Monday - I trolled to M&S to buy a pack of baby courgettes after Waitrose tried to substitute them with marrow sized ones. I made ratatouille which we had a warm french stick and
2018 La Loupe Grenache Noir (France, Vin de Pays d’Oc)
This was a delicious sweet-fruited 100% Grenache, a present from our eldest and his partner who’d wrapped it so beautifully it was a shame to unwrap it.
Tuesday I made a gutsy puttanesca sauce (with chopped black olives, capers, several roughly chopped garlic cloves, two red chillies, a can of anchovies and tomato & basil sauce into which I added freshly cooked penne which we had with a mixed salad and another no-brainer™
2020 Casa Vinicola Roxan The Wine Society’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Italy, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo)
Wednesday morning was spent making loaves. This evening I’ll be ordering a Nando’s half-chicken and chips via Deliveroo, and making a mixed salad while I wait. With this I’ll be having the second of the very drinkable
2019 Kanonkop Cape Blend Kadette (South Africa, Stellenbosch)
Thursday all being well our plan is to visit the Essex Regiment Museum in Chelmsford to see the French Eagle won at Salamanca. This is triggered by viewing the TV movies based on the Sharpe books starring Sean Bean as Sharpe. We bought a DVD box-set of restored videos because it was cheaper than paying streaming to view them.
In the books and film it was Sharpe and Sgt Harper who took the Eagle. Mrs M has been re-reading the books and after seeing Sharpe’s Regiments I grabbed the book. It’s a gripping read, one I don’t want to put down.
So when we get back we’ll be having a supermarket Indian meal with naan and rice and
2017 Bellevue Estate Pinotage Houdamond (South Africa, Stellenbosch)
This is Bellevue’s basic Pinotage under a M&S exclusive label. Bellevue are a lovely old fashioned estate in the Bottelary Valley, and makers of the first varietal Pinotage. They still have that original vineyard, though now it’s bottled separately and incurs a premium price.
(La Loupe was a gift but I believe it came from Lynn Wines in Pwllheli, Montepulciano from TWS, Kanonkop from Tesco and Houdamand from M&S)
I’ve been pinged by the Covid App; seems I was in close proximity with a positive case on Saturday. So far, so good…