I make no secret of the fact that I love meat braised or stewed in beer. And my favourite beer style to do this is doppelbock because of its sweetness and richness in flavour.
In German cuisine veal brisket is almost only ever used for the classic "Stuffed Veal Brisket" dish that uses a bread based stuffing. But veal brisket is also a wonderful cut for braising and stewing as long as you don't mind some fat and connective tissue on your meat. In this dish the sauce is enriched with cream and a dash of brandy.
Most of the times when I cook a pork roast I go for the traditional Bavarian "Krustenbraten". This recipe has some similarties but it uses a liquid you would not normally associate with pork: dry vermouth. But it works.
About 20 years ago during a short stay in Paris I went to the famous Table d'Anvers restaurant. The menu featured a very strange dish that caught my attention: veal head with chocolate sauce. I have always wanted to make something similar, so here is a creation using pork hock.
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.
Because I was so delighted by the flavour combination of rosemary and orange zest in the vetricina teramana I made recently I thought I might give this a try in a proper meal. It turns out that it works well.
Earlier this year I made cholent, a traditional Jewish dish that is braised overnight to avoid kitchen work on shabbat. Now low-temperature braised beef is a wonderful thing, and so I decided to take this concept and use it for a more generic approach that does require some work the next day.
The classic Gratin Dauphinois is a very popular side dish in French cooking. With some bacon and cheese it can be transformed into a simple yet delicious main dish.
In January I made pork rillettes which turned out very nice. Here is my take on goose rillettes. In principle the preparation is very much the same, but the fact that an entire bird is used makes the procedure and the logistics a bit more difficult.
Italy is famous for its cured meats, be it ham, salami or others. One lesser known cured sausage is a regional speciality from Calabria: 'Nduja. The name derives from the French Andouille, but this is a completely different beast. This sausage is made from very fat pork and is spiced with 30% hot Calabrian peppers. You can spread in on bread or use it in the kitchen.