Recipes for Leftover Wine

3 Delicious Recipes for Leftover Wine: White, Red and Rosé

Having leftover wine is a rare occurrence, because if the wine is good, it will never be left undrunk. However, sometimes we have to limit ourselves to a glass or we just get some wine that doesn’t suit our palate, and now we have half a bottle of wine sitting on the counter with nothing to do with it. Worry not – here are some amazing recipes where you can employ the leftover wine that will blow your taste buds away:

Lightly poached fish

Poached fish is often thought of as bland, but that’s just if you dump it into the water and call it a day. For this method, you’ll want to use some leftover white wine, as well as some staple aromatics. A salmon fillet is a perfect starting point, but most light fish will do well. Fill the pot with your wine, and if you don’t have enough, feel free to top it up with plain water. Chop up your aromatics and plop them all inside, setting it on medium heat. Once the liquid is bubbling, it’s time to drop the fish into the pot and simmer for about ten minutes depending on the thickness. If your water isn’t at a rolling boil, but at a gentle simmer, you likely won’t overcook it, but you still don’t want overcooked fish. Serve it on a plate with some grilled lemon slices and a side of your choice, and don’t forget to spoon the cooked aromatics on top for a pretty presentation and extra flavor!

Recipes for Leftover Wine

Dreamy Bolognese

There’s really nothing that will give the depth of flavor to a meaty sauce like a few good glugs of red wine. And since you can easily buy red wine online and have it delivered to your doorstep, you really have no excuse not to have it on-hand. You want to start your sauce by sautéing a chopped onion in a little bit of olive oil in a sauté pan with high sides. Forget about non-stick, you want the amazing fond to build up on the bottom of the pot. A minute later, add a minced clove of garlic and keep cooking until fragrant. Now, it’s meat time. Dump your minced beef (or veal) into the pan and break it up with a wooden spoon to evenly brown it. If you’ll be using this in a lasagna, you don’t have to worry about cooking the meat through, but you will want some good color on it either way. Season with salt, pepper and some Italian herbs to taste and then add a few good glugs of red wine into the mix. Let the alcohol boil off and the liquid reduce and you are ready to serve the most delicious and simple Bolognese sauce you’ve ever had.

Recipes for Leftover Wine

Wine topped cheesecake

Time for dessert and it’s jiggling! For this one, you want to make a simple no-bake cheesecake. Start with a crumb base by smashing some cookies and combining with melted butter, pressing tightly into your individual serving dishes. Something with a removable bottom that you can take out will work great, but a small glass jar can also look stunning. Combine cream cheese, whipped cream, sugar, vanilla and some Greek yogurt into a smooth mixture and put it on top of the base. While that chills in the fridge, get your leftover rosé and pour it into a pan. Add some unflavored gelatin powder or agar-agar into the mix and follow the instructions on how to prepare it. Before you pour it on top of the dessert, make sure it’s at least at body temperature so it won’t melt the cheesecake. Chill and serve for a fun twist on the classic dessert.

Recipes for Leftover Wine

Next time you have an open bottle, don’t reach for the glass – think of these recipes first!

6 Excellent Ways to Make your Kitchen Look More Stylish and Expensive

Home makeover is not complete unless your kitchen is redecorated properly. Much like the living room is the heart of your home, the kitchen is its immune system and thus must be maintained functional, healthy and clean. But it should also be kept stylish. However, finding that elusive balance between functional and elegant is where most of us fail to deliver.  

Perhaps the most common obstacle when tackling this project is the fact that full-fledged kitchen renovation is rather expensive. Paying for brand new worktop, counters, base/wall units, backsplash, built-in and portable appliances and decorations can be quite overwhelming in terms of costs. Luckily, you don’t have to go outside your budget in order to refresh the look of your kitchen and take its design up a couple of notches. There are numerous efficient ways to make your kitchen feel new, stylish and more expensive, while keeping its functionality – without breaking a buck. 

Upgrade the Cabinet Hardware

It is likely that your kitchen features 3 different types of cabinet units: wall units, base units, and drawer cabinets. The easiest way to breathe new life in those is to upgrade their hardware in terms of pulls and knobs. If you feel like the design of your fronts is too monotonous, you can opt for pulls and knobs of different design and thereby bring new details into your cabinets’ décor. However, make sure you don’t go over the top as that way the look can easily become too chaotic.

Upgrade the Lighting

Choosing the right lighting can really tie your whole kitchen together. The very structure and design of your elements is what should dictate the way you upgrade the lighting. Instal light fixtures like chandeliers, pendants and/or built-in halogen lights in areas that you want to make stand out, and thus add personality and custom look to your kitchen. Have in mind that this task requires you to hire an experienced electrician who will tackle the technical aspects of the project. It is common for interior designers and electricians to work together, so it is highly recommended that you have a way to contact an electrician from Western suburbs, especially in Australia where it is against the law to fix and work on electrical installations and wiring on your own. 

Include Kitchen Accessories to Decorate the Look

You can achieve an expensive look and make your kitchen area pop up by adding a layer of decorative accessories that will adorn the room even further. Think wall ferns, personal mementos and decorative accessories that will introduce a personal touch to the entire design. Artwork is also more than welcome.

Add Plants and Greenery 

There’s no better way to liven up a room than adding some greenery to the mix. Scatter several plants across your kitchen and add some windowsill herbs to tie everything together. If your kitchen features and island or a counter, those areas definitely deserve some greenery as well. 

Stylish Stools Go a Long Way 

While we’re in the island/counter area, consider adding additional furniture items like stylish, minimal-design stools that will accommodate this part of your kitchen, both in terms of functionality and elegance.  

Hide the “Ugly” Stuff 

Every kitchen has certain items that are necessary to own, but are not exactly easy on the eyes. Think dirty sponges, washcloths, toasters, and other necessities that can make your kitchen look, well, less stylish. This issue can easily be tackled by simply putting these items away and storing them in less used cabinets or getting some decorative baskets/trays for this particular purpose. 

We hope these simple and somewhat DIY tricks prove helpful in your future kitchen renovation endeavors. In case we’ve missed some obvious tips that should’ve been included in this article, feel free to leave a comment.