rainy nights

spelt penne with crispy proscuitto, mushrooms & goats cheese

::  Friday night saw me driving down to Narrogin, a small country town about 200km south-east of Perth, to stay the weekend with close family friends.  It had rained the whole day and continued to pour as night fell on the country roads, so I was immensely glad to arrive safe and sound on their doorstep.  Welcomed into their large but bountifully cosy house, we were soon supplied with wine and warming food.  Helen is one of the best cooks I know, constantly sharing notes, recipes, restaurant and travel destinations, and that night she had whipped up a dish of spelt penne with crispy procuitto, mushrooms and goats cheese.

miles from nowhere 2009 cabernet merlot

We drank a lovely drop of Margaret River cabernet merlot with bright flavours of mulberry, sweet vanilla and oak.  It was very easy  drinking – warming soft and silky mouthful, with a lingering finish.

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