Monthly Archives: January 2011

Roast Beef and a Developing Romance with Burgundy

There is nothing to beat beef, from a good breed, hung long enough to develop the taste and tenderness I like and cooked to remain decidedly pink in the middle. It’s also expensive. Fortunately a joint that’s big enough to … Continue reading

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Braised Lamb with Flageolet Beans – revisiting Delia

The recipe, from the much–maligned Delia Smith, is in a very French Provincial style, which is to say it’s wonderful. The lamb and beans are all together in the casserole together with some small, whole tomatoes which are obviously added … Continue reading

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A Riesling Aperitif

The wine was a Ruppertsberger, Hoheburg 2009 Riesling Kabinett, just 10.5% alcohol and £6.50 from the Wine Society. It is decidedly off-dry; the WS rates it as a 3 on its 1 – 9 scale from bone dry to ultimate … Continue reading

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A Dining Experience – La Bécasse

A celebration in our family tends to involve a special meal which, this time, took the form of an outing to La Bécasse, a Michelin starred restaurant in Ludlow, Shropshire whose chef is Will Holland. This is very serious cooking, … Continue reading

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Happy New VAT

The Wine Society’s Opening Offer of Rhone and Languedoc wine, hit the doormat yesterday. Browsing it and speculating on what I might be prepared to ‘invest’ in the best Rhone vintage since 1990 and possibly 1982, I was struck by … Continue reading

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Another Chicken Salad, Another White Wine – Roussanne

Tonight we polished off the last of Sunday’s roast chicken. A salad with avocado and spinach leaves was accompanied by toasted pitta. The wine was Vin de Pays d’Oc, Roussanne, 2009, Domaine du Bosc. This is made by Pierre Besinet … Continue reading

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Chicken and Bacon Salad with a Portuguese White

I had never before heard of the Maria Gomes grape, but the Wine Society gave a good account of its Bossa Branco 2008 from the Bairrada region which is 100% Maria Gomes. It is also 12.5% alcohol and costs £5.95. … Continue reading

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Pre-prandial Single-Vineyard Sauvignon from Chile

Last night, with roast chicken, we finished the two bottles of CdR we had started the day before. As an aperitif I opened a new Leyda, Garuma Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009 from Chile via the Wine Society. It’s a big … Continue reading

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Pork Chops with Red Peppers and a Pair from the Rhone

As in so many classic dishes the potentially heavy taste of the pork is set off by juicy fruit, in this case, red peppers done in white wine. Add some spinach for a sharp mineral contrast to both the peppers … Continue reading

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A New White Wine with Fish Pie

The fish pie is white fish and a few prawns in sauce and with a topping of mashed potato. Just serve with green veg, ideally something a bit crunchy and slightly bitter to contrast in texture and taste with the … Continue reading

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