1. Food and Wine Matching – March 2023
    Posted On: March 1st, 2023

    Food and Wine Matching – March 2023

    Fried Pork Chops in Cider with Hasselback Potatoes & Brussel Sprouts When I have a day to myself, I enjoy a spot of leisurely food shopping and try to innovate, compiling a dish that is new to me and that can be enjoyed à deux as our evening meal. Yesterday was such an occasion and […]
  2. Food and Wine Matching – February 2023
    Posted On: February 1st, 2023

    Food and Wine Matching – February 2023

    Moules Marinière There is currently much concern regarding the sustainability of lots of seafood and the impact of over-fishing and climate change. Happily, one type of seafood is simple to both source and cultivate and remains plentiful, inexpensive, delicious and easy to cook. Bring on, one of my favourite bivalves – mussels. Why mussels are […]
  3. Food and Wine Matching – January 2023
    Posted On: January 5th, 2023

    Food and Wine Matching – January 2023

    Sardine Spaghetti Sauce This recipe was taught to me, and served to me, by Pippa’s niece Ursula who is a resourceful and inventive force in the kitchen and a welcome visitor. This versatile store cupboard dish is useful to fall back on throughout the year.   Ingredients: (Serves 4 people) Dried Durum Wheat Spaghetti x […]
  4. 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 […]
  5. 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, […]
  6. Food and Wine Matching - June 2016
    Posted On: June 1st, 2016

    Food and Wine Matching - June 2016

    Like many Alpha males Mr Yapp senior has always been an enthusiastic al fresco chef and unlike many he is a competent one. The only problem being that he has so many children and grand-children that invitations to partake of his cuisine are necessarily limited. Fortunately he has passed on some of his recipes so […]
  7. Reasons to be Cheerful - Part One
    Posted On: May 3rd, 2016

    Reasons to be Cheerful - Part One

    Having done untold damage to my left knee in an infinitely regrettable skiing mishap in March I have been even grumpier than usual as I contemplate limping through middle age. Still, it's not all bad, I can drive and swim and walk and work so ought to accentuate the positive. One thing that brings cheer […]
  8. Food and Wine Matching – April 2016
    Posted On: March 30th, 2016

    Food and Wine Matching – April 2016

    In today's world of convenience foods and year round availability of all manner of produce it is hard to imagine the constraints of the 'hunger gap' our ancestors endured when the previous season's brassicas bolted and new crops had yet to reach fruition. In those days people had to fall back on stored potatoes and […]
  9. Food and Wine Matching – November 2015
    Posted On: November 2nd, 2015

    Food and Wine Matching – November 2015

    Now that the clocks have gone back and the nights have drawn in it is time to turn ones focus on warming, wintery dishes and suitably robust wines. A staple of the Yapp household is 'no brain chicken' for which credit for the recipe and its title goes to the food and drink journalist Richard […]
  10. Food and Wine Matching – October 2015
    Posted On: October 1st, 2015

    Food and Wine Matching – October 2015

    Raspberry, gooseberry, apple, jam tart – tell me the name of your sweetheart. I always like to think that nature's compensation for shorter days and chillier nights is the rich harvest of produce that becomes available in the autumn – game, hedgerow berries, fungi, pumpkins, sweet orchard fruit and brassicas are all a cause for […]

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