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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First Barbie of the Year – Top Turkish Meatballs

The continuing sunny days encouraged D to schedule Yoğurtlu Köfte Kebabi – lamb meat balls served on a bed of toasted pitta that is covered with a tomato-based sauce, then yoghurt and finally garnished with roasted pine nuts and a … Continue reading

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Still Springing

Another lighter meal for an unusually warm spring – salmon with pak choy, shiitake mushrooms and noodles. The quite intense taste of wild salmon is complemented and broadened here by the dark flavours of the mushrooms, hence the need for … Continue reading

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Spring is Sprung – Chicken, spring veg and Gamay

A bout of warm, sunny weather and it’s time for chicken roasted with just a handful of tarragon inside it (new shoots, straight from the garden) and served with boiled new potatoes. Lightness is all so accompany with Beaujolais. But … Continue reading

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