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Celebrate Wine and Cheese Day with some usual pairings

July 20th, 2018 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

As the ‘Grand Fromage’ of The French Chef at Home, you’d expect me to have firm opinions on both cheese and wine!

With Wine and Cheese Day coming up (25 July), I’m celebrating by sharing just a few of my favourite pairings with you.

As mentioned in a previous blog, we were delighted to discover that Yorkshire takes its cheeses as seriously as we do in France.  And a good cheese demands a good wine.

I like to support other local businesses.  When I’m not visiting France to buy my wines directly from the producer, I source most of my cheese and wine from Minskip Farm Shop which has a small but extensive fresh food market. Much of the produce Ben and Emma stock is sourced from within 30 miles of the shop and all the wines mentioned below can be found there.

My new favourite cheese is the soft and creamy Yorkshire Brie and I like to pair it with a dry, yet fruity Niel Joubert Pinotage from South Africa.  A ripe plum flavour with slight smoky trace, the wine has a dry finish with ripe berry and spice notes.

Closer to home, Château de Brague is a superior red Bordeaux that works well with a rich cheese.  With its Merlot-based aroma and berry flavours, it’s perfect with Camembert au Calvados, a cheese produced in Lower Normandy that is marinated in Calvados brandy.

But it’s not only red wine that works with cheese.

Other great pairings include Picpoul de Pinet, a dry white, from France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region. The name means ‘lip stinger’ because of the wine’s zingy freshness.  With aromas of blossom, Picpoul is comparable to the better-known Muscadet from the Loire Valley and represents excellent value. Its high acidity means it cuts through rich foods including creamy, firm cheeses made from sheep’s milk such as Ossau Iraty, another product of France’s South West.

Finally, a bone dry and aromatic Loire Valley Sancerre will perfectly complement the rich flavours of Sainte-Maure de Touraine, an unpasteurised full fat goat’s milk cheese rolled in wood ash.


We knew Yorkshire was special but ….

July 31st, 2017 Posted by Blog, Recipes No Comment yet

Since moving to Yorkshire in 2012, here at French Chef at Home we have come to realise just how special Yorkshire is. We were therefore delighted to find out that God’s own county has its very own day – Yorkshire Day, 1 August.

Although we are firmly of the opinion that the delights of Yorkshire should be celebrated 365 days a year, Yves’ has come up with this delicious waffle recipe, complete with rhubarb coulis on the side, which we think is just as special as the county it is celebrating.

Making the most of locally sourced ingredients – Ilkley Beer and Yorkshire rhubarb – makes this recipe a fitting tribute to our adopted home.. These waffles make a perfectly indulgent breakfast to kick start your day of Yorkshire celebrations.


Yorkshire Day waffles with Ilkley beer and rhubarb coulis

Yorkshire Day waffles with Ilkley beer and rhubarb coulis


Ilkley Beer Waffles with Rhubarb Coulis

Makes 8 waffles

For the waffles:

30cl Ilkley beer

30cl whole milk

375g plain flour

50g melted butter

20g icing sugar

1 egg
For the coulis:

200g rhubarb

50g caster sugar



Mix all the waffle ingredients together.

Cook in a waffle machine.

To make the coulis, place the rhubarb and sugar in a pan and cook until obtaining a purée. Then pour in a blender and blend.

To serve, pour over the waffles some rhubarb coulis.


Yorkshire Day: Mascarpone Charlotte with Lime, Raspberries and Strawberry Coulis

July 28th, 2016 Posted by Recipes No Comment yet

A deliciously, refreshing light dessert to finish off your Yorkshire Day feast.


Serves 6

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Yorkshire Day: Roasted Gurnard Fillet, Sorrel Crisp and Rhubarb

July 28th, 2016 Posted by Recipes No Comment yet

This light and refreshing fish dish is perfect for dining al fresco in the Yorkshire sunshine to celebrate Yorkshire Day (1 August)


Serves 4

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