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  1. Food and Wine Matching – December 2018
    Posted On: November 30th, 2018

    Food and Wine Matching – December 2018

    Festive Fayre With a recently confirmed vegan in our household we'll be eating less meat this Christmas but I'm a traditionalist and won't be forgoing a turkey. I like to 'devil and pull' any left-overs on Boxing Day (see archive) which we will hopefully enjoy after a very long dog walk. Once most of the food preparation is out of...
  2. Food and Wine Matching - November 2018
    Posted On: November 1st, 2018

    Food and Wine Matching - November 2018

    As alluded to in September's 'Food and Wine Matching' I have recently been having to extend my repertoire of vegetarian dishes which has been a steep learning curve. Of all the meat substitutes I have experimented with I have had the most success with Quorn® which is widely available, high in protein, gluten free and low in saturated fat. It...
  3. Food and Wine Matching – October 2018
    Posted On: October 2nd, 2018

    Food and Wine Matching – October 2018

    Tray Facile With my eldest son heading off to university I have been trying to extend my (and hopefully by proxy his) repertoire of simple, healthy and inexpensive weekday dishes. I was therefore delighted to chance upon a cookbook I hadn't heard of by a writer unknown to me in my local bookshop. It is called 'The Green Roasting Tin...
  4. Food and Wine Matching – September 2018
    Posted On: September 3rd, 2018

    Food and Wine Matching – September 2018

    Vegging Out Somewhat to my surprise my heretofore meat eating son Will recently announced his intention to adopt a vegetarian diet being commendably concerned by questions of sustainability and animal welfare. Our household has been casually observing 'Meat Free Mondays' for a year or two now so the concept isn't completely alien but my repertoire of meat free dishes is...
  5. Food and Wine Matching - August 2018
    Posted On: July 31st, 2018

    Food and Wine Matching - August 2018

    'Le Pique-nique'.Silly 'Franglais' aside a picnic can be a thing of joy in the more clement months but they can also be disastrous. Planning is key and my mantra is 'keep it simple'. Ever since my co-director and step-brother Tom sat in a parentally-crafted pissaladière on an ill-fated trip to Chesil Beach (in mitigation he was only 6 years-old at...
  6. Food and Wine Matching – July 2018
    Posted On: July 3rd, 2018

    Food and Wine Matching – July 2018

    Salad Days • SpongeBob: "Two... sa-lads. Never heard of it. I got to stay hip. I don't want to end up like silly old Squidward. But what in the name of Davy Jones' locker is a sa-lad?" "Here you go. Two sa-lads." • Pearl: "Ew, gross. Those aren't salads. Take those back. Remove the bun, the patty and the condiments...
  7. Food and Wine Matching – June 2018
    Posted On: May 31st, 2018

    Food and Wine Matching – June 2018

    The Father of Invention.I have a limited repertoire of about 25 different dishes that I can knock up quickly to feed our family of four after finishing work, grabbing ingredients from the shops and walking our dogs. This month it seems I have cooked them all, so last night, bereft of inspiration, I decided to improvise by buying some disparate...
  8. Food and Wine Matching – May 2018
    Posted On: May 3rd, 2018

    Food and Wine Matching – May 2018

    "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!" This irritating yet strangely unforgettable refrain allegedly originates from the Las Vegas strip in the 1970s when a standard bet was $2, which was also enough to pay for the most common in house set meal the ‘chicken dinner’. Hosts on slow moving tables would repeat the incantation indicating that a single winning bet would be...
  9. Food and Wine Matching - April 2018
    Posted On: March 29th, 2018

    Food and Wine Matching - April 2018

    With Spring officially underway and Easter approaching my thoughts turn to new season's lamb for entertaining family and friends. My default dish is lamb 'boulangère' whereby you slow cook a shoulder or leg on a bed of herbs, stock and sliced potatoes but, in an effort to ring the changes, I have been experimenting with lamb with North African spices...
  10. Food and Wine Matching - March 2018
    Posted On: March 1st, 2018

    Food and Wine Matching - March 2018

    A consummate master of self-reinvention Jamie Oliver's magnificently minimalist '5 Ingredients – Quick and Easy Food' topped the best-sellers list in the UK last year. It wasn't the best-selling cookbook, it was the best-selling book bar none; shifting an astonishing 716,071 hardback volumes. It's premise is simple (as the title suggests) each recipe uses only 5 key ingredients. It does...

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