Category Archives: Red wine

Italian Experiments Featuring Veal

I am trying not to refer to ‘old friends’ but to ‘friends of long standing’; that ‘old’ is getting too suggestive. However, among these friends of long standing are R & J who I have known since college days and … Continue reading

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Steak and Baked Vegetables with Aubergine Sauce – Burgundy

This is a Nigel Slater recipe that sounded delicious and seemed to cry out forBurgundy. I didn’t read the recipe in full until I had decanted a bottle of rather good Burgundy – and then I saw the problem. Had … Continue reading

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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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Moussaka and Two Modest Corbières

This was an excuse to try some of the bottom end wines I recently bought in supermarkets. Moussaka is not very demanding; the richness of the lamb, earthy aubergines and the creamy top make for a thick tasting combination. A … Continue reading

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Roast Lamb, Chianti and Aperitifs

To set up our tastebuds we continued to sip some of some last night’s Macon-Villages from ASDA and added another, J Sainsbury Taste the Difference Macon-Villages 2010. this one comes from Prissé rather than Lugny and it costs rather more … Continue reading

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Pizza and Chianti Lunch

D was demonstrating breadmaking so lunchtime found us eating home made pizza on the patio and enjoying some late summer sun. This was absolutely straightforward pizza – tomatoes mozzarella and olives plus, on some, a little salami. What better excuse … Continue reading

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Fillet of Beef a la Skye Gyngell with Burgundy

The recipe has something in common with Raymond Blanc’s of 23 July – pesto, tomatoes and a generally light approach. However Skye’s is even lighter and adds a particularly delicate horseradish sauce and a lot of salad. The potatoes are … Continue reading

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Fillet of Lamb with Couscous and an ASDA Exploration

Our aperitif was to sample a bottle of Macon-Villages Chardonnay, Caves de Lugny 2010. This is 13% alcohol and just £5.00 from ASDA. The label says “Crisp & elegant with apple and citrus flavours, beautifully balanced, with a hint of … Continue reading

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