Dinner Challenge: For the Love of Wine!
After a brief hiatus, the Furphy-Loizou's continued the ongoing Dinner Challenge series. The night reunited the boys-v-girls teams, putting Christine and Tori on drinks and the Gentlemen on everything edible. In a magical moment of jinx-no-take-backs, Tim and I simultaneously blurted out the theme for the night: "Wine Conquers All."
For their first custom cocktail, the girls mixed white wine, tangerine vodka, limoncello, lime juice and a splash of sherbet. The concoction was dubbed "wine-asty" (as in "wine-dynasty").
For the second drink, they very simply mixed wine and whisky. This was called "wine-isky" (as in "wine-nasty"). Both cocktails demonstrated wine's conquering qualities, permanently influencing one's ability to taste or remember or stay awake through the rest of the night's challenge.
Not to be outdone, the Gentlemen started the night with halved-tomatoes sautéed in butter and white wine. While this challenge forbid Internet-use, we relied on Tim's gut as our guide. We melted brie cheese over the nameless appetizer because why not?
For the main course, Tim braised short ribs in red wine. We cut the beef up into bits.
Just like the Italians of Old, we clamped our pasta-machine to the counter and started cranking out our homemade ravioli sheets. We wrapped up the beef-bits and boiled the pasta.
Shredded Brussels sprouts accompanied the short rib-ioli with a lovely sauce drizzled over the dish. Maybe the sauce had wine in it. Or maybe the sauce was wine?
In a stroke of sheer genius or creative exhaustion, we froze wine for dessert. While eating essentially a bowl of wine, no photos were taken.
By the end of the night, it was unclear how much wine was truly consumed. But while it conquered even our most basic counting abilities, wine could never conquer our spirit to complete another challenge.
But it came close.