Green One Pound Meals
Tomato Poke Bowl
Olly’s wine pairing: Urmeer Weinhaus Pinot Gris 2021 (12.5%) £8.99, Waitrose
Waitrose With offerings as delicious as this white, it’s time Germany became top of your list for wines to pair with mildly aromatic recipes. This feels like a pear spliced with a mandarin – tropical and tantalising, it’s scrumptious with ingredients such as soy sauce and ginger and is a firm favourite in my house!
Sausage and Pearl Barley Hotpot
Olly’s wine pairing: Chalk Springs Vineyard Old Vine Grenache 2021 (14%) £8, Marks & Spencer
Made by British Master of Wine Giles Cooke, this is an outstanding wine for under ten quid. Pale in the glass yet silky and bold when you sip it, its vibrancy and finesse complement the sausage hotpot perfectly. This grenache punches well above its price point, so get hold of some before it vanishes from stock!
Easiest Falafel Ever
Olly’s wine pairing: The OrWanguTang Mandarin, Gose, Anspach & Hobday (4%) £3.50, thewinesociety.com
Made in collaboration with comedian Phil Wang and with 50p from each sale going to the Orangutan Foundation, this beer made with fresh orange and mandarin is superb with falafel.
Prawn & Peas in Tarragon Sauce
Olly’s wine pairing: Cape Point Fairtrade Sauvignon/Semillon 2021 (12.5%) £7, Co-op
This rich South African white is a comet of citrus splendour – its long-lasting flavours are a treat with tarragon and its zest is spot on for prawns.
Plus it’s Fairtrade – and a bargain to boot!
Aubergine Parm Burger
Olly’s wine pairing: Vista Castelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2020 (12.5%) £4.75, Tesco
For less than a fiver it’s hard to quibble with this fruity Italian red. Great for burgers and with the right tang for the tomatoes, it’s particularly good after spending half an hour in the fridge.
Diced and Roasted Lasagne
Olly’s wine pairing: Aldi Specially Selected Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2019 (13.5%) £7.99
There’s a lot of red bang here for your buck.
Some of the grapes are partially air-dried to intensify the cherry aromas and deepen the fruitiness – in much the same way as roasting the veg first boosts the flavours in the lasagne
Shredded chicken tacos
Olly’s wine pairing: Vallee des Pins Rose 2021, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, (12.5%) £10.99, reduced to £8.99 in a Mix Six, Majestic
Pale and pretty, this southern French rosé has a palate that lives up to its appearance. Rosé is excellent at mopping up mild spice in a dish, and with these chicken tacos this blend is immensely moreish.
Herb stem fritters
Olly’s wine pairing: Asda The Wine Atlas Feteasca Regala (11.5%) £5
Outrageous value for a fiver, this white from Romania is as scented as a peach in full bloom, and gorgeous with the fritters and their flavoursome herbs.