On 27th June Wold Top Brewery and Shepherd's Purse Cheeses joined the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School for an evening of beers and canapÃƒ ©s. Ali Bilton of the cookery school created 5 recipes. Whilst these were crated by Ali, Judy Bell from from Shepherds Purse Cheeses talked about the cheese used in the recipe, and offered tastings of the selected cheese. The resulting canapÃƒ ©s were then tasted with a beer selected from the Wold Top range by Gill Mellor.
Beer and food pairing has become and interesting subject and one that Wold Top Brewery are keen to explore.
The recipes from Ali at the YWCS covered a range from savoury to sweet and all were keenly watched and eagerly eaten. The two highlights were the Roast Fillet of Pork with Buffalo Blue, Walnuts, caramelized onions, pears, sage and Headland Red sauce which was served with the Headland Red Beer and Lavender and Honey Cupcakes with the Katie's Lavender Icing served with iced Wold Top Against The Grain Beer.
It is important that the beer is considered like wine to be served in suitable glasses and in small amounts. No one relishes a pint of beer served with a starter!
It was interesting tat the majority of guests on the night were ladies. They also were not beer drinkers at the start but quite converted to a new drinking experience by the end of the evening.
The hoppiness of the beer acts as a perfect foil to the fat content in the food. A hoppy pale ale or light bitter is excellent with Fish and Chips. Strong foods and flavours require strong full flavoured beers. Beer batters with their light hoppiness are excellent with fish and seafood. Rich stouts and Porters work very well with chocolate, ginger and fruitcakes. There is more now written about beer and food and experimentation is fun.
Both Shepherds Purse Bluemin White and Wold Top's Wold Gold have just win the coveted 3 star Gold at the Great Taste Awards 2013 and both will feature in the 20th November beer, cheese and YWCS canapÃƒ ©s evening. Visit the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School website to book your place.
Meanwhile, you can download the recipes from the June event by clicking on the Artisanal Beer and Cheese Pairing link - enjoy!
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