One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dish of fish in a sauce of wine and onions.
- ‘On the menu were classics unheard of in Fifties London: paté de campagne, matelote d' anguille and bouillabaisse.’
- ‘For the matelote: In a blender or food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine pike, heavy cream and egg yolk and mix until smooth.’
- ‘The matelote receives universal praise and quickly vanishes.’
French, from à la matelote, literally ‘mariner-style’, from matelot ‘sailor’ (see matelot).
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