Lentil Rice Pilaf, Lemon & Pepper Roasted Chicken, and Borgo Reale Chianti Classico Vespertino
On the week of 5/28/2010 we were again staying low, after having had a previously hectic week. So when lying low, we always go for lemon roasted chicken and rice. However, like I stated in my previous post, I had bought some pilaf mixture at a spice store in the famous Jerusalem shuk of Mahane Yehuda. The mixture (from what I can tell) was made up of olive oil, raw lentils, dehydrated raw onions, and a couple of spices. The spices were not initially obvious, but the ones I could pick out were curry, cumin, paprika, and maybe cloves or ginger, though I could not be sure.
This time I poured the rest of what I had (a cup or two) of the pilaf mixture and two cups of brown rice into a pan. I let the lentils and rice soak up the oil that was in the pan, and then hit it with a cup of white wine, and three cups of water. The rice came out nicely, and we had a fresh green salad to go along with it.
I was in the mood of a red wine, so we went with the Borgo Reale Chianti. I must say that when looking for kosher Italian wines there are really only two options; Borgo Reale and Cantina Gabriella. They are both fine wine procurers and are almost always have a high QPR (Quality to Price Ratio). The wine was a bit weird I must say out of the bottle, but with time it got better. I would recommend opening the bottle and trying it, and then making sure to have drunk enough to lower the level below the shoulder (wide part of the bottle), let it air for a few hours or more and try it again.
The wine note follows below: