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  1. Food and Wine Matching - February 2018
    Posted On: January 31st, 2018

    Food and Wine Matching - February 2018

    If I am blessed with some down time at the weekend I like nothing more than tuning in to the inexhaustible 'Desert Island Discs' podcast archive and faffing around in the kitchen. I like to batch cook semi-industrial quantities of Bolognese sauce (ragù if we are purist) much of which I freeze for subsequent deployment when more pressed.    ...
  2. Food and Wine Matching - January 2018
    Posted On: January 3rd, 2018

    Food and Wine Matching - January 2018

    After the Christmas festivities and New Year celebrations January can seem an awfully cold, long and cheerless month. To that end I try and cook some warming, restorative dishes that can be served up from a single pot in generous portions. One such is 'Braised Pork with Rigatoni' from Allegra McEvedy's magnificent 'Leon Ingredients and Recipes' cookbook.     The...
  3. Food and Wine Matching - December 2017
    Posted On: December 7th, 2017

    Food and Wine Matching - December 2017

    There will be 15 of us dining chez Yapp on Christmas Day so I am not banking on having sufficient left-overs for our traditional Boxing Day repast of 'Pulled and Devilled' turkey. This is an excellent 18th Century English dish re-discovered by Jane Grigson and featured in her award winning 1974 cookbook 'English Food'. The 'devilling' involves marinating all the...
  4. Food and Wine Matching - November 2017
    Posted On: November 1st, 2017

    Food and Wine Matching - November 2017

    As a father of teenage sons, who are both over 6 foot tall, and can wolf down quite extraordinary volumes of food in a single sitting it is imperative that my culinary repertoire includes some staple dishes that are cheap and easy to prepare and sufficiently tasty to be trotted out frequently. One such is 'Spicy Sausage Pasta' from which...
  5. Food and Wine Matching - October 2017
    Posted On: October 2nd, 2017

    Food and Wine Matching - October 2017

    As leaves start to change colour and the evenings draw in the picnics and barbecues of Summer seem a distant memory and we can now focus on the news season's game and wild mushrooms. These stronger, darker flavours suit the weather and open up a whole raft of wine matching options as bigger, bolder wines come into play.    ...
  6. Food and Wine Matching – September 2017
    Posted On: September 4th, 2017

    Food and Wine Matching – September 2017

    It fell upon me to host my book group's most recent meeting and thankfully my book choice of 'Dodgers' by Bill Beverly was extremely well-received. Beverly's debut novel is about a road trip undertaken by a group of youthful LA gang members who are sent on a cross-country mission by their overlord. It's gripping stuff but not for the squeamish...
  7. Food and Wine Matching - August 2017
    Posted On: August 1st, 2017

    Food and Wine Matching - August 2017

    Les Grandes Vacances Every August la famille Yapp decamps to the Dordogne in an estate car packed with tents, bikes, dogs and disaffected youth. The southward journey is horrendous but after twenty consecutive years we have at least agreed upon the best route and CDs of Simon Brett's marvellous Charles Paris mysteries, narrated with aplomb by Bill Nighy, provide great...
  8. Food and Wine Matching – July 2017
    Posted On: June 30th, 2017

    Food and Wine Matching – July 2017

    Those looking for a mid-summer West Country picnic spot could do far worse than visit our courtyard here in Mere where our prized agapanthus are in bloom and you can enjoy a glass of wine in a serene setting beside the fountain. If you drop us a line before you set out we will happily chill anything on our list...
  9. Food and Wine Matching - June 2017
    Posted On: June 1st, 2017

    Food and Wine Matching - June 2017

    If I am entertaining at home I always favour dishes that can be prepared in advance so I can give guests my full attention without the distraction of wondering whether a soufflé is going to rise or not. One standard that has proved both easy to make and reliable is a Thai salmon curry. I put a heavy enamelled casserole...
  10. Food and Wine Matching - May 2017
    Posted On: April 28th, 2017

    Food and Wine Matching - May 2017

    Aspire to Asparagus The British asparagus season runs from the end of April until June and is a cause for celebration. Having eschewed inferior imports since the end of last season I intend to spend the month of May gorging on it, as it is by far my favourite vegetable. The British Asparagus Producers Association website (http://britishasparagus.com/) recommends five methods...

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