Saturday Kitchen 7.12

(by peter)

On thin iceTower of London. Ice skating. Wine.

I’d venture these aren’t three things you’d ordinarily associate – but Saturday Kitchen boldly goes where few have gone before… On which fearless note, here are my wine choices from the show!

Wine to go with Tom Kitchin’s Jerusalem artichoke soup with a game burger and artichoke crisps

  • Corte Ibla Nero d’Avola Sicilia 2010 (from £7.99, M&S)

Peter’s comments: this is a pretty carnal wine – a bit edgy and wild, if you like – so it was perhaps inevitably going to get a mixed reaction in studio. Tom wanted something a bit heavier, Mary wanted something a bit lighter… I think Mary had a good point. We tried this (lovely) dish with a few things, the best being good quality red Burgundy (a lovely Savigny-Les-Beaune 2011 by Bouchard Pere & Fils, £16.99 at Waitrose). But our SK budget doesn’t stretch that far so the Nero was a fuller but still deliciously savoury alternative. It’s currently on offer down from £11.99 and will also go beautifully well with game, lamb and all kinds of wintery stews. Tuck in!

Wine to go with Luke Matthews’ sea bass with mussels and saffron

  • Finest Grande Cuvée Chablis 2012 (£7.99, Tesco)

Peter’s comments: this classic but fairly rich dish needs a wine that can stand up to the salty, creamy intensity but also refresh the palate between mouthfuls. Chablis is a perfect fit and this is a great value bottle, also currently on offer (down from £8.99).

Sea bass with saffron & musselsRecipes, links and clips

Baking deity Mary Berry was the studio guest this week. My wines for her heaven and hell, as cooked by James Martin, were:

Pan-fried Dover sole with a shrimp and caper butter sauce and wilted spinach: Louis Jadot Les Roches Blanches Macon-Villages 2012 (from £8.99, Majestic)

Salmon vindaloo with coconut and peanut rice: Grey Slate Dr L Private Reserve Riesling 2012 (£7.49, Waitrose)

You can find all the recipes from the show on the BBC Food site. Wine clips are as below. My thanks to James, Tom, Luke and Mary, plus all the amazing people who do such a fantastic job of making the show week-in week-out.

And don’t miss the fabulous Christmas edition of Saturday Kitchen which airs on Saturday 21st December, when three hungry Italians will be in studio (the fabulous Gennaro Contaldo, Giancarlo Caldesi and Antonio Carluccio) and both Susie are getting thoroughly into the festive spirit!