Tuesday, 24 May 2011

French Bistro Evening

Friday 20th May was our French Bistro evening. A 5 course meal with some classic French dishes. Here is the menu:
  • Asparagus with poached egg and hollandaise sauce
  • Rabbit and pork terrine with celeriac remoulade

  •  Petit salad nicoise
  • Pot au feu
  • Crème brulee
The asparagus was a rich taste of spring. I matched this with De Perriere sparkling chardonnay and Gwynt y Ddraig Perry Vale. The perry has a light, dry style that is reminiscent of a sparkling English wine, this helps balance the richness of the hollandaise.
The terrine, was paired with a Cabernet Rose from the Ardeche. Dry and mouth filling with rich fruits. Also, Southport Brewery's Golden Sands. A SIBA award winning pale ale. This has a light, zingy style with a faint ginger aftertaste. Very refreshing, which will pair with the remoulade, but with enough body to stand up to the terrine. 
The nicoise was a deconstructed version. The tuna and capers in a boiled egg, with a little gem leaf, Jersey Royal, fine bean and marinated anchovy salad. All dressed with a tarragon vinaigrette. I matched this with a superb Macon Villages Blanc. I also recommended Pelforth Blonde. This is the lightest of the Pelforth range, but still has a depth of flavour that will match the various foods on the plate. 
The Pot Au Feu is a rich monster of a peasant stew. Ham hock, oxtail, shin of beef and Toulouse sausages with whole root vegetables. However, the stock is purely that, so this needed a big flavoured, but subtle companion. My 2 choices were Chateau De Dracy Bourgogne Pinot Noir and Stringer's Dry Stout.
Finally there was the Creme Brulee. A decent Haut-Rocquefort dessert wine was perfect. To throw the cat among the pigeons, I also added a Dutch Trappiste Quadrupel. A classic blend of rich sweet beer, with a good hit of alcohol to finish. Would work nicely with the creamy Brulee.
The next tasting is Italian. Hopefully there'll be more interest in the beer this time round, it's something I'll persevere with.

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