I went into Alresford yesterday to meet a friend for coffee at Caracoli. On the way I popped into CE Evans the butcher and couldn’t resist the packet of sweetbreads they had behind the counter. It’s one of those ingredients that often tempts me on a restaurant menu, but which you so rarely see retailed, so I couldn’t believe my luck. Evans also have a proper wet fish counter where I discovered my first English samphire of the season; possibly my all time favourite vegetable. All the makings of 2 great dishes….
I’m getting all my ingredients and equipment together for the Alton Show tomorrow, running through my recipes and trying to calm the butterflies in my stomach! I’ve included all the recipes from my 3 sets below. Now, back to the packing!
After our fantastic wild strawberry haul on Monday, we couldn’t resist a second trip. While the Dordogne hasn’t seen quite the insane amount of rainfall that we’ve suffered recently, it has been a wetter than usual spring and now that flaming June is in full swing, the woodlands and verges are absolutely booming.
My folks are only about an hour’s drive from Bordeaux, so we always try to fit in at least one trip when we visit. Today it was the turn of Lynch Bages, a 90 hectares chateau just outside the town of Pauillac. Although the wine was only classified as a cinquieme cru in 1855, it is now seen as one of the best wines outside of the first growths.
It’s day 3 of our trip to the Dordogne to visit my parents and I still can’t get over the fact that it’s not constantly raining over here. We went for a long walk down the track behind the house earlier and found that the verges were absolutely teaming with fraise des bois. I’ve seen these little jewels in tiny punnets at the local market over here and I’ve been lucky enough to snaffle the odd one or two in the wild in the past, but never in this sort of quantity.
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