Savoury Cheesecake with Spiced Chutney
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from www.bbc.co.uk by Simon Rimmer Serves 8 Ingredients: For the base 150gms oatcakes, crushed 125gms butter, melted For the topping 500gms ricotta cheese 200gms cream cheese 200gms Lancashire cheese, crumbled 5 free-range eggs 1 red onion, finely diced 1 tbsp … Read More

Cooking with Wine
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Keith Floyd was a passionate cook who liked a little wine (often while presenting his TV shows). His book on France is a delight. In his recipe for Pears in Red Wine he advises “wine not good enough to drink … Read More

Mushroom & Gruyere Bread Pudding
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From 100 Perfect Pairings by Jill Silverman Hough Serves 6 Ingredients: 3 cups milk (low-fat is OK) 1-1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme 1 tsp chopped fresh sage 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 4 tbsp … Read More

A Provencal Picnic
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Here I am in Provence for the summer, once again making sure readers of my blog get up-to-date advice on the local dry, fresh, and fruity pink wines produced in the area. I wanted to do a piece on Provencal … Read More

Field Salad with Snow Peas, Grapes & Goat’s Cheese
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Adapted from a recipe in “From Wine, Food & Friends” by Karen MacNeil Serves 6 Ingredients: 5 tbsp balsamic vinegar 5 tbsp fresh orange juice 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 ½ tsp sugar ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp … Read More

Green Pasta with Blue Cheese
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From Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson  Serves 2 hungry people Ingredients: 250g Trottole Verdi or any curled pasta of choice Salt for pasta water, to taste 125g Gorgonzola piccante, crumbled or chopped 100g baby or salad spinach leaves Freshly ground pepper, … Read More

Balsamic Mushrooms with Gorgonzola on Bruschetta
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From WeightWatchers.co.uk  Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 tsps Oil, Olive, extra virgin 1 clove Garlic, crushed 2 tsps Sun Dried Tomato Paste 200 g French Bread (4 x 50g slices), cut on an angle 225 g Mushrooms, sliced if large 50ml … Read More

U is for Umami
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I plan to talk about Wine Apps in a few days but couldn’t wait to let you know about “WineQuest” which, and I quote, “after a quick taste interview can predict if you’re going to love, like, or simply hate … Read More

T is for Tannin in Wine
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Tannin – found in red wine, is characterised by astringency (a dry or rough sensation in the mouth) and bitterness (detected by your tastebuds at the back of your tongue). Drinking a cup of strong tea without milk will offer … Read More

Pear-Cheese Strata
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  From Wine, Food & Friends, by Karen MacNeil Serves 10 Ingredients: Cooking Spray 10 (50gm) slices sturdy white bread 2 cups late harvest sweet riesling or other sweet white wine ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper 1 ½ … Read More

Moonblush Tomatoes
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From Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson Serves 8 Ingredients: 500 grams cherry tomatoes (on the vine or other baby tomatoes) 2 teaspoons maldon salt (or 1 teaspoon table salt) ¼ teaspoon white sugar 1 teaspoon dried thyme 2 tablespoons olive … Read More

Leek, Mushroom & Gruyère Quiche
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  From www.BBCGoodFood.com by Barney Desmazery Serves 8 Ingredients: 25g butter 4 leeks , sliced and washed 250g pack chestnut mushrooms , sliced 2 eggs 284ml double cream 140g Gruyère cheese, coarsely grated For the pastry: 280g plain flour 140g … Read More

C is for Cooking (with Wine)
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Obviously I could have written about Chardonnay although I have done that before, or indeed Champagne or Chenin Blanc but don’t worry they are in the pipeline as topics for this month’s blog challenge. Cooking with wine or cooking to … Read More

Goat’s Cheese, Pecan & Bacon Salad
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From BBC Good Food (www.bbcgoodfood.com)  Serves 2 Ingredients: ½ frisée lettuce, washed and root trimmed off 1 head chicory, split into leaves 1 handful pecans, toasted 100gm log goat’s cheese, cut into 4 slices 2 slices sourdough bread, toasted and … Read More

Potato, Parsnip & Porcini Gratin
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From Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson Serves 8 Ingredients: 10g dried porcini mushrooms 150ml boiling water from a kettle 50g butter 1 tbsp garlic oil 500ml milk 500ml double cream 3 star anise 1/2 tsp salt pepper 900g potatoes 900g … Read More

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