Tag Archives: Grenache

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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Daube de Boeuf and a Surprising Rhone

Daube de boeuf is one of those simple comforting winter dishes that we ought to eat more of. All it requires is getting the right ingredients, and as always that is not the same as ‘almost the same’ or ‘this … Continue reading

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Opportunity in a Fallback; a ‘little’ Languedoc

I knew all day that D was going for a girls’ night out, but still forgot to buy what I needed to cook for myself. T**** was still open, of course, but to be seen buying meat in a supermarket … Continue reading

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Lamb Chump Steak with Pesto and Cotes du Rhone

We had some of the constituents of Raymond Blanc’s steak recipe left over so D tried the same treatment with lamb steaks; pesto sauce on top, tappenade and concentrated tomatoes alongside, plus sautée potatoes and some of our own beans. … Continue reading

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Roast Chicken with a Rosé

Clinging desperately to what’s left of our summer, D went for a local chicken (our local farmer/butcher again) roasted with lemon and herbs and served with lots of vegetables – French beans, courgettes and potatoes, the last new and boiled … Continue reading

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