Seeing as I live just on the outskirts of Wine Country, I’ve spent my entire life surrounded by vineyards, grapes and barrels upon barrels of wine. That being said, I’m no expert on wine pairings but I thought it would be fun to do a “magickal food and wine pairing” post! Wine is an important part of many religious rituals and although ale is often found in pagan celebrations, wine has its place as well. Magickally speaking, wine overall is related to unions and sharing, a connection that is easy to make. So gather a few friends around for an evening of wine pairings and communion!
Chardonnay + Zucchini Madeleines
3 medium-size zucchini, shredded
2 tsp salt
6 tbsp olive oil
1 medium size onion, chopped
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
5 large eggs
2 tbsp milk
1 ¼ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, minced and pressed
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
¼ tsp pepper
- In a large bowl, mix zucchini with salt. Let stand until limp and liquid has drained from it, about 30 minutes. Rinse well; drain, squeezing out as much water as possible.
- Meanwhile, pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into an 8 to 10 inch frying pan on medium high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until limp and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir flour with baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, milk, remaining oil, cheese, garlic basil and pepper until well-blended. Add zucchini and onion and mix well. Stir zucchini into flour mixture just until evenly moistened.
- Butter and flour Madeleine pans or small muffin pans. Spoon batter into pans, filling to rims. Bake in a 400 F oven until puffed and lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes. Cool about 5 minutes, then invert pans to removed madeleines. Use a spatula to loosen them gently, if necessary.
My madeleine pan is one of my dearest friends! These adorable little scalloped cookie/biscuits are a deliciously summery appetizer and the addition of zucchini links them with prosperity, the perfect start to an afternoon with friends.
Pinot Noir + Pork Chops with Horseradish Apples
A hearty meal, pork chops pair perfectly with apples, the fruit of wisdom and divination. Pair with pinot noir for a delicious combination that will guide you to better clarity in a tarot reading, palm reading or other form of divination.
Cherries are related to love and chocolate to lust and romance so with the added bonus of a sinfully sweet port, this is one pairing destined for an evening with your sweetie.