This indulgent dish is one of our favourite recipes for celebrating, making the most of the delicious langoustine we are lucky to enjoy from the Mediterranean. Simple to prepare but impressive to serve, it is perfect for Valentine’s Day with a glass or two of La Londe rosé.
Ingredients (serves 2) :
6 turnips, peeled
1 beetroot, peeled and sliced
10g vanilla butter
3cm piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 tbsp of Léoube wild honey
½ cauliflower, diced
150ml whole milk
8 raw or cooked langoustines
2tbsp Léoube Premium olive oil
4 Verbena leaves
Salt and pepper
Place the turnips in a saucepan with the beetroot and a little water over a medium heat. Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid, and cook gently for 15-20 minutes until the turnips are tender. Drain the vegetables, discarding the beetroot and returning the turnips to the pan with the vanilla butter, ginger, honey, Espelette chilli pepper and a little salt and pepper. Cook over a low heat for 2-3 minutes until the turnips are slightly caramelised. Remove the pan from the heat and keep to one side.
Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Add the cubed cauliflower and simmer for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender. Drain, keeping the cooking water to one side.
Place the cauliflower in a blender with a little of the cooking water and blend. Add 100ml the whole milk, blend and season to taste with salt and pepper. Place in a bowl or container and cover with cling film to avoid the puree drying out.
If using raw langoustine, heat a little more vanilla butter and the olive oil in a frying pan. Once hot, add the langoustine and fry for 3-4 minutes or until just cooked through. Remove from the pan and leave to rest for a couple of minutes.
If using cooked langoustine, simply reheat in a frying pan with the butter and olive oil for 2 minutes to heat through.
To serve, re-heat the turnips and cauliflower puree and arrange on a plate with the langoustine. Garnish with the verbena leaves and eat straight away.
For more than 20 years, our team has been proud to contribute to the development of responsible agriculture and sustainable wine and olive production, respectful of people and the planet. Taking into consideration every element of our environment is an integral part of our organic farming philosophy. Protecting the land and soil promotes the development of biodiversity, allowing a natural balance and sustaining the planet for future generations.
In addition to our organic farming certifications, last year we obtained the highest certification for environmental value, the ‘High Environmental Value‘ (HEV) with distinction ; this certificate takes into account the entire estate and reflects our commitment to a sustainable future. We also recently had an external study carried out by ‘Terre & Humanisme’, who analysed our entire estate reporting on but not limited to ; the soil, water, biodiversity, flora and fauna. This in depth report helped our dedicated sustainability team to put in place a long-term agroecological strategy plan. Over the past year we have already implemented some key actions to further improve our sustainability and biodiversity at Léoube, such as :
Implemented a zero waste policy across all operations
Installed an additional 19 beehives around the estate
Further developed and extended our composting practices and areas
Created and maintained a regular beach clean-up schedule
Organised educational days for the public to learn more about organics and how to protect our coastal nature
Forged key partnerships with several local forest and wildlife protection associations
Created an additional large permaculture vegetable garden to supply our seaside restaurant “Café Léoube” with fresh fruit and vegetables
Relieved pressure on the environment by further limiting use of inputs (phyto, fertilizers), also continued to dry farm our vines and investigated ways to slow down the flow of natural water resources
Diversification and rotation of crops to maintain a self-sufficient agriculture, limiting degradation to the soils, water and air
Planted new vegetation around our vineyards, orchards, olive groves and vegetable gardens: to strengthen the connection between our crops and surrounding forests. Our forests and natural environments represent about 75% of the total area of the estate.
This year we will continue to support our commitment to nature and allowing nature to guide every part of our cultivation and production. The more balanced the Léoube ecosystem is, the more balanced our grapes, olives, vegetables and fruit are. Our nature driven approach to farming, coupled with our sustainability focus and biodiversity actions, allow us to continue to offer you exceptional organic wines and olive oils !
This autumnal soup is one of our favourite dishes on cooler days, its vibrant colour and flavour bringing warmth and comfort. Delicious served with crusty bread and salted organic butter and also with a glass of Rouge de Léoube.
Ingredients (serves 4) :
2 tablespoon of olive oil
1 butternut squash, peeled and diced
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 tsp curry powder
200ml of double cream
600ml vegetable stock
handful soft green herbs, roughly chopped (parsley, coriander or chervil)
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
Salt and pepper
Heat the olive oil in a large pan and fry the diced onion and butternut squash for 5-10 minutes until slightly softened. Season with salt and pepper and add the curry powder. Stir together well over the heat.
Pour in the double cream and vegetable stock (there should be enough liquid to cover the vegetables) and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and gently simmer for 20 minutes until the butternut is cooked and breaks easily when pressed with a fork.
Pour the soup into a blender and blend until smooth, adding more vegetable stock if the soup is too thick. Taste to check the seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if needed.
225g caster sugar (or golden caster sugar for a golden meringue)
1tsp white wine vinegar
For the filling:
200ml double cream
40g mascarpone cheese
10g vanilla sugar
1/2 mango, peeled and diced
1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored and diced
2 passion fruits
The day before you plan to serve your pavlova, make the meringues.
Preheat the oven to 90°C
Place the egg whites into the bowl of a food processor with the sugar and cornflour. Whisk on a medium speed for about ten minutes until the meringue is stiff and glossy and holds a peak when the whisk is lifted out. Add the vinegar and beat for a further minute.
Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Spoon the meringue mixture into a piping bag and pipe to form six meringue circles 8-10cm in diameter, piping an extra layer around the edge of each circle to form a nest. Alternatively use a spoon and simply divide the meringue between the circles, making a well in the middle of each with the back of the soon.
Place the meringues in the preheated oven for 1 ¾ hours or until crisp on the outside and dry underneath. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely before peeling off the paper.
To make the filling beat the cream and mascarpone until you have a firm whipped cream. Add the caster sugar and beat for a further minute. Set aside in the fridge.
Halve the passion fruits and remove the juice ad seeds, discarding the skin. Cut the starfruit into six thin slices.
To assemble, fill each meringue nest with the whipped cream and top with a little each of pineapple, mango and passionfruit. Finish with a slice of starfruit to garnish and serve straight away with a glass of Sparkling Rosé de Léoube !
Tightly pack the main cavity with the stuffing. Cross the legs one on top of the other and tie together tightly with a string.
Place the thyme and rosemary beneath the skin of the neck cavity. Pat the skin dry and rub both the breast and thighs with the butter. Season well before generously pouring over the olive oil.
Place the prepared turkey in a baking tray with two cups of water. Roast in the oven for 3/12 hours, basting every 20 minutes as it cooks. Every oven is different so cooking times will vary – on average however, try to allow for 20 minutes per kg, plus an extra 90 minutes.
Remove the turkey from the oven and allow to rest for at least 30– 45 minutes before carving. Be sure to save the juices and reduce in a pan to form your gravy.
350g fresh cranberries
water to cover
3 cups of white sugar
1 vanilla pod
Place the cranberries in a pan and add just enough water to cover. Add the sugar and vanilla pod, stir together and place over a low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the berries just begin to burst. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Pour into a wide shallow bowl and serve alongside your turkey with a squash pie and a delicious glass of organic red wine Léoube Collector.