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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