Tag Archives: Grenache

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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Patliçanli Kebabçi and Cote du Rhone

Because we were going out to a film afterwards, there was little time to cook so the meal came from the freezer. D originally made enough for eight and froze three of the four pairs of portions. This is authentically … Continue reading

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Mezze with Rosé

The mezze that you can see in the picture are smoked aubergines with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds, hummus, tabbouleh and beetroot with yoghurt. Some fetta  ups the protein content, and removes any residual need for salt. We ate it … 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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Moussaka and a Cotes du Roussillon Villages

Moussaka is a rather rich combination that needs some crisp, sharp-tasting leaves and some bland bread to mop up the sauce. The wine needs to be red, fruity and fresh, but with more heft than sayBeaujolais. I chose Cotes du … Continue reading

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Daube de Boeuf and Two European Reds

The daube is quite robust; it’s easy to forget that even quite far south in France, summer nights can be chilly and a robust meal, especially for a farmer, is essential. And here we are in a cool British May. … Continue reading

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Patlican Kebabi and Reds from the Pays d’Oc

We would call it Aubergine Pot Stew; in Turkey it is the much more exotic sounding Patliçanli Tençere Kebabi. This is aubergines and lamb, which anyway go together perfectly, plus onions, potatoes and carrots that blend in beautifully. Despite being … Continue reading

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Wine with Bangers and Mash? And Blending Grapes

Fond as we are of sausages in the UK, we somehow can’t accept them as ‘proper’ food, only as something easy. Compare that with the host of continental sausages and salamis or, even better, French andouillettes which are made from … Continue reading

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Moussaka and a Cotes du Rhone

The wine was Terres de Galets Cote du Rhone, 2009 by Gabriel Meffre via Sainsbury’s. It is 13.5% alcohol and currently marked down to £4.99 from a claimed £9.99. It claims to be “deep red in colour, round and harmonious … Continue reading

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If there must be winter, let there be Carbonnades a la Flamande and Southern Rhone reds.

The carbonnade is a Sophie Grigson recipe, essentially a beef and onion casserole topped with rounds of French bread ‘buttered’ with (French) mustard. The bread goes in late in the cooking but not so late that it fails to end … Continue reading

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