F1 Malaysia: Nasi Lemak and Noisy Minor ANZUS IPA

Nasi Lemak Noisy MinorDespite Brewsvegas chewing up most of my free time this week, I’m continuing my theme of Formula 1-inspired dishes and beer pairing suggestions. Last installment, for the Australian Grand Prix, I enjoyed Brewcult Spoiler Alert with Lemon Myrtle Barra. This weekend the Formula 1 comes to Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, and offers some inspiration to expand my culinary skills by trying my hand at some local chow and suggesting some beers suited to the cuisine.

After some brief research on the interweb I settled on Nasi Lemak – widely considered as Malaysia’s national dish – and pretty much followed this recipe from allrecipes.com exactly. The only change I Continue reading

St Patrick’s Day Stout, Apple and Cheddar Soda Bread

St Paddy's Stout Soda BreadThis is a recipe I came across watching River Cottage Every Day’s ‘Bread’ episode with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The recipe was not one of Hugh’s own but of a baker in Plymouth who used to work with an Irish chef who liked nothing better than to travel back to Dublin, get a fresh soda bread, a pint of Guinness, an apple and some cheese, and he’d be set for the day. So, the baker on the episode thought, why not combine the four into one.

Soda bread has to be one of the easiest types of bread to make and because it Continue reading

F1 Australia: Lemon Myrtle Barramundi with Brewcult Spoiler Alert

Spoiler Alert: it's fishFormula 1 is back! With practice sessions underway and qualifying to commence in a few hours at 4:00pm AEST. I’m a bit excited. The last few years have seen me grow an understanding and increasing appreciation for a sport I once considered to be cars just going round and round in circles. No doubt spurred on by the successes of Mark Webber and now Daniel Ricciardo (I can Continue reading

Munich Helles and Matriciana

Aerial MatricianaA lot of my cooking skills were learnt growing up in a household of bakers, namely my mother and grandmother. Baking for friends and family and entering our wares into the cookery section of the local show was the norm for me and my siblings. From this home-style, country baking my horizons were broadened at my university college where a communal kitchen with 400-ish of my peers presented ample opportunity to learn new tricks and improve my knowledge Continue reading

Blackberry Porter Sorbet

Blackberry Porter SorbetWith Summer wrapping up (although still supposedly another heat wave on the way for south-east Queensland) it’s time also to wrap up my sorbet posts for the season. The last installment is a blackberry porter sorbet that offers a subtle roast coffee flavour behind the dominant fruit profile. A luscious purple in colour, it’s sure to look the part while delivering an interesting flavour combo. Continue reading

High Tea Paired with a Selection of Craft Beers

Menu Set UpAfter only about 12 months of workshopping this idea in my head, I finally hosted my first high tea paired with a selection of fine beers on Sunday.

I’d been wanting to do this for quite a while and for a number of reasons. Being passionate about good beer and food, I wanted to share this love of mine with my nearest and dearest. I also wanted to showcase beer as being a choice beverage for enjoying with some of the finer, girlier things in life – which, let’s face it, is not exactly what it’s Continue reading

Chocolate Porter Cupcakes

ChocPorter Cupcakes AerialAdmittedly it’s round two with these cupcakes. I first planned to do the classic stout cupcake using Young’s Double Chocolate Stout but when they turned out with a slightly disagreeable yeasty flavour, whether as a result of the beer’s flavours being condensed through baking or some other occurrence on its way to my cellar-cum-pantry, I decided they weren’t quite up to scratch.

Whilst trying to decide on a beer for my second Continue reading