Monthly Archives: April 2011

Ham Salad and Two Rieslings

It was a big joint of ham and the weather remains mild so the salads continue. Tonight’s was distinguished by a Waldorf salad, a particular favourite of mine. I had been looking for an opportunity to try some Rieslings and … Continue reading

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Ham Salad & Sylvaner

The previous day we had boiled ham with lentils which I last mentioned on Christmas Eve. With it we drank Pinot Gris. Tonight, with the cold ham D produced a combination of potato salad, beetroot, carrot rapé and leaves. We … Continue reading

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Salmon Trout with Herbs and New Potatoes

The dish is light and summery, salmon trout being more trout than salmon, subtler and less assertive. The herb coating adds some edge, but served with just new potatoes and salad leaves, it needs a white wine that offers some … Continue reading

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Lamb Meatballs with Sweet Potatoes and a Pair or Rhones

We don’t really know where this dish comes from, but it involves significant quantities of mint in the meatballs and a big squeeze of lime in the overall mix. Eat it with wholemeal pitta. This is another dish that needs … Continue reading

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Pork Chops in Mustard Sauce with Leeks and a Beaujolais

Leeks are probably my favourite vegetable, yet I only started to grow my own last year.  These are the first from our garden and what a treat. The light, onion taste, the residual crunch and the green colour all complement … Continue reading

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Sea Bass on a Potato Galette with a 2005 Chablis

A simple dish, but not easy to get right. Cooking fish requires accuracy of temperature and serious attention to timing. But do that and all it needs on a warm April evening is a salad of rocket leaves and a … Continue reading

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Another Barbecue – Lamb Skewers

The extraordinary weather, better than many a midsummer, has taken us outdoors to eat as often as possible. Last night I used the small barbecue again for skewers of lamb generously spiced, with cumin dominant. The trick is to brown … Continue reading

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