Monthly Archives: February 2011

Exceptional Meatballs – Paşa Köftesi

<p>Just about everyone seems to like meatballs which may account for the huge number of different recipes. Last night D tried a new one from our favourite source – Turkey. This came via Ozlem’s blog from Ozcan Ozan’s The Sultan’s … Continue reading

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Beef & Port with Mushrooms and a St Chinian

This recipe is the only survivor in our repertoire of the ‘70s Cordon Bleu part work. It uses rump skirt, and it’s important to get that right, plus port and enormous mushrooms that are served whole. Domaine Siméoni St Chinian … Continue reading

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Nothing if not Conventional – Roast Lamb and Rioja

The wine is The Society’s Rioja Crianza 2006. It is 13% alcohol and currently £6.95 from The Wine Society. What can I say? It is a classic combination and this Rioja is very reliable and very good value. It is … Continue reading

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Carmenère Tamed

It occurred to me as I sat looking at two half-bottles of fiercely concentrated Carmenère that there was a time when the French were famous for adding water to their wine – at the dinner table not in the bottling. … Continue reading

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Wines Made for Tasters

Musing on some of my recent experiences, I begin to wonder if wine-makers are now aiming their wines at wine reviewers rather than customers. I largely exclude the French from this charge, their arrogance would not permit such pandering, but … Continue reading

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Revisiting Carmenère

It is some years since I tried any wine made from Carmenère, a grape widely grown in Chile but originating in Bordeaux and belonging to the Cabernet family. It was sometimes mistaken for Merlot. My earlier exposure was not encouraging … Continue reading

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Moussaka and a Cotes du Rhone

The wine was Terres de Galets Cote du Rhone, 2009 by Gabriel Meffre via Sainsbury’s. It is 13.5% alcohol and currently marked down to £4.99 from a claimed £9.99. It claims to be “deep red in colour, round and harmonious … Continue reading

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Three Little Chardonnays Are We

In my quest for drinkable chardonnay at below Burgundy prices I recently picked up three bottles that looked promising. The excuse for opening them was a plan for two appropriate meals in succession, first salmon on a bed of lentils, … Continue reading

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