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.
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.
This is a classic dish from Jura region in France. It is quite simple to make but the ingredients will set you back quite a bit, especially if you decide to use a Bresse chicken for complete Jurassic authenticity. The combination of vin jaune and morels is simply divine and there is no need whatsoever to become creative and try to "improve" this creation.
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.
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.
Some people say it's dog food, others love it. Tripe is a typical poor man's food of the past, but in Germany is has become almost forgotten, except in Swabia. My mother was born near Stuttgart, and in her youth she learnt to prepare all the traditional Swabian dishes. This is how she cooks tripe.
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.