The Old-Fashioned is one of my favourite cocktails. Its simplicity makes is very easy to transfer the concept to baking. It only containes bourbon, sugar and cocktail bitters.
Here I used doppelbock for a strictly Bavarian version of the famous Italian osso bucco. The side dishes are typically Bavarian too, pretzel dumplings and Speckkrautsalat, a kind of coleslaw with bacon.
I was born in the Kurpfalz region of Germany which roughly is located between Frankurt and Karlsruhe along the Rhine river. A traditional late summer treat of this region is onion pie served with Federweißer. It is grape harvest season, and vintners sell partly fermented wine which is unfiltered and still sparkling.
Apart from using it as a sauce for vegetables, sauce hollandaise is also great for gratinating. This recipe is fairly simple in principle but because of the hollandaise it takes some time to make. Don't even think about using fake supermarket hollandaise made with oil for this. If you don't have the time, better use cheese for gratinating.
I have always wanted to make flank steak but I never got around it so far. As a condiment to go with the steak I had the idea to make a mayonnaise with herbs, also to test the blending capabilites of my Magimix food processor which so far I have only used for chopping sausage meat.
Doppelbock is a very good beer for cooking because its sweetness stronlgy offsets the bitterness of the hops. In braising doppelbock can replace red wine in numerous cases without problem like with oxtail.
Tarts and quiches are a bit like pizza, they allow you to use a wide range of ingredients to create interesting variations. This is a fairly basic tart that combines the distinctive flavours of bacon and blue cheese.
If you love French charcuterie as much as I do, you might want to give this a try. The recipe is fairly easy, and the result is delicious.
Anyone who knows me will agree that I am an outspoken carnivore. And also in this blog meat plays a major part. But there is one vegetarian dish that I would not want to swap for anything in this world and that for me puts many meat dishes to shame: Käsespätzle