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.

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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

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

Creamy Witbier Scallops

20141231_114235In all my time writing for drunkspec I never once did a seafood recipe. There’s a reason for that – I’m not an avid fan of the sea’s bounty. I usually have to have my seafood battered and deep-fried to enjoy it.

Anyway, I thought it about time I stop thinking about myself and go out of my comfort zone and experiment a little. So here’s my recipe for Creamy Witbier Scallops with a crunchy, lemon roasted pea topping – made possible by Feral Brewing Co. White

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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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Framboise Lambic Sangria

framboiselambicHere it is. My first original post for The Beer Drinker’s Table. It’s Summer here in Australia, and a particularly hot one here in Brisbane as I don’t have air conditioning. So, some refreshment was in order. Well, that and the fact that New Year’s Eve was only a few days ago; I needed a thirst-quencher and something a bit special to celebrate.

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