Chicken and guinea fowl in Riesling

Sometimes you find yourself stuck with some perfectly adequate but ultimately dull wine. I decided to cook up some Hyden Organics chicken in Riesling I just couldn’t face drinking and added some guinea fowl pieces just for laughs. When you are making a chicken casserole it is very important that you don’t use only breasts. … Continue reading Chicken and guinea fowl in Riesling

Bloody Marys and burgers

At the last Hampshire Farmers’ Market Editor Dani and I picked up two bottles of Isle of Wight tomato juice from The Tomato Stall and we thought they’d make great BMs to go with Woodlands Jersey Beef burgers. I present the two greatest recipes for Bloody Marys the world has ever seen. There are several … Continue reading Bloody Marys and burgers

Two 2005 Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Crus

I popped these two bottles of 2005 Premier Cru Nuits-Saint-Georges to have with some roast beef. They were extremely different in style and the bottle at double the price of the other, whilst easier to drink, was not the best wine. My lunch guest who took the title picture asked if I was old enough … Continue reading Two 2005 Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Crus

What a happy day it’s turned out to be!

When one starts thinking about super-elite producers like Domaine Dujac it is easy to get carried away with the heights of their vinous production. This Chambolle village from their negociant operation shows they are capable of the very highest quality across the board, even in less fashionable vintages. For those who don’t know, Dujac Fils … Continue reading What a happy day it’s turned out to be!

Quality beef and the book that tells you how to cook it

Recently I’ve been eating some extremely scrummy beef from Woodlands Jersey Beef which has exceeded all my expectations as far as the local cattle goes. In order to serve these excellent hunks of animal at their best I’ve scoured my food tomes for the ideal methods of preparation. This has led to me thinking there … Continue reading Quality beef and the book that tells you how to cook it

Natural wines: the mendacity and ego-mania

I have mentioned natural wines in passing on this site and I think those mentions have made it clear I have little time for the arseho… erm… ‘movement‘, but there have been a couple of spirited defences from respectable writers and I feel some direct comment is in order. Eric Asimov of the New York … Continue reading Natural wines: the mendacity and ego-mania