April 2022

Whilst waiting for the discovery of the potato, ancient Romans took comfort in the original semolina based ‘knotty knuckles’ of Gnocchi. These light, golden morsels provide a rich bed for a ballotine to rest upon. Parma ham, spinach, pistachios and parmesan form a savoury cargo for the chicken, as a verdant buttery sauce with fresh broad beans, peas and chervil refresh the palate. Richard balances maturity and youth in this dish beautifully. You will be cooking the seasoned and the fledgling, the opulent and the budding, as we bid farewell to winter and greet the first harvest of our European spring.

Richard will tell you about his creation, below:

bring the sommelier to your table

Matthew Jukes, our wine pairing expert has paired this dish with a 2020 Monopolio Gambellara Classico, Cantina di Gambellara from Veneto, Italy.

Click the waveform below to hear about this pairing.

this month's playlist

*Wait...I know this one*

Sampling. Arguably a musical phenomenon that’s been around since composers first put quill to parchment. The practise was popularised through musical “quotations”, amongst flurries of virtuosity, in dark jazz clubs and truly solidified through the stratospheric rise of turntable-based hip hop starting around the 80s. Depending on who you ask it’s either a glorious revolution that’s helped shaped our ideas of what modern music truly is - or literal theft.

Regardless of opinion the way sampling has influenced the music of today is utterly undeniable. Listen to the first track in this playlist for evidence of that: if it sounds familiar you may have heard one of the 5000+ tracks that have sampled it’s famous drum break.

So here’s to the unsung heroes of modern music, raise a glass and see how many samples you can spot.

...about our music.

Our series of playlists are designed to accompany you all the way from the cooking, to the dining. Taking you on journeys that are a mixture of both the familiar and the adventurous, just as our menus are.

No more letting food get cold while you decide what to listen to, we have got you covered.

Compiling the playlists is Matt Farthing, a multi-disciplinary instrumentalist, composer and sound designer whose music and compositions have been played on radio stations as far ranging as Classic FM, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 1 Xtra.