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

Slow Cooker Belgian Wheat Beer Coq au Vin

Coq au VinDespite the south-east (of Queensland) having defrosted last week, I’ve had the slow-cooker out for a stint, rehashing old recipes and trying some new ones. In the process I’ve been reminded of how simple yet how effective low and slow cooking can be. Throw everything together in the morning, head off to work, and be welcomed home to the aroma of your awaiting meal as it simmers away with you barely having to lift a finger. Not to mention it being a cost effective method for feeding the masses, using cheaper cuts that tenderise during the cooking process through the gradual breakdown of those gelatinous pockets of goodness.

I tried my hand at Coq au Vin for the first time, using chicken thighs, and substituting the usual dry white wine for a Belgian-style Continue reading

Beer Scones

WheatBeerScones closeupI ended up spending Australia Day 2015 at home. On my own. Drinking an inordinate number of beers. Sweating up a storm in a non-air-conditioned house. And just generally being a slob. Winning.

A number of things led to this turn of events:

1. I missed my bus to the city with the next one not scheduled for an hour and – thanks to living an inconvenient distance from the city where a day off 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: Lucky Lucky a la Posto

LuckyLuckyMPWitI poached this dish from one of my favourite West End cafes: posto, a friendly and bustling nook down the quiet end of Boundary Street. If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend. The dish, ‘Lucky Lucky’ (as posto call it), is as delicious as it is simple so it was very hard to pass up making it for BBW.

Essentially it’s avocado, tomato and fried haloumi all stacked up on a piece of sour-dough and served with basil and lemon. And the lucky lucky beer I chose to go with it was…

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Beer-Battered Onion Rings

OnionRingsI don’t know about you but I’ve bought a few six packs over the years that haven’t been particularly pleasing to the palate.

What are the possible uses for an uninspiring sextuplet?

  1. Drink every last vomit-worthy sip and pretend to enjoy it
  2. Gift it to friends and family you don’t actually like
  3. Use it for cooking

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