Biryani Rice & Fiery Onion Relish {Chef CollaBREWation #5}

This rice recipe is so flavorful and easy it may become a staple at your house. It has at mine.

If you’re just tuning into Love Beer, Love Food – welcome! Let’s get you up to speed. This post is one of a series I’m calling Chef CollaBREWation where my friend Dan Higgins, an excellent chef, and I are working together, aka collaBREWating – because making up words is my favorite.

Basically, he is teaching me some of his cooking knowledge and I am learning, as well as pairing beers with his delightful food.

We’ve already made some epic dishes, including an outrageous Irish whiskey creme brûlée, a delicious and simple citrusy olive tapenade which we spread all over my nearly no-knead stout bread,  stupid good cauliflower pakora (fritters) with creamy, cucumber raita, as well as a mind-blowing authentic lamb curry.

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The night we made that absolutely amazing, authentic lamb curry, we piled it on top of this biryani rice. As you know, it was all so good that I ate it, without complaint, for about a week straight.

I was curious about the origins of biryani so I did a bit of research and it turns out that there are many different takes on the dish, which appears to have originated in Persia sometime in the late 1500s. The word biryani comes from the Persian word ‘birian,’ which in Farsi, means ‘fried before cooking’. You’ll see in the recipe that the rice is sautéed with plenty of butter (traditionally ghee, or clarified butter) before adding spices and stock. This technique ensures that the rice doesn’t stick together, which is an essential component of biryani. Continue reading Biryani Rice & Fiery Onion Relish {Chef CollaBREWation #5}

10 Ways to Cook with BEER!

It’s no surprise that I love to cook with beer. My recent interview with the fine folks of the Ohio Beercast inspired me to think about all the various ways you can use beer in cooking. I was amazed at all of the options I came up with – practically limitless.

To get us thinking, here are 10 Ways to Cook with Beer:

1.) Add beer to soups and stews.

Subbing a bit of beer for water or broth in your soups and stews can really amp up the flavor. Chili is a classic with beer – try BeerQuest ABV’s tasty looking beer chili, or branch out with this spicy Indian tomato soup from Draft Magazine.

2.) ‘Beerinade’ your meat. 

Grilling season and beer, there is practically nothing better. A simple marinade with beer, salt, and a bit of oil is all you need to enhance the flavor of your favorite steak or chicken. Add extra herbs and spices for the perfect ‘beerinade.’

"beerinaded" flank steak Continue reading 10 Ways to Cook with BEER!

Catching up w/ Blank Slate Brewing Company

You remember my friend Scott from Blank Slate Brewing Company, right?

Of course you do! He makes some of the best beer in all of Cincinnati, Ohio, and I personally think, in all of the Midwest.

Last time we caught up with Scott was about a year ago and a lot has changed since then. Business is going well, perhaps too well, if that’s possible.

Blank Slate Brewing Company Continue reading Catching up w/ Blank Slate Brewing Company

Crispy Cauliflower Pakora & Raita {Chef CollaBREWation #4}

To start off our most recent collaBREWation meal (you remember, that obscenely delicious and fiery lamb curry), we started out with a heaping platter of these crispy cauliflower fritters, aka pakora.

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We served up these wonderfully spiced, fried pakora with tangy raita – an easy as cake Indian condiment. I was surprised at how much I LOVED this yogurty goodness. The cooling cucumber, subtle spices and onion, plus tangy yogurt work wonders together.

I piled a mound on top of each bite of spicy pakora and happiness ensued. Continue reading Crispy Cauliflower Pakora & Raita {Chef CollaBREWation #4}

Authentic Lamb Curry {Chef CollaBREWation #3}

As you know already, Dan, our chef collaBREWator has worked at some pretty fantastic restaurants, including Straights of Malacca, a Malaysian fine dining restaurant. One of his absolute favorite dishes to make and eat is this ridiculously tasty, authentic curry. “A sure thing on my future restaurant menu,” he exclaims with aplomb.

His take on the dish is spicy, complex and oh so delicious. Filled with fresh lemongrass, ginger, curry leavesturmeric and Galangal, this beautiful red curry is not just delicious, but truly legit. It sounds a little scary, but these authentic ingredients can be found. Locally to me in Cincinnati, I was able to find all of these (except the curry leaves) at Jungle Jim’s. You can also try an Asian market or specialty store for all plus the curry leaves, or you can try and order them online.

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Chef Dan Higgins enjoying a 21st Amendment Lower DeBoom Barleywine

After trying the dish myself, I assure you that if I ever fulfill my own lifelong dream of owning a brewpub (girls can dream), I wholeheartedly agree that it would have a spot on the menu. Continue reading Authentic Lamb Curry {Chef CollaBREWation #3}