Inspired by the 2013 Creation Syrah Grenache Jenny Morris, South Africa’s very own ‘Giggling Gourmet’, created her very special and hearty recipe for Honey Ginger Duck.
Jenny is of course an author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, celebrity chef, teacher, caterer and culinary tour guide – in short, one of South Africa’s most-loved food personalities. She also makes regular appearances both in South Africa and abroad as a judge for various cooking competitions and is often commissioned by leading brands for menu and recipe development. What’s more, she has cooked for a number of celebrities and heads of state.
Food stimulates all the senses, with taste being the most obvious, followed by aroma. For Jenny touch is also vital. “Feeling your food is important,” she says. “Caress it, stroke it, know it intimately.” It comes as no surprise then that Jenny is as passionate about the perfect wine pairing as she is about stimulating all the senses, and that the latest release of Creation Wines’
Rhône-style blend – the Syrah Grenache 2013 – has served as inspiration for her Honey Ginger Duck. Click here for the recipe.
A key aspect of a ‘food-friendly’ wine such as the Creation Syrah Grenache 2013 is mouthfeel – the weight and texture of the wine on the palate. This is as important as complementary flavour profiles when developing a pairing, and the lighter character of the Grenache allows the wine to pair seamlessly with the fragrant duck based dish, while the soft spices of the Syrah support the exotic notes.
Here’s what an enthusiastic Jenny has to say: “The combination works so well because the rich aromatic taste of the voluptuous duck cuts through the Syrah while the anise and berries lift the fruity notes of the Grenache. A beautiful pairing of wine and food and the ideal combination for a cold Sunday afternoon!”