Hey hey hey! Happy Friday! What’s one exciting thing going on in your life today? I’m excited to finally tackle a to-do list that’s about a mile long 😉
Last night I knew I’d be getting home from training a little late for dinner, so I had Shane preheat the oven about 10 minutes before I got home. Because…we were having squash! It finally feels like it’s the weather to start having squash for dinner.
Putting our newfound wine skills to the test.
Sidenote: Jason, the instructor for the wine class, told us that we should make the first drink of the day a new bottle of wine we’ve never tried before. The husband chimed in, “I usually go with coffee, but whatever you say, Jason!” heheh 😉
I told Shane to go grab a bottle of wine from the wine hutch downstairs, and surprisingly, he came back with an Australian Shiraz (aka Syrah)
The husband usually picks fruity wines, so I was impressed that after one class, he’d gotten over that! And I knew he didn’t mistakenly think it was fruity, because he mentioned the alcohol percentage. The higher the alcohol, the lower the fruitiness
Not surprisingly, this bottle came with a screw cap or a Stelvin closure.
Since this bottle traveled allll the way from Australia, a Stelvin closure makes sense, as they have the lowest failure rate out of the cork, rubber cork, and Stelvin closures. That’s a lot of shipping costs to have to ship back a bad bottle of wine due to a closure 😉
“decanting” going on. I’m horrible at this. I end up inhaling wine which is never a good thing. LOL
45 minutes and a half of bottle of wine later, dinner was ready and we were ready for dinner.
For the squash, I just cut it in half, placed each side upsidedown in a baking dish filled with a half inch of water, and baked at 425 degrees for about 40 minutes. While the squash was cooking, the black beans were marinating in a mixture of apple cider vinegar, tamari, maple syrup, and a little sea salt. During the last 10 minutes the squash was cooking, I flipped the sides over and added the beans.
Topped with goat cheese, this dish was FANTASTIC. The flavors went together impeccably!
However, don’t pair a shiraz with this dish 😉
As we were cleaning up the kitch, look where I found Clarabelle!!
In between the two panes of glass in our dining room table!! Clearly I had to snap a picture before chasing her down and cleaning;)
Well I’ve got a to-do list to tackle! You – have a fantastic Friday 😀
What’s your favorite squash? Mine’s the buttercup!