Food and Wine Matching

  1. Food and Wine Matching – May 2022
    Posted On: May 3rd, 2022

    Food and Wine Matching – May 2022

    Salmon Fillets with Masala Sauce, Basmati Rice and Green Beans The inspiration for my masala sauce comes from Madhur Jaffrey's excellent 'Curry Easy' that was published in 2010 and proved a culinary game changer for our household. It is very clearly and well written and contains terrific photographs to boot.   Ingredients: (Serves 3 to 4 adults) Salmon Fillet x...
  2. Food and Wine Matching – April 2022
    Posted On: March 31st, 2022

    Food and Wine Matching – April 2022

    Roast Lamb with Gratin Dauphinois and Brussel Sprouts Whilst I always aim for a minimum of fuss when cooking I am sufficiently enamored of gratin dauphinois to think it merits an additional 10 minutes or so preparation time. Purists – especially French ones – are horrified by the idea of adding cheese but I’ve tried it with and without on...
  3. Food and Wine Matching – March 2022
    Posted On: February 28th, 2022

    Food and Wine Matching – March 2022

    Stewed Beef with Mashed Potato and Celeriac and Watercress Happily, I'm now at an age when I seldom need to refer to texts for stalwart dishes. I rely on a combination of knowledge accrued from reading the likes of Elizabeth David and Nigel Slater as well as from eating with my parents and siblings, coupled with a general feel for...
  4. Food and Wine Matching – February 2022
    Posted On: February 1st, 2022

    Food and Wine Matching – February 2022

    Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese or ‘Ragu’. I recently cooked this dish for two friends who are both mothers of hungry teenagers and they both asked me for the recipe so it can't have been a bad rendition. My original inspiration came from Claudia Roden's superb 'The Food of Italy' (Vintage) but it is years since I've referred to her text and...
  5. Food and Wine Matching – January 2022
    Posted On: January 4th, 2022

    Food and Wine Matching – January 2022

    Kalamata Olive and Chorizo Rigatoni with Onion, Peppers and Passata.   Ingredients: (Serves 4) Pitted Kalamata olives x 70g Spicy chorizo x 40g (peeled & sliced to 4-5mm rounds) Durum wheat rigatoni x 250g Passata x 540g p Spanish onion x 1 (finely-diced) Fresh red chilli x 2 Large garlic cloves x 2 (thinly-sliced) Red peppers x 2 Olive oil...
  6. Food and Wine Matching – December 2021
    Posted On: November 30th, 2021

    Food and Wine Matching – December 2021

    Brussel Sprout and Pork Loin Stir Fry with Rice Noodles Few people are happier than I am when sprouts come into season as, although they are all too frequently abusively cooked, they are amongst the tastiest and healthiest of vegetables that can uplift simple dishes to new heights. I've always been a believer in the 'market shopping' mentality of buying...
  7. Food and Wine Matching – November 2021
    Posted On: October 28th, 2021

    Food and Wine Matching – November 2021

    Contemplating Carbonara I have long been an admirer of one of the most simple and satisfying pasta sauces – spaghetti alla carbonara – which combines eggs, bacon and spaghetti to great effect. I had always assumed that its origins dated back to medieval times but if that is the case it is not well-documented. Culinary folklore maintains that it is...
  8. Food and Wine Matching – October 2021
    Posted On: September 30th, 2021

    Food and Wine Matching – October 2021

    Haddock with Serrano Ham, Puy Lentils and Broccoli This combination of fish, ham, lentils and broccoli makes for a quick and easy to prepare, healthy and tasty supper. Ingredients: (Serves 2) Line Caught Boneless Haddock Loin Fillets x 2 . Air-dried Serrano ham x 4 slices Pre-cooked Puy Lentils x 1 pouch Tenderstem broccoli x 200g Unwaxed lemon x 1...
  9. Food and Wine Matching – September 2021
    Posted On: September 1st, 2021

    Food and Wine Matching – September 2021

    Crab Linguine with Chilli and Garlic These ingredients are both easy to prepare and satisfying to eat, so they make for a convenient mid-week supper. Purists use fresh crab which is great if you have access to it, but I find the prepared pots of chilled crabmeat that are widely available very convenient and easy to use. Ingredients: (Serves 2...
  10. Food and Wine Matching – August 2021
    Posted On: July 30th, 2021

    Food and Wine Matching – August 2021

    Resplendent Risotto I am indebted to Rome resident and Guardian food feature writer Rachel Roddy for her six part process for making resoundingly reliable risotto. She was told the tips by a friend so I assume she is magnanimous about my sharing them with you.   Tomato Risotto (Serves Four) 1. Slowly soften a finely diced medium sized Spanish onion...

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