Red wine jus. It’s a lot easier to make than you might think! This delicious, rich sauce is excellent with game and fowl (pan-roasted duck breast is a particular favourite of mine) and can even be used instead of gravy to make that old favourite, sausage and mash, more exciting.
Use this easy, griddled asparagus starter to impress your friends and dinner party guests (or even a date!). It’s quick, simple to make and very tasty. Note that your balsamic reduction can easily be made ahead of time, as it will keep for quite a while and is delicious as a dressing or dip with all sorts of dishes.