Monthly Archives: July 2011

Pork Fillet stuffed with Prunes and a Claret

The dish is best known in the Loire and D has cooked variations on the theme for longer than she would want me to reveal. This kind of longevity is achieved only by classic combinations and that is what we … Continue reading

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Jancis Hymns Beaujolais

In today’s FT Magazine Jancis Robinson gives a well-deserved boost to much improved Beaujolais. The region is fighting back against the persisting reputation of thin, acidic Beaujolais Nouveau to re-establish its quality. Though the 2008s were a bit light, the … Continue reading

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Lamb Steak & Ratatouille with Rhone

As we progress into the late summer (somewhere, not here) and peppers and aubergines become plentiful, it’s time for ratatouille. Tonight D paired it with grilled lamb (leg) steaks. To mop up the juice we used some of D’s bread. … Continue reading

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Grilled Chicken with a Red Pepper Salsa and Rose

In honour of our first spell of sunny weather for weeks, we ate this lovely light meal in the garden. The chicken is simply grilled – though it’s not so simple to get the inside just cooked while the skin … Continue reading

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Fillet Steak a la Raymond Blanc with Burgundy

Tonight was an occasion for celebration and D produced one of her tours de force: fillet steak, a carefully concentrated tomato sauce, pesto, tappenade and some sautée potatoes for contrast and self indulgence. There are a lot of tastes on … Continue reading

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Pork Chops with Red Peppers and Cote du Rhone

We began with a Sauvignon Blanc aperitif, a Concha y Toro, Corte Ignacio Ucuquer Sauvignon Blanc 2010 from the Rapel Valley in Chile. It is a ‘selected’ Sauvignon of 13.5% alcohol and cost £6.25 from the Wine Society (normally £7.50). … Continue reading

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Cod & Courgette Parcels with Muscadet

Cod sits on a bed of spinach with some courgettes from the garden and a few black olives. The whole lot goes in the oven in a paper parcel for 15 minutes – just enough that the fish is no … Continue reading

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