Tag Archives: Syrah

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 D originally made enough for eight and froze three of the four pairs of portions.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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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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Pork Chops with Red Peppers; a Sauvignon Kickoff and a Choice of Reds

We began by sipping some Leyda Garuma Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc 2009 from Chile via the Wine Society. It is a single vineyard wine with huge, for Sauvignon, 14% alcohol, but much crisper than that might imply. The label says “Ripe … 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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Value in Crozes Hermitage?

I had spotted that Sainsbury were offering Crozes Hermitage les Trois Lys 2007 at an apparently competitive £6.99 and we are big fans of wines made purely from Syrah grapes. This one is made by the Caves de Tain co-op … 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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Y Polyn – the Best of Pub Dining and a Fine House Wine

A stop on the way home at Y Polyn in Capel Dewi, near Carmarthen. Some might call it a gastro pub, but I suspect that would upset the proprietors because it suggests pretension and Y Polyn is anything but. True, … 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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