Monthly Archives: August 2011

Pasta with Aubergines and Two Italian Reds

The pasta sauce appears very simple with few constituents and not too much effort in the cooking, but the result is a remarkably powerful and complex flavour. The simplicity means that every ingredient counts, especially the aubergines, tomatoes, a lot … Continue reading

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Lamb Steaks with Two Rhones

The summer never developed into barbecue weather but we can still create an illusion with some barbecue-like dishes. Tonight it was lamb steaks with which we tried two supermarket Cotes du Rhone: JS Taste the Difference Cote du Rhone Villages … Continue reading

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Pork Chops with Sourdough Salsa and Beaujolais

I’m getting predictable; pork with Beaujolais in late summer should no longer be a surprise. But actually the point is to find out the things that go together and to stick with them. Anyone who really cares will continue to … Continue reading

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Grilled Chicken with Courgette Rösti and Another Chardonnay

The chicken legs are grilled simply, but properly – almost crisp on the outside, still pink and juicy within. They are presented on a bed of mixed leaves and accompanied by a courgette rösti which is made much like a … Continue reading

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Salmon & Lentils with Burgundy

We have had the meal before, see my 3 June post, when we tried it – successfully – with Pinot Gris Bit I have been buying cheap wines and we had some JS TTD Macon-Villages open. For comparison I also … Continue reading

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The Quest for Affordable but Drinkable Chardonnay

Not as snappy a title as the one with the Holy Grail, but still a serious quest for what might yet prove to be a myth. My Supermarket Raid and Wine Society delivery resulted in six Chardonnays with prices from … Continue reading

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Plaice with Basil and Tomatoes with Muscadet

The Muscadet was Chateau l’Oiselinière de la Ramée 2009 – an exceptional year for the region and the appelation. It came from the Wine Society at £7.95 and is 12% alcohol. This is not rock bottom Muscadet and that was … Continue reading

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