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What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » September 13th, 2018, 12:49 pm

I wondered if this might be an idea for a thread because I have such a question.

In my case it is what would you serve with a salmon koulibiac for a lunch-time meal?
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby suffolk » September 13th, 2018, 1:00 pm

Good idea for a thread Rats :tu:

With salmon koulibiac for lunch I usually serve just a bowl of lambs' lettuce and a simple vinaigrette ........... but I'm wondering if something like a lightly pickled cucumber salad would go ... something like this

https://100cookbooks.wordpress.com/2012 ... ute-menus/

but without the soy/ginger/sesame and with the addition of chopped fresh dill maybe?
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » September 13th, 2018, 2:08 pm

I quite like that idea. , My Danish friend makes a mean sweet pickled cucumber. I haven't seen any lambs lettuce this year yet. It tends to appear
in the autumn/winter. Perhaps baby spinach? Beets in some form are quite Russiany too.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby karadekoolaid » September 14th, 2018, 12:00 am

First of all, I had to look up " koulibiac" because it´s the first time I´ve ever seen the word.
Now I know what it is - looks pretty rich ( and very tasty!) to me, so I think I´d go for something really simple.
French beans, poached in a little white wine? Braised baby carrots with a splash of balsamic?
Some fresh leaves as a salad - the dressing would definitely have mustard in it, and perhaps tarragon vinegar.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby earthmaiden » September 14th, 2018, 8:04 am

I love koulibiac. I think any vegetable combination (cooked or uncooked) that goes with fish would work. Mixed leaves with watercress would be nice or tomato, cucumber, fennel etc cut into small dice and mixed together. Or just cooked peas or green beans.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Seatallan » September 14th, 2018, 8:52 am

I was also thinking of a watercress-based salad but I also wondered about samphire?
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Postby PatsyMFagan » September 14th, 2018, 8:57 am

I would just offer a knife and fork with Koulibac ;) 8-) Seriously, something green … beans, samphire, watercress with other salady bits :chops: :hungry: :tu:
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Zosherooney » September 15th, 2018, 10:08 pm

I like the idea of watercress and green beans with maybe some batons of carrots for added colour.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » September 16th, 2018, 2:14 pm

Not a cat in hells chance of samphire and I will be lucky to find watercress. Although if I can find some I might be tempted to make a watercress and fresh orange salad. Otherwise probably baby spinach and shredded beetroot.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » September 16th, 2018, 3:42 pm

Just realised I can't do the cress and orange because one of the guests doesn't eat fruit.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Amber » September 16th, 2018, 8:52 pm

Simple (buttered :oops: , I like my butter :oops: ) new potatoes, with griddled fennel or pak choi.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » September 17th, 2018, 8:57 am

Can't serve spuds Amber. The filling contains rice also a lot of butter! The fennel might work though.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Suelle » September 17th, 2018, 9:49 am

I'd serve it with salad leaves and an additional salad of tomatoes and green beans in a vinaigrette dressing (with finely chopped onions, if liked).
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » September 17th, 2018, 1:11 pm

I think I have more or less settled on a mixed leaf salad including watercress. If so that will be it.

As the guests are all French a tomato salad would seem strange to them - it being more of a starter here. Simplicity seems to be the way forward with the people I am entertaining, well actually most French people who honestly prefer only a few elements on each plate. I think they would rather have a seperate course than a confused plate.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » September 21st, 2018, 12:02 pm

I've got some squid which I want to cook tomorrow. I am thinking of doing them in a batter with garlic and lemon zest and serving them, perhaps with aioli. But what to have with them??
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby suffolk » September 21st, 2018, 12:33 pm

Chips and a fennel salad
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Busybee » September 21st, 2018, 1:46 pm

Some good bread to dip in the aioli and a green salad.

We often had this meal when eating out in Spain, the salad would have been served as a separate course before the squid.

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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby earthmaiden » September 21st, 2018, 2:38 pm

Frites and a mixed salad for me.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » September 21st, 2018, 5:01 pm

I’d go frites and mixed salad too
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby TeresaFoodie » September 22nd, 2018, 7:00 am

Skinny chips and a mixed salad on the side of my portion please! :hungry:
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » September 25th, 2018, 1:22 pm

We actually had triple cooked chips and a watercress and oenage salad and it was yummy!

