue to heat until the liquid has absorbed about 5 minutes – constantly stirring.
6. Spread mixture evenly onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake 350 degrees for about 6 minutes. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn.
7. let cool – store in an air tight jar for up to 1 week (I think 1 week doesn’t make sense…longer should be fine – I’ll test the theory and get back to you)

Grilled Chicken
Hardboiled egg
Cherry tomatoes
Feta cheese
Strawberries
Avocado

Toss spring mix with dressing and add all other ingredients.
ENJOY!

The next day we ate out at Burger 55 in Penticton – prepare for the burger of a lifetime (you may need to re-mortgage your house to buy one)

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Gluten Free bun, Angus beef, shredded beets…the list goes on.

And for dinner Pistachio Crusted Salmon with garlicky green beans and basil carrots. Another WOW made by Tanya!
And on the last night – Shane and Bake chicken and ribs!

We hit up Covert Farms, Blasted Church, Mooncurser and Tinhorn Creek – AMAZING wineries and might have arrived home with a few bottles to enjoy later on.

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