Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update 2nd August 2020.
It’s been a hot week in the Loire with us chasing the shade during the day and eating inside until the sun goes down.
Life in the Loire after lock down. Weekly update 26th July 2020.
It almost felt like I was back at work this week. Two great visits to taste wine and see growers – one that we know from long ago and another new one.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – courgette ribbons with chilli, lemon and mint
Another super easy recipe for your summer table. This is delicious and takes just 5 minutes to prepare. Serve it on its own for a light starter.
Wine education – using natural products in the vineyard
What is Lithothamne? Well, it’s a natural product used by organic growers in their battle against downy mildew.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – courgette and chickpea fritters
Loads of us have courgettes coming out of our ears at the moment so I thought I’d pass on this super easy recipe for courgette and chickpea fritters.
Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update 19th July 2020.
Kettle on, tea made, I open the door to let the cat in and what do I see? Two kittens playing on the grass. Two, no three, no four, no five.
Wine education – what is a cépage teinturier
Teint is a French word and it means tint, dye, stain. A cépage teinturier is a grape variety that stains, dyes or tints. So what makes that different?
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – chilled tomato and bread soup with crunchy chilli breadcrumbs
Perfect for a sunny day in the garden. Serve it with crusty bread and a glass of chilled dry white. It’s a great way to use up old bread and is delicious!
Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update 12th July 2020.
This week I’ve been looking at changes in climate in recent years and the impact that has had upon viticulture (particularly here in the Loire).
Wine education – recognising diseases in the vineyard
Walking through the vines the other day we came across two rows of very poorly looking vines. It seemed strange. One complete row affected.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – cauliflower purée
This cauliflower purée is delicious served with roast chicken, guinea fowl or cod. It can be made in advance and gently reheated and freezes well too.
Life in the Loire after lock-down. Weekly update 5th July 2020.
The baby swallows have finally left the nest. Pesto, Bigi and Monza have been on rotational sentry duty for the past couple of weeks hoping to catch one.