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Food and Wine Matching

  1. Food and Wine Matching – April 2017
    Posted On: March 31st, 2017

    Food and Wine Matching – April 2017

    In an effort to ensure we eat healthily and to divert some of our household expenditure from the supermarkets we are weekly recipients of an organic veg box chez Yapp. While I think this is an admirable idea (and they do include some useful recipes) you can soon find yourself stockpiling some of the less popular and perishable vegetables if...
  2. Food and Wine Matching – March 2017
    Posted On: March 1st, 2017

    Food and Wine Matching – March 2017

    When in need of culinary inspiration, I regularly find myself turning to Elizabeth David's range of cookery books handed down to me by my late father (each inscribed by him with the foreboding words 'Not to be removed from Maison Ashworth'). Whether this meant his house, or it's a supernatural warning from the other side, I am never quite sure...
  3. Food and Wine Matching – February 2017
    Posted On: February 1st, 2017

    Food and Wine Matching – February 2017

    While January is a strong contender for my least favourite month February runs it a close second. We are in the midst of the 'hunger gap' when there is a paucity of fresh local fruit and vegetables and the dark evenings and bleak weather don't help matters.What is required in these circumstances is cheering and restorative comfort food and few...
  4. Food and Wine Matching – January 2017
    Posted On: January 3rd, 2017

    Food and Wine Matching – January 2017

    At the time of writing I very much hope that Father Christmas or my mother (I sent both the link) will furnish me with a 6.7 litre, matt black Le Creuset casserole in which I intend to cook a Daube Provençale for my metrosexual male book group. We've been reading 'Rogue Male' by Geoffrey Household and although it was published...
  5. Food and Wine Matching - December 2016
    Posted On: December 1st, 2016

    Food and Wine Matching - December 2016

    I am something of a creature of habit, formerly dubbed 'Rain Man' by my meaner siblings, so I know that a Norfolk Bronze Turkey from Stourhead Farm Shop is going to be gracing the festive table chez Yapp this year - because that is what we always have. Although I'll only be dining with immediate family I usually order quite...
  6. Food and Wine Matching - November 2016
    Posted On: October 31st, 2016

    Food and Wine Matching - November 2016

    As the days shorten and the temperature starts to drop there is much culinary pleasure to be had in baking and roasting vegetables to provide healthy and hearty dishes on a modest budget. Twice-baked potatoes are a family favourite - you simply bake potatoes then halve them before scooping out the insides and mashing them with butter. You then refill...
  7. Food and Wine Matching – October 2016
    Posted On: October 3rd, 2016

    Food and Wine Matching – October 2016

    The fabulous riches of the Autumn larder are nature's compensation for Summer's parting and as I reacclimatise to muddy, misty dog walks, stacking firewood and washing school uniform I realise that there is much to look forward to – wild mushrooms, flavoursome root vegetables and gourds, hedgerow fruit and game in all its glory. As the salads and frittatas of...
  8. Food and Wine Matching – September 2016
    Posted On: September 1st, 2016

    Food and Wine Matching – September 2016

    My mantra in the kitchen is 'keep it simple' but this month's late summer recipe is the exception that proves the rule as it is quite an ordeal to prepare. To that end I tend to process it in stages starting the previous evening and re-visiting it throughout the day. As with most dishes which involve an element of self-assembly...
  9. Salad Days
    Posted On: August 1st, 2016

    Salad Days

    I come from a generation of unsophisticated British males for whom the word 'salad' is an anathema recalling school day servings of wilted lettuce and unripe tomatoes. Consequently I have always believed that the best salads are the ones that contain the fewest actual saladings and the most carbs and protein. Your 'Lyonnaise' is a fine example featuring good things...
  10. Déjeuner sur l’herbe
    Posted On: July 1st, 2016

    Déjeuner sur l’herbe

    In high Summer it is great fun to pack up a picnic and head off to an isolated spot of countryside, preferably not too far from a body of water, and busy oneself doing as little as possible. Perhaps some light reading – I highly recommend David Bell's wonderfully concise biography of Napoleon not least for its brevity. Apparently the...