31 December 2014
24 December 2014
1 cloveless garlic
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
10 g dried chanterelles (or other forest mushrooms)
1 dl pearled spelt
4-5 dl vegetable stock
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
400 g peeled and cooked chestnuts
1/2 dl breadcrumbs
Boil the peeled parsnips and carrots in water until soft and mash them.
Soak the dried chanterelles in water for about ten minutes.
Chop the onions and garlic finely and cook soft in the rapeseed oil.
Add the chanterelles and the spelt with the vegetable stock to the pan and let simmer until all excess water has been absorbed by the spelt and they are cooked. Season with black pepper.
Combine the spelt and root vegetable mixes and lightly crush the chestnuts among the mix. Then stir it into an even batter. Add some breadcrumbs if needed.
Spread the mix into an oven dish and bake at 180C for about 45 minutes.
Enjoy with your Christmas dinner.
23 December 2014
We're finally very close to Christmas. Here in Finland the celebrations already start tomorrow. There's some snow around here and a pleasant frost, so it's looking good.
Tasty drinks are as an important part of the holiday season as is the food. Mulled wine and cider need to be obtained for the celebrations as well as diverse Christmas beers. Obviously I will only be sipping and tasting these drinks, by no means drinking excessively.
Of course I have been tasting some international Christmas beers for you even this year. Here are my tasting notes on them.
Het Anker Gouden Carolus Christmas 10,5 %
- strong liquorice and anise taste in the beginning
- then rum and raisin and maybe plums after that
- quite different from the other Christmas beers I tasted
St Eriks Bryggeri Julale 5,4 %
- malt character
- mango and papaya
- malty honey aftertaste
- forwardly hoppy without bitterness
- loads of character of late addition of hops
Tuborg Christmas Brew 5,6 %
- malty, a little toffee and banana with a smoky finish
- rather nice wintery, Christmassy beer
- nutty in the aftertaste
- subtle apple taste throughout
BrewDog Santa Paws 4,5 %
- Christmas Scotch ale
- lovely dark deep colour, originally I said "darker than the night" when I saw it
- slight tar and smoke in the taste
- tastes of sweet caramel, roasted malt and even coffee
- aroma of burnt toffee and banana
- bitter yet smooth mouthfeel
Downton Brewery Chocolate Orange Delight 5,7 %
- strong chocolate taste
- burnt notes especially in the aftertaste
- copperly tang
- dark with a citrussy bitterness
Abbaye des Rocs Speciale Noel 9,0 %
- smells of caramel
- has a sweet caramel, toffee, plum and vanilla taste with something fruity, almost like a scorched pear
- peary estery
Mikkeller Red & White Christmas 8,0 %
- fruits, caramel, vanilla, citrus peel
- grassy hops
- floral notes
- lots of grapefruit taste
Great Heck Black Santa 5,4 %
- dark brown stout
- chocolaty, nutty, caramel, bitter
- has a fruity aftertaste
I wish a hoppy Christmas to all friends of beer!