5 matches for seasonal recipes from UK food magazine cookery sites

As I couldn’t find a sufficiently interesting selection of dishes to match in any one column in the papers this weekend I’ve turned to the food magazines' cookery sites for inspiration:

Theo Randall’s minestrone primavera with fresh pesto
The pesto will add an extra kick to this springlike version of this classic Italian soup but not sufficiently to skew your wine choice. I’d go for a neutral Italian white like a Verdicchio or Vermentino or, if you prefer a slightly smoother style, a Gavi di Gavi. A minerally Loire Sauvignon Blanc would also work

Angela Boggiano’s Potato, cheshire cheese and spring onion tarts
A fresh crisp inexpensive white would be the perfect match for these simple tarts.
An English Bacchus would be my choice

Silvana Franco’s pot roast cider chicken with creamy onions and little gem lettuce
A lovely seasonal spin on roast chicken - delicately flavoured. The obvious match would be cider (a medium dry rather than a dry one, I suggest) but an unoaked or lightly oaked Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc would work well too

Angela Hartnett’s herb crusted rack of lamb with grilled vegetables
The website suggests a Corbires or Fitou with this dish but to my mind they’re too rustic for a dinner party recipe. Given the olive and anchovy flavoured crust and the Mediterranean vegetables I’d be thinking more in terms of a Provencal red like a Domaine Richaume or a Crozes Hermitage from the Rhone but to be honest any medium-bodied red you enjoy will probably work: a Rioja reserva, a Chianti Classico, a red Bordeaux, a Western Australian Cabernet-Merlot . . .

Olive magazine’s strawberry trifle
A quick, easy and delicious way to make a strawberry trifle involving ready made custard. Although it recommends using a few drops of strawberry or raspberry liqueur that should only heighten the flavour of the strawberries rather than affect the match (the custard and cream make it an easy pairing) I suggest a Sauternes or similar sweet Bordeaux or late harvest Sauvignon Blanc

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