Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Croque Monsieur
It’s ages since I made a home made Croque Monsieur and it was so tasty and so easy that I had to share this super simple recipe with you.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Hazlenut parfait
This delicious hazlenut dessert can be prepared well in advance. It goes in the freezer and then you can just cut a slice as and when you need it.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – carrot, almond, orange and olive oil cake
A deliciously moist cake that makes a great partner to a cup of coffee in the morning or served as a dessert with a little creme fraiche.
Salon des Vins de Loire 2020 – Domaine Leduc Frouin
We miss our winemaker friends in Anjou so it was a pleasure to catch up with Antoine and Nathalie Leduc of Leduc Frouin at the Salon yesterday.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – cod en papillote with tomatoes and basil
This is an easy peasy recipe that is great fun to serve at the table. A succulent piece of cod on a bed of semi dried tomatoes with fresh basil and thyme.
What’s going on in the Loire vineyards in January?
Walking around the Vouvray vineyards these past few weeks I would have expected to see a hive of activity with growers out in the cold pruning.
Wine education – the Touraine appellation
The Touraine AOC is one of the biggest in the Loire. 5,000 ha (15,000 acres) between Chambord & Azay le Rideau passing by Chenonceaux & Chaumont-sur-Loire.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – basmati rice and lentils with raisins, dates, saffron & cumin
Rice and lentils together are a perfect combination. Add in some spices, a slow cooked caramelised onion and a touch of sweetnes and you have deliciousness.
What is duty when it comes to wine?
Duty is the tax that we pay on wine and can often account for a large proportion of the shelf price. It literally means ‘what is due’.
Technical wine vocabulary demystified – finish
When we taste wine professionally we always talk about the finish of a wine. What is that?
Cuvée de L’Artiste 2018 Chateau de Montdomaine
This 2018 Malbec (here called Côt) is a great example of the sunny vintage. It’s just packed with ripe bramble fruit and has lovely freshness.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Mojo Verde
Mojo verde is a green sauce that comes from the Canary Islands. This recipe comes from Diana Henry’s From the Oven to the Table.