For the meringue :
- 4 eggs whites
- 225g caster sugar (or golden caster sugar for a golden meringue)
- 15g cornflour
- 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 !
This classic dish is perfect to enjoy during the cool winter months with its rich flavours of earthy red wine and hearty beef. We like to serve the daube with soft creamy polenta or mashed potatoes and a pile of buttery winter greens. (serves 5)
For the marinade :
- 3 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 onions, peeled and chopped
- 1 stick of celery, diced
- 4 button mushrooms, quartered
- 1 bulb garlic, cloves removed and peeled
- 1 750ml bottle of Léoube Collector Red
- 50ml of cognac
- Bunch of thyme
- Bay leaves
For the daube :
- 1kg beef cheeks
- 150g smoked bacon, sliced
- 12 shallots, peeled
- 3 carrots, peeled and diced
- 6 button mushrooms, diced
- 50g plain flour
- 1kg fresh tomatoes, peeled and diced
- 100g tomato puree
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C fan / Gas Mark 4.
Begin by making the marinade. Heat a little oil in heavy saucepan and add the diced vegetables. Cook over a medium heat for 5-10 minutes until softened and golden brown. Pour in the cognac to deglaze and simmer for a minute or two before adding the red wine, garlic, thyme and bay leaves. Bring back to the boil and simmer for a further minute before setting to one side.
Season the beef cheeks with salt and pepper and then brown them well in a skillet. Once browned, placed the beef in a large dish and pour over the marinade. Cover loosely with brown kitchen paper and leave to marinate in the fridge for 24 hours.
To make the daube, remove the beef cheeks from the marinade and place to one side. Reserve the liquid and discard the vegetables.
In a casserole pan large enough to hold the daube, heat a little oil and add the smoked bacon. Fry until golden brown and then add the shallots, chopped carrots and mushrooms. Cook for about ten minutes until the vegetables have softened and turned slightly golden.
Stir in the flour and cook over the heat for 1 minute. Then gradually add the liquor from the marinade, stirring well to avoid any lumps forming. Add the beef cheeks to the casserole and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for a few minutes skimming off any scum or impurities which come to the surface.
In a small pan flambé the cognac and then pour the liquid over the exposed pieces of meat in the daube. Skim any impurities from the surface once again.
Add the tomatoes and tomato puree to the pan, stirring well and gently basting the beef cheeks with the cooking liquor.
Place in the centre of the oven for two and a half to three hours until the meat is tender and the sauce has reduced. Serve with fluffy mashed potato or polenta and wilted greens.
2 people / 30 min preparation time / 55 min total time – Green Bean Gnocchi & Tomato recipe
- 250g of Green Beans
- 300g of Flour
- 150g Cherry tomatoes
- Half of a Spring onion
- 4 Basil Leaves
- 10g of Parmesan cheese
- Pinch of flour
- Pinch of Salt and Pepper
- 10 Tbsp of Léoube Premium olive oil
We’re going to prepare the green beans as a gnocchi base.
Green Bean Gnocchi
Cook the green beans in a pot of simmering water with coarse salt for 3 minutes, then place them in ice water to stop cooking.
Blend the beans with a little cooking water and 1 tablespoon of Leoube Premium Olive Oil until it becomes a sticky paste.
Add a little flour, stir with a wooden spoon and mix with your hands if necessary.
Add more flour if the pastry is still sticky. When the dough is no longer sticky, flatten it and then cut 1cm sticks so that you can roll them with your hands and give them a green bean shape.
Put them on a floured cloth and leave them to rest for 15 minutes.
While the pastry is resting, we will prepare the cherry tomatoes sauce.
Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters and place them in a dish. Dice the spring onion and the basil into thin strips and add them to the cherry tomatoes.Season with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and some salt & pepper. Bring a pan of water to the boil, gently place your green bean gnocchi’s in the pan and wait for them to rise to the surface to make sure they are properly cooked.
Take a shallow soup bowl and carefully plate up your green bean gnocchi. Gently spoon your fresh tomato sauce over the top and to finish, slice 2/3 thick shavings of Parmesan cheese and place on top. Add a pinch of local salt and voila! Bon appetit !
Pair this fresh and springtime dish with a delicate and fruity rosé, such as our flagship wine Rosé de Léoube.
Marion Pouget, Head of Café Léoube.
For 2 people / 40 min preparation time + 40 min cooking time – vegan ravioli recipe
- 1 Raw beetroot
- 2 Courgette
- 1 Spring Onion
- 130g Skinless beans
- 4 tbsp Olive oil
- 20g Lemon juice
- 20 Coriander leaves
- 1 large tbsp Sweet & sour sauce
- 1 pinch of Salt
- 1 pinch of Pepper
- 5g Butter
To begin preheat your oven to 200°C, then heat some water in a pan with a tiny bit of olive oil or butter. Once the water boils, place the beans in the pan and cook for 10 minutes, once cooked place in cold water with ice cubes to stop the beans from overcooking.
Courgette purée dressing
cut half of the spring onions into small cubes, slice the courgette and put some olive oil in the pan. Once the olive oil is hot, turn down the heat to low setting and gently fry off the spring onions for 5 minutes, lightly season and then add in the courgette. Gently fry this mix for 10 minutes and to add in some flavour, place 5 coriander leaves and 15ml of the cooking water from the beans to the courgette mix and leave to simmer for a further 10 minutes. Once cooked give them a quick taste and add in any extra seasoning if necessary and leave to rest on the side.
To prepare the beetroot ravioli you will need to slice the beetroot as thinly as possible, try using a mandolin if you have one alternatively a sharp knife will do, try to make 20 slices, roughly 10 slices per person.
5) Cook the beetroot slices in a pan for 8 minutes. Once cooked place the pan in some cold water to stop the beetroot from overcooking and to cool before making the ravioli parcels.
Broad bean guacamole
first remove the skins from the beans and place in a blender along with some lemon juice, sweet and sour sauce, the rest of the coriander leaves, 1 tbsp of olive oil, some salt and pepper. Blend together to a smooth paste.
Thinly slice up the other half of the spring onions and place in a pan with a knob of butter or olive oil and caramelise.
Finally to create the ravioli; take a slice of the cooked beetroot, place 1 tbsp of the bean guacamole into the centre and place another slice of beetroot on top, and gently press down around the edges. Take care to carefully complete the remaining ravioli and simply plate up.
To finish, place the caramelised spring onions on top, add in the courgette purée dressing and sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves to garnish.
Marion Pouget, Head-chef of Café Léoube.
P.S. A fun trick to use up any leftover beetroot is to make some beetroot oven chips; simply put the remaining slices on some baking paper with some olive oil, salt and pepper and simply cook for 8 min at 200°C, once cooked allow them to cool – voila beetroot chips!
A true highlight of the festive season, there is nothing quite like sharing a stuffed turkey on Christmas Eve with a delicious glass of organic red wine.
Chef Marion from Café Léoube shares his top tips on preparing the perfect bird – a tradition that begins with sourcing an outdoor reared turkey from our local farmer or butcher.
150g stale bread crumbs
180ml cold milk
5g fresh ginger
30ml cold water
Handful of fresh cranberries
Generous pinch of salt and pepper
Sprig of thyme
Place the bread, milk, cloves and ginger into a bowl and allow to soak for ½ an hour. Next add the cold water, cranberries, salt, pepper and thyme and mix together to form the stuffing.
X1 6.6kg turkey
1 sprig rosemary
1 sprig thyme
2 slugs Léoube olive oil
Preheat the oven to 180°C
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.