I recently threw together a Spicy Green Papaya Relish. Partly because I had bought shredded green papaya at the Thai market on a whim and needed some way to use it up. But mostly because I can be a lazy cook. You might not think so, considering the hours I spend in the kitchen or the amount of thought I put into planning meals. I’m sure you know this, but eating well requires a cook to be creative and flexible, not to mention seasonal. But being creative in the kitchen day after day can be an exhausting chore if you let it.
Austerity Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Pairs well with beef, lamb, barbecue, pasta with tomato sauce and some chocolate deserts.
So don’t let it. A simple fruit or vegetable relish is very typical of what I consider lazy cooking. It’s straightforward, flavorful and makes a minimal mess. It’s a colorful way to bring a simple splash of creativity to the plate. For the lazy cook (or the cook who’s in a lazy mood) this hot-sweet-sour Green Papaya Relish can lazily transform a simple grilled rib eye into an exotic dinner with complexity.
I say exotic because this Spicy Green Papaya Relish topped steak is rubbed with a homemade Jerk Seasoning– another shortcut all of us lazy cooks should keep in the pantry. This rub, in conjunction with the relish and my backyard grill, makes this lazy dinner a delicious Jamaican-Thai-American cross-cultural mash-up. Anything with that many hyphens has got to be exotic!
Spicy Green Papaya Relish and Wine?
Of course, one man’s lazy mash-up can lead to another man’s dilemma. I asked Ken to pair this grilled steak with a good bottle of wine. Grilled steak and Cabernet Sauvignon should be a lazy no-brainer. However, the sweet and sour, Spicy Green Papaya Relish could make this traditional red wine and red meat pairing problematic. Fortunately, Ken remembered tasting an Austerity Cabernet Sauvignon at a media event. There it was paired with Suzanne Goin’s Chocolate Tart. The nutty sweet tart gave Ken a clue that this wine might work in unexpected combinations. The 100% Austerity Cabernet has a lighter body and is fruit forward and exotically spiced enough to work well with the cocoa-infused rub and bold relish featured in this lazy Sunday Steak Supper at home. GREG