Red, orange and yellow, colours maybe more associated with autumn, seem to be the colours this winter (July is winter in the southern hemisphere). Vegetables all seem to be red, orange and yellow – red cabbage, kale, and sprouts, yams and carrots of every hue, from pale yellow to vibrant orange. Fruit is red, orange and yellow too – think apples, tangerines, persimmons and lemons. As you might expect, flowers can be found in these colours, but so too can cider and wine.
Red sprouts, on the stalk, chosen over the red kale when shopping today
The orange of carrots
Lemons and yams, smiling
A lone lemon
Red, yellow and orange poppies
Drinks too are turning these colours, or so it seems. From the deep purpley red of Wild Side’s strawberry and plum cider, to a glass of pinot noir, to a cider of blood orange and cardamon, combining a rich red-orange and the taste of a Scandinavian winter.
More cider and some beer from Garage Project with a cute name, Cat’s Pyjamas (and nothing to do with the theme of this blog post)
And so this brings us to orange wine, a new thing to us. It’s a style of white wine, but with a slight orange tint, which, I am reliably informed, is the result of the combination of grape solids and liquids after crushing. Check out Wine Folly to learn more about these robust, dry wines that can stand up to red meat (or so they say).
A bottle of orange wine…
…with a fantastic label
We chose a pinot gris from Rod McDonald wines, ‘Rhymes with Orange’. Verdict on this and perhaps the cider in the next post. In the meantime, it is time to marinate the chicken for tonight’s dinner, Jamie Oliver’s Chicken Tikka Masala,which, as it so happens, is also an orange-red dish. There’s just no getting away from these colours….