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Wine & Food Killers: Shrimp Étouffée and Fin Wines I’m All Ears Pet Nat 2021

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Wine & Food Killers: Shrimp Étouffée and Fin Wines I’m All Ears Pet Nat 2021

Alongside gumbo and jambalaya, shrimp étouffée is a stalwart of Cajun and Creole cooking, and a classic New Orleans dish. Étouffée means “smothered” in French, and in this dish, pink prawns are enrobed in a saucy stew made with a base of the “Cajun holy trinity” – onion, celery, and green bell pepper – and a burnished roux, mixed with chillis and a potent Cajun spice mix, chopped tomatoes and fish stock. That mix is cooked down until thickened and glossy, served with rice, then garnished with handfuls of parsley. I tend to crave New Orleans-style cooking at this time...

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Fundamentals #118 — Lambiek Fabriek Juicy & Wild Muscar-Elle

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Fundamentals #118 — Lambiek Fabriek Juicy & Wild Muscar-Elle

I got myself in a spot of bother on Twitter recently. It’s something that admittedly happens with a certain regularity, due to my acerbic sense of humour, and the fact I often forget that when you post something on the internet devoid of context, a lot of people won’t get the joke. “Beer and food pairing is a lie,” I stated, when asked for my own “cancellable beer take”. My hope that this would get lost amid the general business of the viral thread was misplaced. I could almost hear the tut-tuts as people hurriedly typed out their replies informing...

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Fundamentals #117 — Pressure Drop Cheese New England IPA

Fundamentals #117 — Pressure Drop Cheese New England IPA

“Dank, ripe, delicious” read the tasting notes on the back of this excellently designed can. But while descriptors like these don’t really explain what Cheese, the latest hazy IPA from North London’s Pressure Drop, actually tastes like, they tell you pretty much everything you need to know: that this beer is dripping with the juicy flavours and aromas that, when done well, make this style of beer so appealing. To be a little more specific, the flavours in this beer are totally tropical, with ripe mango and kiwi fruit to the fore, joined by a little fresh strawberry and passion fruit...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Spring Chicken with Potatoes and Asparagus and Arpus TDH Strata x Nelson x Galaxy IPA

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The Beer Lover's Table: Spring Chicken with Potatoes and Asparagus and Arpus TDH Strata x Nelson x Galaxy IPA

Years ago, when we all still lived in London, a group of friends and I developed a ritual: Every Sunday, we would meet at one of their houses for “family dinner”, which consisted unvaryingly of a roast chicken and potatoes. All of us lived far from family and these casual dinners quickly became a lifeline, a way to come together to enjoy a simple and comforting meal at the end of the week. The company was excellent, and the chicken was, too – juicy and moist every time, fresh with lemon and herbs, but never fussy. When I finally asked my...

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Wine & Food Killers: Oyster Mushroom, Wild Garlic and Chipotle Quesadillas with Kindeli Tinto 2020

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Wine & Food Killers: Oyster Mushroom, Wild Garlic and Chipotle Quesadillas with Kindeli Tinto 2020

If I am guilty of one thing every spring, it is of losing my shit over the annual return of wild garlic. I’m aware that I make a slightly parodic picture: The wayward urban forager who runs to that secret patch in the local woodland armed with a pair of kitchen shears, trying to keep my scarf from collecting too much dirt as I hunch over another patch of those glossy green leaves. But I’m happy looking foolish if it means walking away with a big ziploc bag stuffed with the seasonal bounty, trailed by an allium scent cloud that follows...

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