Cinnamon Tea Cake paired with a Peach Wheat Beer

aerialctcbwMy aunt and uncle invited me to their place last weekend to partake in a lovo – haunches of meat and whole root vege cooked in the ground over heated rocks. Knowing they had the main meal more than covered I wondered what to bring to repay the favour and make up for the oodles of leftovers I knew I’d be carting home. Usually we’ll sit and have a cuppa while we wait for the food to cook – which is generally about 2 hours depending on what you’ve thrown in. Looking in my cookbook, which would more aptly be described as a mish-mash of recipes collected and becoming increasingly more unorganised over the years, I came across an old favourite – Cinnamon Tea Cake. ‘Done!’, I Continue reading

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

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

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

La Sirene Farmhouse Red with Scones, Jam and Whipped Cream

Farmhouse Red with SconesIt’s a little late but as promised, a pairing recommendation for last week’s wheat beer scones: La Sirene’s Farmhouse Red.

La Sirene is a brewery on the up and up at the moment. Their bottled and draught ranges are widely available (relatively speaking) and all of them Continue reading

Australia Day Lamb: 3 ways with pairings

lambylambylamblambLamb: the meat of choice on Australia Day since Sam Kekovich graced our television screens as Australia’s “Lambassador” in a series of satirical advertising campaigns commencing in 2005. Well, it could’ve been before this but I only remember it so post Sam bringing my attention to the rampant un-Australianism of not enough lamb chops on barbies.

In any event, I’ve made a concerted effort to “chomp on a chop” each Australia Day weekend for the past few years. Marketing huh! So here are some no-fuss lamb-centric recipes to help make your Australia Day with some pairing ideas. You know it makes sense!

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Breakfasting with Beer: French Brioche

FrenchBriocheFor the last instalment of breakfast and beer pairings (at least for this time around anyway), I opted for a second dish featuring that most beloved of cured meats. In contrast to the last bacon dish, I served this one up with something a little more on the sweet side – French Brioche and Maple Roasted Figs.

For me this dish required a beer with a fairly robust bitterness yet sweet Continue reading