Saturday Kitchen alert!
The day’s filming kicked off with the boys (Andy our director extraordinaire and James ‘the camera’ Cook) cheerily informing me that this is the third week in a row that a Saturday Kitchen wine shoot has featured snow – a new record apparently, though not one I’d like to see broken for a few years to come… How cold were my feet by 3pm?!
This week we were in Sanderstead, just south of Croydon, and I had some seriously tricky dishes to match.
The first was Shaun Rankin’s Spanish-style soup involving a heady mix of garlic, potatoes, scallops, chorizo, thyme and crispy chicken skin. Pete and I cooked the dish at home and tried a Rioja Reserva alongside a young, unoaked Tempranillo – and you’ll have to wait until Saturday to see which bottle we drained.
I’d hardly even heard of the ingredients in Patrick William’s recipe, let alone tasted anything close to Tilapia Brown Creole stew… However, Majestic came up trumps as ever and provided me with a fantastic, spice-friendly wine that I’m hoping is going to be quite a hit.
Off to choose some Heaven and Hell wines now so please tune in to BBC1 at 10am on Saturday (23rd Jan) if you’d like to find out more.