Friday 14 October 2011

Battle of the Sexes - Bring It On!

The lovely John Keeling
Tonight I am facing off against John Keeling, head brewer at Fuller's in a battle of the sexes - not really it's just going to be me and John picking beers for a menu set by the lovely Angus, licensee of the Red Lion.

I'll also have just 10 of my books, which I managed to beg, borrow and steal from the publishers to be signed, I did my first signing at Ilkley Literary Festival last week but I haven't had a chance to blog about that yet, it's all coming along with news from across the pond at GABF as well.

Anyway, here is what I'm putting up against the might of the narky Manc! I really hope given the breadth of choice I had available to me that I do justice to Angus's lovely food.

Amuse Bouche
Live oyster, steeped in Cantillon lambic & raspberry puree 
Matched with Aspall's Cyder (I'm cheating straight away!)

To Start
Charcuterie board
“Pickled” smoked duck breast in Kriek w/ cherry compote 
Matched with Anchor Liberty

Oxsprings English Air Dried Ham & fresh fig 
Matched with Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted

Brandade of Salt Cod, on rye 
Matched with St Austell Clouded Yellow

Devils on Horseback (pancetta/mango chutney /English mustard) 
Matched with Chimay Blue

Main Courses
Sweet potato & Yam Fatt Putt w/ Chinese slow roast Belly Pork in Plum Sauce w/ Asian Slaw (mouli/carrot/spring onion/mint/toasted sesame & lime dressing) 
Matched with Thornbridge Kipling

Lahmacun (greek lamb pizza-type thing) Pickled cucumber salad & Greek Yoghurt 
Matched with Williams Bros Grozet

Pear Tart Tatin w/ Fuller’s Double Stout Devon Ice Cream 
Matched with Dark Star Espresso Stout

Chilli Salted Caramel tartlet 
Matched with O'Hanlon's Brewer's Reserve


beersiveknown said...

I think most of those will work really well, those desserts both sound amazing. Will be interesting to see how the liberty stands up to the duck.

Leigh said...

Sounds lovely, and all soudns perfect - kudos for devils on horseback, too - not something you see often!