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  1. Food and Wine Matching - November 2019
    Posted On: October 31st, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching - November 2019

    Roast Lamb Steaks with Broccoli, Chimichurri and Gratin Dauphinois This month's entry is, I concede, a questionable cross-continental mish-mash but I had been living out of a suitcase for ten days on a buying trip and it was what I fancied cooking and eating. I didn't refer to any texts so my quantities and timings are approximate.     Chimichurri...
  2. Food and Wine Matching – October 2019
    Posted On: October 1st, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching – October 2019

    Poulet au Citron Now that my beloved (and vegan) progeny have departed to their seats of learning and the proverbial nest is empty (and tidy!) I look forward once more to roast chicken. I favour a simple recipe with lemons, for which I think Marcella Hazan is the fons et origo but I have cooked this so many times it...
  3. Food and Wine Matching – September 2019
    Posted On: September 3rd, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching – September 2019

    I have previously praised Rukmini Iyer’s ground-breaking ‘The Green Roasting Tin’ for the variety of its recipes and their ease of execution. That said, Ms Iyer, like most of her profession, is disingenuous about some of her prep times. ‘Ten minutes’ might be viable with a sous-chef but I need at least quarter of an hour for anything that involves...
  4. Food and Wine Matching – August 2019
    Posted On: August 1st, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching – August 2019

    Veg Every Day A recent trip to visit my octogenarian progenitress in Devon found her enthusing about a newly-acquired cookery book, the latest addition to an extensive library that dates back to battle scarred early editions of Robert Carrier and Elizabeth David. The volume in question was yet another offering from fellow Devonian, environmental activist and author Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall entitled...
  5. Food and Wine Matching – July 2019
    Posted On: June 28th, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching – July 2019

    For various reasons my household is consuming much less meat these days but meaty fish, like tuna or swordfish, is a welcome ingredient when any committed vegetarians are absent. Griddled Tuna Steaks with Mexican Rice and Tomato Salsa . Mexican Rice: Olive oil Spanish onion x 1 Garlic cloves x 2 Long grain rice x 200g Vegetable stock (hot) x...
  6. Food and Wine Matching – June 2019
    Posted On: May 30th, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching – June 2019

    To celebrate the end of exams and the school year I will be breaking out the barbecue in June for some relaxed entertaining at home. I favour a barbecue with a large surface area so I can bank the charcoal more heavily to one end and have a space without charcoal (and intense heat) at one side of the cooking...
  7. Food and Wine Matching – May 2019
    Posted On: April 26th, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching – May 2019

    Aspire to Asparagus When this sceptred isle is finally expunged from the map of Europe, we can take solace in the enjoyment of our native asparagus. The season runs from 23rd April (aptly Saint George’s Day) until the 1st June and during that window of opportunity I consume it with abandon. Salads, soups (both hot and cold), quiches and stir-frys...
  8. Food and Wine Matching – April 2019
    Posted On: March 28th, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching – April 2019

    One of my default dishes at Easter time is ‘Lamb Boulangère‘ or ‘Épaule d’Agneau Boulangère’ to give it its full French title. It can be prepared in advance and is simplicity itself to cook so wins on those counts. It is also seasonal, tasty and good for feeding quite a large family gathering – hence its’ enduring popularity. The name...
  9. Food and Wine Matching - March 2019
    Posted On: March 1st, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching - March 2019

    Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Fusilli, Chilli and Garlic Serves 4 adults Early March is hardly the most bounteous moment in the British culinary calendar but it is a time to enjoy brassicas before they bolt in spring sunshine and one of the finest and most versatile is purple sprouting broccoli. For a quick and easy mid-week supper soften eight finely-sliced...
  10. Food and Wine Matching - February 2019
    Posted On: January 31st, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching - February 2019

    Mussels in Brussels A recent trip to Brussels reminded me just how restorative a steaming bowl of moules can be. We had been toiling the streets for hours in the cold and rain when we chanced upon a hostelry called 'Les Brassins' on rue Keyenveld that was offering mussels as the plat du jour. Although my default order is for...

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