Luxury for Less: Caspian Caviar

CaviarCaspian Caviar was set up by Suzanne Shepherd because, following a Cordon Bleu degree and years of sampling find foods, she thought Caviar was too delicious to be left in the hands of only a select few who could afford the prohibitively expensive price tag. Her mission was to make it more affordable and more widely available and she’s certainly enjoyed some considerable success.  Over the last ten years Caspian Caviar has become the number one online supplier in the UK and is believed to supply the lowest priced legal caviar in Europe. It is all caught processed and shipped under strict adherence to the CITES rules and regulations.

The online direct delivery service means you can have wild Royal Beluga, as well as the best farmed caviars sourced from across Europe, delivered to your door.  In fact, farmed Beluga is now Caspian Caviar’s most popular brand because it is both delicious and affordable.

To compliment the caviars, there is a whole range of luxury foods, carefully sourced by Suzanne, which again demonstrate that the biggest foodie treats can be affordable. There are fresh black and white Alba Truffles depending on the season, fresh Duck Foie Gras lobes, wonderful smoked salmon, delicious chocolates and specialist vodkas.

To check out the range of luxury food visit www.caspiancaviar.co.uk

Tel: 01453 844870

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Russian Zakuski Part III: Crab Salad

Russians are renowned for their world-class crab meat charka.  The high quality really does justify the price.  However, when times were/are tough, half the crab meat can be substituted with fresh white cabbage, shredded, gently blanched for 2 minutes and dried before stirring into the crab mix.  This is a quick dish, ideal to add another plate to the zakuski table.

Crab Salad

Ingredients

250g crab meat

75g sour cream

1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley

Slices of bread to serve

Instructions

Put the crab meat in a bowl

Add the sour cream

Stir

Top with garnish of parsley

(It really is that easy!)

Crab Salad

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Wine of the Week: Baron Lazare

Baron Lazare Pinot Grigio 2008
Baron Lazare Pinot Grigio 2008

Some days, some weeks, can be tough.  I’m spending nearly every minute of every day, bar the six hours (if I’m lucky) sleep I may or may not get each night, working, writing or studying.  However, while my days may be busy, they can still be satisfying.  This evening I returned home to find 12 random bottles of wine which I have delivered from Laithwaites every four months or so.  I love the fact that in most of these boxes, Laithwaites will usually include at least one bottle of wine of Central or East European authority and this month was no exception.

At this time, Pinot Grigio is the world’s most popular white grape.  Its most sought-after wines are those from northern Italy, which while are available come at a price.  However, go a little further east and one finds the historic vineyards of Hungary are also producing some excellent value, appetising Pinot Grigios like the elegant Baron Lazare.

This crisp white comes from a cellar in the Pazmand region of Etyek founded in 1949, and thoroughly modernised since the fall of communism. This cellar is well-equipped with cool fermentation equipment essential for producing fresh, modern whites, and has won many awards for its efforts. Gabor Laczko is the dynamic young winemaker.

Baron Lazare de Schwendi brought back from Hungary young vines after besieging the town of Tokaj in 1565.  He cultivated them on his own land in Kientzheim, near Colmar, where his castle still stands.  Baron Lazare de Schwendi is made by veteran winemaker of 40 years, Bardos Benjamin, from the finest Pinot Grigio grapes carefully selected from vineyards surrounding the Nagyrede winery.

The wine itself is medium-bodied, with an attractive, aromatic, floral nose.  Well balanced, with lemon notes, Baron Lazare de Schwendi is an ideal aperitif  and the perfect accompaniment for poultry or fish.  I enjoyed a few glasses with a gorgeous prawn, smoked haddock and salmon fish pie – yum!

Alcohol 12%

£5.99 / bottle

For more information visit www.laithwaites.co.uk

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