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Life in the Loire 22 May 2021 – still pivoting!
That’s what they call it isn’t it? Pivoting. Swinging around as if on a pivot. Trying different things.
Food & wine pairing. Hot, sweet, sour, spice.
Sometimes, (and I mean not often), you choose a wine that turns out to be the perfect pairing with the dish you’ve prepared.
Lock-down take 2. Day 27. 25th November.
Cup of tea in hand, we hear activity outside the gate. Good news. It’s our wood that should have been delivered on Monday.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – carrot, pumpkin and bacon soup with thyme
All the sweetness of carrot and pumpkin soup with a smoky bacon background and lots of fresh thyme. This is a winter soup you’re going to love.
Technical vocabulary demystified – must or moût
You’re standing in the winery chatting to the winemaker and he or she starts talking about the must or moût (in French). What’s that?
Frost strikes again in the Loire valley in 2019
Once again frost has struck the Loire valley. 2 nights ago growers lit the burners, turned on the aspersion and cranked up the hot air turbines.
Guinea fowl take 2 – spicy Thai stir fry
We both prefer the dark meat, preferring the juicy, tender leg meat to the breast so last night I decided to spice up the remaining breasts! Here what you need to do make a lovely spicy mid-week dinner that requires little work and really hits the spot.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – roasted guinea fowl
Guinea fowl (Pintade) is very popular in France. It has a slightly more gamey flavour than chicken but not quite as gamey as pheasant. It’s delicious!
The wisteria is coming out!
One of the signs of spring that we look out for is the beautiful wisteria that grows all over the Loire valley. It’s generally out in time for my birthday!
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – saucisse de Morteau with flageolet beans
Saucesse de Morteau (a delicious smoked sausage) is a protected product which means it must meet the strict regulations that surround its production.
Recipes for Christmas – mince pies
For us Brits, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies. Perceived as something rather strange by the French that doesn’t deter me!
Harvest 2018 update – Cabernets in Anjou
While most of the Cab Francs have been brought in in the appellations of Chinon, Bourgueil and St Nicolas de Bourgueil there are still grapes hanging on the vines in Anjou.