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@paddockjudge
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Share your recipes, food pairings, experiences with, or pictures of table fare.

9 months ago

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@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

Meatball Sandwich 48 ounces

9 months ago 3Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

@paddockjudge - ' the incredibly delicious Nigella Lawson '

Well said grin

Thanks for the link!

9 months ago 3Who liked this?

@archivist
archivist replied

@paddockjudge first a photo of a meatball sandwich served with Stella, and then sharing the link to Nigella's recipe for Guinness chocolate cake?! You have made my Sunday. Thank you!

9 months ago 3Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood replied

@paddockjudge, damn man... That's one whopper of a meatball sandwich. I know what I want to eat this week.

@RianC I've always had a weakness for Nigella, hers first two books were not only well written but were clearly coming from someone who just loved food so much. Her candid style in the Nigella bites TV show was refreshing as well. That she happened to be foxy was something else altogether.

9 months ago 6Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood replied

Ok so here's the Nigella cake, made using a Coffee milk stout from a local brewery and toped with maple caramel corn. I know, I know heresy but the crunch of the popcorn offsets the decadence of the whole affair.

9 months ago 5Who liked this?

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@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

I've made a couple of Guiness Cakes, this one was shared on Christmas Eve...@fiddich1980 you've spoiled us.

9 months ago 6Who liked this?

@fiddich1980
fiddich1980 replied

I'm happy and at the same time, stunned to see this cake has given everyone such pleasure.

9 months ago 5Who liked this?

@archivist
archivist replied

@cricklewood like the idea of having some crunch to the cake, though how truly decadent! You used a coffee milk stout, do you think it added a richer, creamier flavor than if you had gone with Guinness, which I would guess may impart a more malty flavor? I have a coffee milk stout from Stone Brewing, and Guinness - this weekend I may have to bake two cakes to compare...

9 months ago 3Who liked this?

@archivist
archivist replied

@paddockjudge lovely cake! now...is that fudge I see tucked to the side?!

9 months ago 1Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood replied

@archivist there's definitely a difference when swapping beer but it's subtle. I found it most noticeable when eating the leftovers in the following days.

As for the popcorn, we are people without morals or fear laughing

9 months ago 0

@RianC
RianC replied

Those all look very tempting! I'm trying to convince my partner of this but the stout element is putting her off . . . more for me then smile

Nigella says the stout doesn't really come through that strongly, is that right? I've made stews with Guinness before and they have been quite bitter (a ruby ale being the perfect fodder with beef)

9 months ago 0

@Hewie
Hewie replied

@RianC for the beer I used a bottle of my home brew, what I called double stout. It has lots of chocolate and coffee notes but is quite bitter. You definitely don't notice it in the cake. I'm sure she'll love it. You'll just have to make it to convince her. The cream cheese icing is a perfect foil for the richness of the cake (and I didn't add the cornflour to the icing - it seemed unnecessary).

9 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

@Hewie - Never mind the cake, I want some of your home-brew stuck_out_tongue

9 months ago 2Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

Just made a very authentic Chick pea curry (or Chana masala). It's from the Guardian so hope it works out of the UK - if not, PM me.

theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/…

I've made them before and always felt they were missing something but this one really hit the spot and took me back to my first time in India eating that very curry from roadside Dhabas in the Punjab. Really rich, meaty (yes, it is!) and perfect with a Bath ale and Ardbeg 10 - it brought the smoke and sweet side out beautifully.

My only tweak is the garam masala at the end. I make my own which is basically 2 finely chopped bay leaves, 2 split cardamom pods and 4 cloves quickly fried in a good knob of butter (or ghee) for about 30 secs then add a good pinch of cinnamon and a 1/2 to 1 tsp grating of nutmeg. Give it all a quick swish in the butter then add it all to the curry.

9 months ago 3Who liked this?

@Hewie
Hewie replied

@RianC that sounds great. Love a great chana masala - very underrated

9 months ago 1Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood replied

@RianC Nice share, These kind of pulse dishes can be so fulfilling (and filling also), especially in winter. I think I will tackle this soon, I don't cook Indian food all that much because I am spoiled near my work and partner's place with really stellar Indian restaurants. It's too easy to just pick-up but it's much more satisfying to cook them yourself.

9 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

@cricklewood @Hewie - It's nice when one finally hits on a recipe that delivers a taste that you've been searching for! This is going to be part of my repertoire for sure! Cheap as chips too!

I had it with chapatis which were perfect for scooping it up.

9 months ago 2Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood replied

I had a bout of Insomnia on Thursday evening, so rather than tossing and turning I channeled it into baking.

Persimmon bread, modified from a James Beard recipe, it also calls for about 2/3 cups cognac or whisky, so Leopold Raffin and Four Roses came to the rescue.

I baked the remainder in a muffin pan for the sake of expediency.

8 months ago 6Who liked this?

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@cricklewood
cricklewood replied

I made tamale pie over the weekend, killed the last of it tonight. This is one preparation I come back to often. You can make the base simple or gussy it up if you choose and I am a sucker for cornbread.

8 months ago 4Who liked this?

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@Hewie
Hewie replied

@cricklewood I'm a sucker for cornbread and that looks really tasty. Care to share your recipe?

8 months ago 1Who liked this?

gfc replied

@paddockjudge @fiddich1980 That cake looks amazing! I think I will try my hand at it. Does it make much difference which type of Guinness I use? I have access to Guinness Extra Stout and Guinness Draught (with the nitrogen widget). Thanks

8 months ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@gfc, I think either would make a great cake. I used a 500 ml can with widget... recipe calls for 250 ml... couldn't let a half can go to waste ;)

8 months ago 3Who liked this?

@Hewie
Hewie replied

@cricklewood thanks. My wife is going to love me even more when I make this for her relaxed

8 months ago 2Who liked this?

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

Kicking-off the Canada flag_ca Day long weekend with a well deserved litre of domestic lager and a pair of patriot-worthy sangwidges (Canadian Bacon as our southern neighbours prefer to call it)

3 months ago 5Who liked this?

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@Hewie
Hewie replied

@paddockjudge nice work, Sir. You call that bacon? Looks more like steaks to me heart_eyes

3 months ago 2Who liked this?

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@Hewie, sweet-pickled boneless pork loin rolled in corn meal and cooked, then pan fried. Topped with garlic dill pickles, old cheddar cheese and a thick slathering of yellow mustard, all on freshly baked rolls. Steam Whistle Lager to quench my thirst after busting my hump in the yard today. An amazing combo!

3 months ago 7Who liked this?

@Hewie
Hewie replied

@paddockjudge sounds (and looks) amazing. Enjoy

3 months ago 1Who liked this?

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