Next "problem" Confit of duck - probably with Sarladaise potatoes and ?????????
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby suffolk » September 25th, 2018, 2:12 pm

The two that come to mind immediately are

Green beans with almonds

Braised chicory... available almost all year round here but I've a feeling it may be more seasonal en Provence ?
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » September 25th, 2018, 2:22 pm

Endive is usually avaiable and I love it briased - so that might well be a plan.
Grenn beans a bit of a no-go. One of my guests hates them!!
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby suffolk » September 25th, 2018, 2:27 pm

Oooh, go with the endive then ... I think the mellowed bitterness will be great with the richness of the potatoes and the sweetness of the duck ... I may be buying a Eurostar ticket ... :hungry:

:idea: Just thought ... Swiss chard would be great too :chops:
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » September 28th, 2018, 8:39 am

There was an item in the local paper yesterday about SW France food. They spoke about confit and Sarladaise potatoes and said they should be accompanied by sauteed ceps. So will search for some in the market tomorrow
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Postby suffolk » September 28th, 2018, 9:10 am

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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » October 23rd, 2018, 9:16 am

This Sunday's problem is Greek style pork and quince sautee. I'm wondering about three-grain rice but that doesn't seem quite right to me.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby suffolk » October 23rd, 2018, 10:05 am

New potatoes cooked in a 'Lyonnaise' style is a favourite here for that sort of dish https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/408 ... -lyonnaise

Sometimes we do it without the onions but toss with lots of parsley.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Seatallan » October 23rd, 2018, 11:00 am

Suffs idea sounds good. Some sort of Colcannon varient might be nice, or just some crusty bread on the side possibly?
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Catherine » October 23rd, 2018, 11:43 pm

I agree with lyonnaise or dauphinoise potato or pommes anna
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Postby earthmaiden » October 24th, 2018, 8:35 am

I wonder what Greeks would have with it? I would go for rice or buttered noodles (the thick sort).
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » October 24th, 2018, 1:12 pm

I think they would serve rice. I don't do noodles as an accompaniment em. Maybe Moira could help there?
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby StokeySue » October 24th, 2018, 4:00 pm

There are various Greek ways of baking potatoes to go with stews and similar dishes and I think jacket potatoes would actually work - that’s what I serve with my usual pork and quince casserole (not Greek but similar flavours, and sauce to soak up)
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » October 26th, 2018, 12:32 pm

I think I'm going down the three grain rice route with the addition of baby aubergine cooked somehow.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Catherine » October 27th, 2018, 7:23 pm

You could try orzo or ebly
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » October 28th, 2018, 4:38 pm

I might do if I knew what they were or where to buy them!!
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Seatallan » October 28th, 2018, 5:29 pm

Not familiar with ebly but orzo is one of those tiny rice-like pastas. I use it sometimes in minestrone and broth.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby StokeySue » October 28th, 2018, 7:37 pm

You have to be careful with orzo - it’s Italian for barley, and so the English (and the Greeks) call the little grain shaped pasta orzo. The Italians however often call it risoni.

If you are not sufficiently confused already (sorry) mention of belt had reminded my that Greek and Cypriot friends serve such dishes often with pourgouri (bulgar wheat), often made into a simple pilaff. I do like bulgar cooked in this way.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » October 29th, 2018, 10:01 am

Sue I very nearly cooked epautre - spelt - yesterday but remebered that one of our midst doesn't eat it. I think it would have been rather good.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby WWordsworth » November 3rd, 2018, 2:28 pm

I have bought some home made chicken kievs from the farm shop and I don't know what to serve with them tonight.
J suggested fondant potatoes but I think we will have enough butter already.
I am thinking potato wedges as the oven will be on but I am also fancying rice with green peas.

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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » November 3rd, 2018, 2:34 pm

I might go for pommes rissole or even sauteed potatoes. Wedges would work too though as would a creamy polenta. I think spinach would be my choice of vegetable but then it usually is!
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » November 3rd, 2018, 2:39 pm

I’d go for sauté potatoes too with peas maybe or broccoli
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby suffolk » November 3rd, 2018, 2:51 pm

Ratatouille wrote:I might go for pommes rissole or even sauteed potatoes. Wedges would work too ...


Ooooh yes ... any of those :hungry:

And spinach will mop up any lovely garlicky butter spilling out onto the plate :chops:
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Seatallan » November 3rd, 2018, 2:57 pm

I don't know why particularly, but when we have Chicken Kevins ( :D ) we always have a Ceaser salad with them. Just seems to work for us. :chops:
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Postby WWordsworth » November 3rd, 2018, 3:04 pm

I did pick up a beautiful cauliflower this morning as well.
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Postby WWordsworth » November 3rd, 2018, 9:45 pm

We compromised with boulanger potatoes.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Ratatouille » December 4th, 2018, 2:46 pm

Would you serve anything, other than perhaps a green salad, with a prawn and smoked sausage jambalya ? I am planning a pre --Christmas lunch for some friends and want to serve something very un Christmasy but uncomplicated.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Seatallan » December 4th, 2018, 4:58 pm

Oooh that does sound good Rats! :chops:

I think you're right- it probably doesn't need more than a green salad. I did wonder about coleslaw or pickled veg of some sort perhaps?

I suppose in the US there would traditionally be corn bread or similar on the side too.
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Re: What would you serve with........?

Postby Seatallan » December 4th, 2018, 5:00 pm

I have a question too- I'm making a Cassoulet for Mr S's birthday dinner (we're having it on Friday) and I was wondering whether to serve anything with it or not?
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Postby scullion » December 4th, 2018, 5:42 pm

a salad starter and a good bread with the cassoulet.
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