Saturday Kitchen 13.7

(by peter)

Is there any wine out there..?

Is there any wine out there..?

As the country basks in gloriously unrelenting sunshine, here are a couple of very summery whites to go with some tasty tucker:

Wine for Rick Stein’s breakfast bhaji

  • M&S Zibibbo 2012 (£7.99, Marks & Spencer)

Peter’s comments: tough call this one. Frankly, for a breakfast dish like this, I’d be just as happy with a nice cuppa. But if you fancy something stronger, go for a lowish alcohol, not too hoppy beer or a scented, refreshing white. Zibibbo is an Italian member of the Muscat family and this is zippy, refreshing and exotically perfumed.

Wine for Hamish Anderson’s monkfish cheeks with ume boshi and shiso dressing

  • The Wine Selection New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (£6.25, Asda)

Peter’s comments: Riesling would also make a good match here but all those crunchy green flavours (asparagus, lime, mint, shiso) really cry out for Sauvignon. This is classic New Zealand: pungent, invigorating and utterly refreshing. Pacific Rim cuisine and Sauvignon works wonders.


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Recipes, links and details

As usual, James Martin cooked up studio guest Margaret Mountford’s (The Apprentice) food heaven and hell. My wine matches for those are as follows:

Coffee cake with coffee butter cream, coffee glace icing and candied walnuts (food heaven): Croix Milhas Rivesaltes Ambré (£7.29, Tesco)

Chicken liver parfait with a shallot chutney and melba toast (food hell): Finest Dessert Semillon 2008 (£6.79, Tesco)

You can find all the recipes on the BBC Food site. The show has gone offline now but you can view the wine clips below. Thanks to everyone for watching, also to James, Rick, Hamish and Margaret plus all the brilliant people at Cactus TV.