Prosecco Mondays…

Friday, August 28th, 2009

100This may seem a little random but Mondays chez Miss Bouquet have long been ‘salad night’, an evening of light food and light relief after the excesses of the weekend (bare with me…) So on Monday when I caught up with Little Jo I cooked her my favourite light but hot summer dish – smoked salmon tagliatelle. Yum.

In keeping with my commitment to get Little Jo more involved with the wine she drinks she was charged with the job of providing our wine for the evening…. Hmmm, it’s clear that I’ve still got some work to do as my condition was immediately met with her protest at me putting “unnecessary pressure on her for a Monday eve.” But she loyally kept to her part of the bargain and went to Oddbins in her lunch break. Did she have cause for concern? Non, I think not. Little Jo got it spot on, in fact she couldn’t have done better. Voila, one bottle of Prosecco , perfecto. She had selected Ombra Prosecco (£9.99 from Oddbins) it was perfect for our ‘salad night’. Light, appley, sparkling, cold and refreshing, it was everything a Monday evening deserves to be and only 11% abv.

Lil’ Jo’s success is not the only thing that has reassured me that my wine mission is going ok as I’m pleased (and a bit relieved) to tell you that I’ve found the perfect shade of plum to be seen with in your glass à la Cheryl Cole. It’s not been as easy as I’d thought but to my delight I stumbled across the perfect wine on Wednesday! LJ had popped over for pizza and a chat and bought the obligatory bottle of wine entry fee to my flat. She was completely unaware of my search so her bottle was a brilliant find on two levels. 1) because it was the perfect shade of plum and 2) because this is officially the first wine to enter my Miss Bouquet Autumn/Winter 09/10 collection. The wine in question: Finca Flichman Reserva Malbec 2007 from Mendoza, Argentina. It was seductively moreish and went perfectly with our pizza and Gu and what’s more I found it on the Waitrose website yesterday at only £6.16! Perfecto.

Fear not it’s not all been about eating in, girl about town I most definitely am and last week I was introduced to a little gem: Geales Restaurant in Notting Hill. Known for its fish menu Geales is fully credit crunch compliant, they serve good hearty meals at gastro pub prices. I knew there’d be no turning back when I noticed they were serving fish & chips (my all time favourite) AND they had a decent oaked Chardonnay on the wine list, the only style of wine that I’ve found to go well with f&cs. I had instantly fallen in love and when my meal arrived I wasn’t disappointed. In retrospect I should have known it was going to be good as they’ve been serving fish & chips in the same site since 1939, also it’s elegant but understated décor makes it a great place to be seen. But importantly in these credit crunch times Geales gives you good cause to put on a decent pair of heals and enjoy a meal out whilst being reassured that you’ll definitely be able to commit to Prosecco Monday, well at least until next payday!( http://www.geales.com )

PS: let me know if you’d like the recipe for the smoked salmon tagliatelle
PPS: the Miss Bouquet Autumn/Winter 09/10 collection will be launched on my new website going live in October 🙂

28th August, 2009

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2 Responses to “Prosecco Mondays…”

  1. Another Girl About Town says:

    Please could you post the recipe for your smoked salmon tagliatelle Miss B?

    Yours slurpingly
    Another Girl About Town

  2. Miss Bouquet says:

    Bonjour AGAT! Of course, here it is:

    SMOKED SALMON TAGLIATELLE by Miss Bouquet:

    Ingredients: for two people
    half a bag fresh tagliatelle
    4 eggs yolks
    6 tbsp milk
    2 tbsp finely grated parmesan
    2 pinches of ground pepper
    6 slices of smoked salmon
    1 lemon

    Approximate cost: £10.00
    Preparation time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 10 minutes

    * beat the egg yolks and milk together, stir in the parmesan and add the pepper
    * slice or cut the smoked salmon slices into thin strips and cut to approx 1 inch long, add to the egg mixture
    * place the tagliatelle into boiling water and follow cooking instructions on the pasta packet
    * drain the pasta and run a drizzle of olive oil through it to make sure it doesn’t stick
    * place the pasta back into the hot saucepan and pour the egg and salmon mixture over the pasta
    * using two forks fold and lift the pasta and the mixture gently together for 4 or 5 minutes, the heat of the pan and the pasta slowly cooks the egg mix. If you’re unsure whether the sauce is cooked enough then return the pan to a very low heat and continue to gently fold and lift until you’re happy with it (be careful not to over cook it though as the tagliatelle has a tendency to go ‘soggy’)
    * serve with a chunk of lemon for each person

    Voila the perfect hot summer dish for Prosecco Mondays!