Monthly Archives: October 2010

Ham with Lentils and Baked Onions – Red or White?

Another simple and robust dish that takes some work but does not require refined skills, nor fancier tools than a sharp knife, big pans, a baking tray and a sieve. If you can’t manage that why are you reading this … Continue reading

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Daube de Boeuf and a Surprising Rhone

Daube de boeuf is one of those simple comforting winter dishes that we ought to eat more of. All it requires is getting the right ingredients, and as always that is not the same as ‘almost the same’ or ‘this … Continue reading

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Friday, Fish and a Venturesome White

Friday still seems to be associated with fish and our new fish shop deserves our support so monkfish it is. D used a Raymond Blanc recipe ‘Roasted fillet of monkfish with mustard and tarragon sauce’. The tarragon came from the … Continue reading

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Mismatch Alert!

Some of D’s best (beef) meatballs in a strong tomato-based sauce served with noodles or tagliatelle and (Greek) yoghurt – a very good and popular meal. The problem was that I thought we should ‘just’ use up the last of … Continue reading

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Grapeguru in the Cellar

Only in the last nine years have I had a real cellar – underground, dark, a bit damp and with a fairly stable cool temperature. Once we moved in, I started buying wine en primeur and laying it down for … Continue reading

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The Wine Society Explores Matching

The Wine Society is improving its website and seems to have added a section on wine and food matching. It is pitched at a general level, but that’s sensible if you aim to have just a few pages that you … Continue reading

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General Purpose House Whites, or Not

Today I was struck by the realisation that I can’t nominate a single general purpose white. White wines seem too different to me, and the blends that are supposed to be widely enjoyable lack the distinctive tastes that are the … Continue reading

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