Monthly Archives: August 2010

Loin of Pork Stuffed with Prunes – Barbaresco

Pork with prunes is a dish common in Western France from Poitiers down to Bordeaux. On the Loire they serve it in creamy sauce and drink it with a Cabernet Franc such as Bourgueil. Further south it gets served with … Continue reading

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Opportunity in a Fallback; a ‘little’ Languedoc

I knew all day that D was going for a girls’ night out, but still forgot to buy what I needed to cook for myself. T**** was still open, of course, but to be seen buying meat in a supermarket … Continue reading

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Lamb Chump Steak with Pesto and Cotes du Rhone

We had some of the constituents of Raymond Blanc’s steak recipe left over so D tried the same treatment with lamb steaks; pesto sauce on top, tappenade and concentrated tomatoes alongside, plus sautée potatoes and some of our own beans. … Continue reading

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Bourgogne Aligoté with Chicken Breasts and Sun-dried Tomatoes in Tarragon and Paprika Sauce

The tomatoes and paprika save the creamy sauce from being too rich, but in turn are a bit of a challenge for the wine. D served new potatoes and courgettes as the vegetables and they don’t compete with the other … Continue reading

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Claret for Raymond Blanc’s Fillet Steak

A weekend treat for late summer, fillet steak topped with pesto sauce, accompanied by tappenade, concentrated tomatoes, sautée potatoes and French beans. There’s a lot of effort in preparing all the components but the result is wonderful. Just remember it … Continue reading

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An Experiment with Pinot Gris

Last night (wild) salmon with Pak Choi and Shitake mushrooms presented a challenge for wine choice. A good white burgundy would certainly have worked, but I was feeling experimental and we tried a Pinot Gris 2009 from Bennwihr in Alsace, … Continue reading

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Prawns in Thai Green Sauce with Alsace Riesling

I have long advocated Alsace (white) wines with oriental food, especially Thai, so prawns in Thai green sauce was the perfect opportunity to try two of the wines I had brought back from France. The wines were Weisskeller Sylvaner 2008, … Continue reading

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