22 April 2020
Phil is an avid magazine reader – food, wine and living magazines. Viv bought him a birthday subscription to Country Style magazine some years ago and more recently he signed himself up to receive Wine Spectator. He also reads, for example, Halliday, Gourmet Traveller Wine and Bean Scene (Coffee). Every now and then he selects a recipe or an idea and invites Viv or the team at Singlefile to explore, debate or implement it with or for him. In the case of the Osso Buco recipe, it caught his eye firstly because the photo looked so compelling, then the reference to pairing it with a red wine of ‘oomph’ and, no doubt, because Osso Buco has always been one of his favourite dishes. This one, in particular, hits the spot in so many ways – flavour combinations, simple ingredients, the rich sauce (Phil loves sauces) and the simplicity of execution. He loves the idea of reducing a full bottle of red wine from the cellar and ferrets around for a nice old shiraz or cabernet sauvignon which always does the trick. Phil’s six year old grandson loves the risotto so perhaps he will take over the making of this recipe one day!