Regular readers will know that I’ve been having lots of fun at Covent Garden Real Food Market. Serving up food from my kitchen and matching it to wines, chiefly Bisol Jeio Prosecco, one of my favourite sparkling wines. When Denise & I decided to do the stall, we really wanted to do something fun and sociable. We wanted a great wine, with some fizz and energy. Something that would match the food, and provide a fun experience for our customers. We’d sampled Bisol at a tasting and so we bought some from Bibendum to serve at the stall.
The world of food & wine matching is quite new to me. Before I would choose my wine and choose the food, not quite independently but nearly. I would always pair red wines with red meats, white wines with fish, but the intricacies of matching I just didn’t understand. It’s not a complicated and tedious process, learning bottle by bottle and glass by glass, it’s a thoroughly pleasant and indulgent affair. We like those kind of lessons! I am still learning and I am really enjoying it.
Initially the Bisol Jeio Prosecco was for the first week, but it proved so popular, we brought it back. Our first match was Bisol Jeio white prosecco with smoked salmon and cucumber pickle on Irish brown soda bread. A lovely match! I felt encouraged and progressed to match the Bisol Jeio Rose with slow roast pork. At home, I’ve matched the Bisol Jeio Prosecco to my prawn curry, risotto and love it with other fruity and/or fish dishes. They’re just my limited attempts.
Bisol are not just about prosecco, they also love food, boasting a fantastic restaurant, Ristorante Certosina on the island Certosa in Venice. They liked that we were matching the prosecco with non Italian foods and thought that it might be fun to explore this further by expanding the concept with a competition.
So here it is. It’s simple, submit your recipe with a photo that you think would be a good prosecco match. Post it on your blog with a link back to this post, and the trackback will appear in the comments. Not a blogger? Please submit via the Contact Me page, you entry would be most welcome! All entries must be submitted by Wednesday 21st October, just over 2 weeks.
5 finalists will meet to prepare their dishes and the best match will win a gorgeous meal for two with me and a representative from Bisol at the chefs table in bloggers favourite Trinity, London. Giles Coren has proclaimed it “the perfect restaurant”. All 5 finalists will receive a pair of tickets for the wine show in London 22 – 28 October.
Just one problem, you’ve not tried Bisol? Come down to my stall at the Covent Garden Real Food Market this Friday 9th October and sample a glass on the house from 6pm. We want this to be fun and interesting, bringing the experience from the browser to the real world.
So, if you think you can handle my table manners, submit your recipe. Simple or complex, they will be judged on how well they match, not on the intricacy involved. It’s a fun competition with a great prize. So, what are you waiting for?! Send me your recipes :)
More info on Bisol Jeio Prosecco here [PDF].