Saturday Kitchen 15.3

(by peter)

Filming BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, Poole, March 2014

Filming BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, Poole, March 2014

Sunny Poole was our destination for this week’s Saturday Kitchen wine shoot. Somewhat inevitably, a pedalo was involved… But it all turned out very well, not least because James was impressed with my work, describing one of the wines as: ‘absolutely fantastic, one of the best we’ve had!’

Wine for Paul Rankin’s seared cod salad with ‘scad the beggars’, potato farls and wild garlic

  • Montagny Vieilles Vignes 2010 (from £8.99, Majestic)

Peter’s comments: not perhaps the most obvious pairing but the mealy, buttery tones meld really well with the oats and potatoes. Plus, this is a wine that delivers a fair old bang for your buck so, while it doesn’t overwhelm the cod, it can stand up to those tasty bacon morsels. ‘Love it, love it, love it’ was Paul’s considered verdict (and he’s a man who knows his wines).

Wine for Nigel Haworth’s spiced pork loin with black pudding sauce, asparagus and spiced January king cabbage

  • Extra Special Côtes du Rhône Villages 2012 (£6.75, Asda)

Peter’s comments: there’s something about southern Rhône Grenache that pairs really well with pork – that soft, succulent, sausagey character, perhaps. This is a great value little number from Asda, pretty crisp actually, but which cuts through the pork really well and lets that aromatic marinade shine.

Testing wines with Paul Rankin's cod salad

Testing wines with Paul Rankin’s cod salad

Recipes, links and details

Food heaven and hell recipes by James Martin for studio guest Bradley Walsh, together with my wine matches, were as follows:

Duck three ways with roasted pears, shallots, wilted chard and a red wine reduction – Tikves Vranac 2012 (from £8.99, Marks & Spencer)

Chicken escalope with tomato and artichoke salad – Grillo 2012 (£6.99, Marks & Spencer)

Thanks to James, Paul, Nigel and Bradley – also to the fine upstanding Cactus TV crew for another great show. You can find the show’s recipes on the BBC Food site and the wine clips are below. Thanks for watching and popping in here too; enjoy the wines!