Balsamic Baltic Porter Steak & Onion Pie

Acid Freaks Steak PieRaise the roof! BrewCult have brought back their first GABS beer from 2013; a beer that completely stumped me in how much I enjoyed it. It’s a Balsamic Baltic Porter and goes by the name Acid Freaks. Balsamic, yep, that’s not a typo, it’s a beer with vinegar in it.

Even if you’re not a huge balsamic vinegar fan, I recommend giving this one a burl. I did and am now a convert to this oddity of a concoction and to the wondrous world of balsamic. And, after having Acids Freaks again on tap during the recent Brewsvegas festival in Brisbane, inspiration hit. 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

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.

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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.

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Breakfasting with Beer: Lemon Pancakes

LemonPancakesAerialThis blog wouldn’t be doing it’s duty of compiling a series of breakfast and beer combinations without some form of pancakes being on the menu. The inspiration for this little number came from a little B&B in upstate New York where some scrumptious lemon pancakes were served up one morning in a charming old homestead. I scoured the internet to try my best at recreating them and found a recipe, which I imagine to be very similar, at Jen’s Favourite Cookies, a baking blog, so kudos Jen! (Mine don’t look anywhere near as good!)

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