Given the emphasis on wine with food and with company, you should perhaps know something about the grapeguru household and surroundings – the menage and mise-en-scene if you’re feeling continental.
Cooking is in the hands of D, long term partner and the best domestic cook I know. D has an amazingly discriminating palate and a lot of practice in the kitchen. She discovered long ago that cooking is one of the world’s great crafts and can’t see the point of going to weekly pottery classes to express herself when she can do it every day in her own kitchen and for an appreciative audience.
Occasional members include our three children who have left home. They all know their way around a menu, a vegetable shop, a butcher’s (well OK not the vegetarian) and a herb garden. This they learned at our table and is at least one reason they still visit.
We live in a small market town where you can still buy real food – fresh, unprocessed and often organic. We have butchers, vegetable shops, bakers, a cheese shop, a deli and a wine merchant plus the usual chains. We also have regular farmers’ markets and can buy poultry and pig products direct from local farms. We have our own small vegetable and herb gardens.
That means shopping daily for fresh food. And fresh food is seasonal food.