Autumn Flavours

A week or so ago (my memory is getting worse!), for a mid week supper, I rustled up some quick and easy mushroom tartlets (recipe below). To complement the savoury autumnal flavours, I picked up a bottle of 2009 Chapel Hill Pinot Noir, Dunántúli, Hungary, in my local Waitrose – at just under £6 a bottle it was ideal for a week night!

(excuse the poor picture quality!)

With a silky texture, and spicy (almost sour) cherry flavour, this was one satisfying wine, and for the price, definitely worth a try. Luke certainly enjoyed his glassful, describing it as “wine porn” (you’ve all seen the Marks and Spencers adverts!)

I missed out on this deal but until the 8th November, you can grab a bottle for just £4.97 or a case of 12 for £59.94 at Waitrose Wine Direct, so there is no excuse for not pouring yourself a glass and settling down in front of the fire/ radiator/ TV (it is X Factor season after all) on a chilly evening.

Mushroom Tartlets (adapted from the BBC Good Food website)

Ingredients – makes 4
– 1 block puff-pastry
– Flour, for dusting
– 25g butter
– 400g mushrooms (I used closed cup)
– 20g Parmesan
– 2tbsp crème fraiche
– Handful fresh parsley, chopped
– 1 small garlic clove, crushed
– 1 egg, beaten

1. Roll out the pastry (or buy ready-rolled!) onto a floured surface and cut into 4 circles
2. Place on a lined baking tray and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes or until ready to use
3. Heat oven to 200˚c (180˚c for a fan oven)
4. In a large pan, melt the butter and add the mushrooms. Fry for 5-10 minutes until cooked. Pour off any excess liquid
5. Remove from the heat, season with salt and black pepper and mix with the crème fraiche, Parmesan, parsley and garlic
6. Meanwhile score a 1cm border around the edge of each tart, place some foil in the centre and blind bake for 5 minutes
7. Remove tarts from the oven, spoon the mushroom mixture into the middle and brush the edges with beaten egg
8. Bake for 20 minutes until puffed up and golden
9. Serve with a feta side salad and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar


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