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The Beer Lover's Table: Caramelised Shallot and Tomato Pasta with Anchovies and Brick Brewery Dunkel

Beer Lover's Table Brick Brewery Claire Bullen Dunkel Lager SE London

The Beer Lover's Table: Caramelised Shallot and Tomato Pasta with Anchovies and Brick Brewery Dunkel

One of my favourite Instagram accounts belongs to my friend Katie. At @nytfortea, she reviews New York Times Cooking’s vegetarian (or veggie-adjacent) recipes, including star ratings, tweaks and overall impressions. The comments on NYT Cooking’s recipes are famously deranged – a mix of rambling personal stories and diatribes from people who swapped out half the ingredients and can’t understand why the recipe didn’t work – so instead, Katie’s Instagram has become a micro-recipe recommendation service, one I can always trust. Recently, Katie made Caramelised Shallot Pasta, and I recalled noting down the recipe nearly two years ago – in the early...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Lemon and Almond Waffles with Cardamom Maple Whipped Cream and Gipsy Hill Squashed Peach Bellini Sour

Alcohol-free Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen gipsy hill SE London Sour

The Beer Lover's Table: Lemon and Almond Waffles with Cardamom Maple Whipped Cream and Gipsy Hill Squashed Peach Bellini Sour

If there’s anything I dread more than January’s arrival – its short, gloomy days; its long, cold nights; the lingering post-party malaise – it’s the annual Dry January discourse that accompanies it. No matter whether you choose to forsake all alcohol for 31 days or plan a wet Tryanuary to remember, you are still likely to be met with the admonitions of reproving strangers. Me, I like to sit on the sidelines. If I have any stance, it is that whether or not you choose to drink this month, you should still treat yourself to special, delicious things in order...

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Fundamentals #109 – Brick x Hop Burns & Black HOP East Coast IPA

Brick Brewery Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis New England IPA SE London

Fundamentals #109 – Brick x Hop Burns & Black HOP East Coast IPA

Back in the early days of this column, the principle of each month’s feature was to focus on a single element within the brewing process, be it an ingredient or method, and expand on it. In a typically Hop Burns & Black fashion, that went out the window in favour of fun and whimsy. But for a one-off I’m going to try and reign that back in. Forgive me if I get a little sentimental over the next few paragraphs. (It is Christmas after all, and if you can’t do that now, then when can you?) Trust is one of...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Middle Eastern Macaroni and Cheese and Gipsy Hill x Berliner Berg Oscillator Doppelbock

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Doppelbock gipsy hill SE London

The Beer Lover's Table: Middle Eastern Macaroni and Cheese and Gipsy Hill x Berliner Berg Oscillator Doppelbock

Until now, I was a macaroni and cheese purist. By which I mean: saucepan, stovetop. No breadcrumbs, not baked; certainly no broccoli. Just pasta and the gooiest, thickest, creamiest sauce it’s possible to make – the kind that makes filthy sucking noises when you stir it. But then I met this recipe, from Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love, the new cookbook from Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad. It makes several ingenious twists to the mac and cheese format, beginning with the fact that the pasta is not cooked separately but simmers directly in the milky sauce base; its starches aren’t...

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Fundamentals #91 - Villages Big Salad New England IPA

Deptford IPA Matthew Curtis SE London Villages

Fundamentals #91 - Villages Big Salad New England IPA

I miss brewery taprooms. I might be a pub creature at heart – someone that longs for a warm, dimly lit space, perhaps sat bellied up to the bar on a high stool, or tucked away in a quiet booth, shielded from the bustle of daily life. But taprooms have a special quality too. They aren’t pubs, but they are just as wonderful at bringing us together. Drinking this new IPA, Big Salad, from Villages, in Deptford, South London, instantly transported me back to the brewery’s own taproom. Like so many in London, it’s nestled underneath a railway arch. It’s...

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