HB&B Blog — Beer Lover's Table

The Beer Lover’s Table: Mediterranean Orzo with Prawns and Marinated Feta and St Bernardus Wit

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen St Bernardus Wheat Beer Witbier

The Beer Lover’s Table: Mediterranean Orzo with Prawns and Marinated Feta and St Bernardus Wit

Remember beaches? The faraway ones, I mean. The ones that took a train and an airport bus and an ungodly early budget flight to reach? Remember the hassle of it all? The too-full carry-on bags and the boarding passes that wouldn’t scan properly and the obligatory Prêt breakfasts? Remember finally arriving, dropping off your suitcases, heading out of your Airbnb or hotel and feeling the sun of somewhere else on your shoulders? Sure, it was the same sun as the one you had back home, but it never felt like it. I recall reading a tweet early in lockdown that...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Stone Fruit Spoon Cake and Schneider Aventinus Tap 6 Wheat Doppelbock

Beer Lover's Table Cake Claire Bullen Germany Schneider Weisse Wheat beer

The Beer Lover's Table: Stone Fruit Spoon Cake and Schneider Aventinus Tap 6 Wheat Doppelbock

I discovered Jerrelle Guy's recipe for strawberry spoon cake, published in NYT Cooking, several months back – just in time to bring it along to a friend's backyard pizza party when lockdown restrictions lifted. It's not an exaggeration to say that it has single-handedly changed the course of my summer. Everything about this cake encapsulates the dog days of August: it's consummately lazy, comes together in 20 minutes and requires ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen. This is a cake you could plausibly whip up on a whim if it's late in the evening and you decide...

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The Beer Lovers Table: Couscous Herb Salad with Marinated Halloumi and Newbarns Table Beer

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Newbarns Pale ale Scotland Table beer

The Beer Lovers Table: Couscous Herb Salad with Marinated Halloumi and Newbarns Table Beer

If there's one thing the lockdown has been good for, it's been supporting small businesses. I may not be spending money on nights out, or fancy dinners, or weekend trips; instead, I'm ordering parcels of goodies to my front door. Hearing the buzzer go is now as exciting to me as it is to the average dog or three-year-old child – altogether, the stream of little boxes and packages feels like a long, drawn-out Christmas. One of the earliest treats I bought myself during lockdown was a mixed 12-case of beers from Newbarns Brewery, a brand-new brewery in Leith, Edinburgh founded by...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Paneer Kathi Rolls and Drop Project Crush Session NEIPA

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Drop Project Session IPA

The Beer Lover’s Table: Paneer Kathi Rolls and Drop Project Crush Session NEIPA

I had my first kathi roll many years ago, as a college freshman in New York City, though I may have been too tipsy at the time to properly appreciate it. A tiny joint a few blocks from campus called Roti Roll routinely stayed open until 4am. I remember deliriously shoving my face into a roll after a night out, heedless of the mounting chilli heat until it was too late. More recently, I fell in love with the Paneer Roomali Roll at Dishoom, from which this recipe takes some inspiration. Kathi rolls – sometimes known as frankies – are...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Radicchio Salad with Goat Cheese, Raspberries & Roasted Pecans and Pastore Raspberry Wild

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Pastore Brewing Salad Sour beer

The Beer Lover’s Table: Radicchio Salad with Goat Cheese, Raspberries & Roasted Pecans and Pastore Raspberry Wild

Until recently, the idea that anyone could “crave” salad seemed preposterous to me. Too many are inadequately seasoned, under-delicious, falling back on their health halos rather than their actual flavour. The salads I like barely count as such: they might be warm grain bowls that happen to be garnished with some token leaves, or members of the caprese family (where cheese is at least 30% of what’s on the plate), or even steak salads (drape meat across some greenery and that’s salad, baby). But then quarantine came. And after weeks of barely moving and also eating my way through regular...

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