April 13, 2012 by bri
I’ve got a secret recipe for you:
One part rhubarb, two parts hope.
That’s the recipe for spring here in Seattle. Oh, and the rhubarb is optional.
Since my discovery of Snoqualmie Brewery and their Spring Fever Belgian Grand Cru a few years ago, the waiting period between gloom and summer around here has become a bit more exciting. The beer is awesomely fruity and refreshing, and is a perfect addition to spritz cookies and rhubarb jam.
Category Cookies and Bars, Jams and Jellies | Tags: belgian beer,belgian strong pale ale,cookies,ganache,honey,rhubarb,snoqualmie brewery,snoqualmie spring fever,white chocolate | 3 Comments
February 29, 2012 by bri
Some time ago, my friend and fellow baking-badass Briana suggested that beer jelly would be a great project for my blog and I agreed. We eventually got together and brought this idea to fruition.
Raspberry lambic seemed like a great starting point for what I’m sure will be the first of many beer jelly adventures. We chose a sweet wine jelly recipe and replaced all of the wine with Lindeman’s Framboise Lambic (a beer that is sweet enough to remind me of sweet wine, tart and funky enough to have its own personality). Orange zest added some pizzaz.
Briana’s husband, Lindsey, and their super cute baby, Tristan, teamed up to help us out. In one of the photos in this post, you’ll notice Tristan assisting by stirring the boiling jam (behind his parents’ back, of course – they would never permit him to use the stove at his young age).
Category Jams and Jellies | Tags: apples,belgian beer,glaze,jelly,lambic,lindemans framboise,orange zest,pate sucree,vegan | 6 Comments
January 27, 2012 by bri
Citrus season is my favorite food season of the year. I love to just stand in the citrus area of my local grocery store and peruse all of the varieties of wonderfully sparkling fruit. Citrus is a burst of flavor and an explosion of color during an otherwise dreary time of year. Especially here in the Pacific Northwest where the winters can be incredibly dreary.
Solar Trans Amplifier is kind of like that winter citrus surprise for me. Sure, it’s a great refreshing beer in the summer, but this year I’ve had cravings for it during the rainiest of evenings. The spicy flavors in it are the warm and comforting kind: camomile and ginger. Perfect for a cozy winter’s evening. It was a no-brainer for me to pair one of my favorite beers with one of my favorite foods. I chose to feature Cara Cara oranges in this marmalade because of their delicious flavor (almost floral) and their interesting color. This is the first in a two-part series featuring this beer paired with oranges.
Category Jams and Jellies | Tags: belgian beer,belgian wit,epic ales,honey,jam,marmalade,oranges,solar trans amplifier | No Comments