Beer Cake / Ølkake

A classic Scandinavian cake recipe found on droetker.no
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Mash-Topped Beef & Guinness Pie / Oksekjøtt og Guinness Pai med Potetmoslokk

A great winter dinner recipe found on jamieoliver.comMash-Topped Beef & Guinness Pie / Oksekjøtt og Guinness Pai med Potetmoslokk

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Dandy Shandy / Klassisk Shandy

A refreshing drink recipe found on bhg.com
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Shandy is beer mixed with a soft drink, such as carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale, apple juice, or orange juice. The proportions of the two ingredients are adjusted to taste, usually half-and-half. Non-alcoholic shandies are known as “rock shandies”. Shandies are more popular in western Europe, particlarly in Britain, than other parts of the world.

In some jurisdictions, the low alcohol content of shandies makes them exempt from laws governing the sale of alcoholic beverages.

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Medieval Monday – Buttered Beere

A recipe for a real cockles warmer found on historyextra.com
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In every issue of BBC History Magazine, picture editor Sam Nott brings a recipe from the past. In this article, Sam recreates buttered beere – a sweet, slightly alcoholic drink that warmed the cockles in Tudor times.

This is an authentic Tudor recipe from 1588, taken from “The Good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchin”. It’s similar to a caudle, a drink of warm wine or ale with sugar, eggs and spices, renowned for its medicinal properties and popular at the same period.

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Baconista Brats with Tangy Western Slaw / Baconista Brats med Tangy Western Slaw

A smashing barbeque recipe found on BetterHomes&Gardens
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Marinate bratwursts in spiced-up German beer for a flavour boost that
can only be topped by the bacon that’s later wrapped
around the sausages before grilling.

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Steaks with Onions / Biff med Løk

A classic Norwegian restaurant dish found in
“Det Gode Norske Kjøkken” (The Good Norwegian Kitchen) published by Gyldendal in 1981
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This rather simple and basic but delicious dish was a classic in Oslo restaurants in the nineteenth century up to the late sixties when the capitol’s population unfortunately lost track of their own culinary traditions and anything foreign from pizza to indian and chinese food became the order of the day.

It took nearly fifty years before we rediscovered our own traditional restaurant food and today we can fortunately again get a plate of steak with onion in a lot of the city’s restaurants.

In my youth I often dropped by my father’s workplace at lunch time on Saturday  and we would cross the street to an old small and dark restaurant  called “Brugården” for steak and onion, so I admit I’ve missed the dish and love the fact that it is now back on the city’s menus – Ted

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Guinness Sticky Toffee Pudding / Klebrig Toffeepudding med Guinness

A classic weekend recipe found on goodtoknow.co.uk
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This Guinness sticky toffee pudding is so indulgent, sweet and spongey – and it’s absolutely delicious with plenty of hot custard poured over it. There’s nothing as warming on a cold winter day as a really rich, sticky pudding and this will really hit the spot. You make this recipe in a slow cooker or in the oven, so take your pick. It takes a little while to cook, which means it’s more of a weekend project, but it’s well worth the time it takes to make and you’ll see why when you get that perfect pudding texture!

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Medieval Monday – Parsnip Fritters / Stekt Pastinakk

A historic recipe found on The Boston Globe
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in Context: Like carrots, parsnips are native to Eurasia and have been eaten there since ancient times. Zohary and Hopf note that the archaeological evidence for the cultivation of the parsnip is “still rather limited”, and that Greek and Roman literary sources are a major source about its early use. They warn that “there are some difficulties in distinguishing between parsnip and carrot (which, in Roman times, were white or purple) in classical writings since both vegetables seem parsnipto have been sometimes called pastinaca, yet each vegetable appears to be well under cultivation in Roman times”. The parsnip was much esteemed, and the Emperor Tiberius accepted part of the tribute payable to Rome by Germany in the form of parsnips. In Europe, the vegetable was used as a source of sugar before cane and beet sugars were available. As pastinache comuni, the “common” pastinaca figures in the long list of comestibles enjoyed by the Milanese given by Bonvesin da la Riva in his “Marvels of Milan” (1288).

This plant was introduced to North America simultaneously by the French colonists in Canada and the British in the Thirteen Colonies for use as a root vegetable, but in the mid-19th century, it was replaced as the main source of starch by the potato and consequently was less widely cultivated.

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In 1859, a new cultivar called ‘Student’ was developed by James Buckman at the Royal Agricultural College in England. He back-crossed cultivated plants to wild stock, aiming to demonstrate how native plants could be improved by selective breeding. This experiment was so successful, ‘Student’ became the major variety in cultivation in the late 19th century.

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The King’s Pudding / Kongens Pudding

A royal recipe found in “Mat for Ølvenner”
(Food for Beer Lovers) published by Aventura in 1987

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All dishes with royal titles sounds noble. I do not know which king has lend his title to this dish, but it is good enough in any case, as a dessert for the bourgeoisie as well.

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Medieval Monday – Barley Bread / Byggmelsbrød

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A historic bread recipe found on medieval-recipes.com 
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Shelagh Caudle at medieval-recipes.com writes: What I particularly like about this barley bread recipe is the combination of the cereal with honey and ale. The bread that you get as a result of this has a wonderfully, earthy smell and taste which comes from both the barley and the ale. It reminds me of my childhood when my grandmother would bake her own bread using ale, an English tradition passed on over generations.

This type of bread was popular amongst monks as they knew that barley was a good source of sustanance and because many monks brewed ale, a key ingredient in good bread making.’’

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Patties with Stewed Mushrooms / Karbonader med Soppstuing

A recipe from “Mat for Ølvenner” (Food for Beer Lovers)
published  by Aventura in 1987
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Nothing compares with mom’s patties of course, no one make them better than she does, but here is still a recipe that might be worth trying.

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Study Says Beer Helps You Lose Weight

Study Says Beer Helps You Lose Weight

Best news so far this year!!

Heavy on carbs and sugar content, beer has long been plagued with a bad rep when it comes to health and weight gain. I mean, there’s a reason we call it the dreaded “beer belly.” Yet new evidence could soon lead us to believe the complete opposite.

According to a study published in the journal Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, beer contains one compound that could actually help suds drinkers lose weight. Researchers at Oregon State University looked specifically at the effects of xanthohumol, a natural flavonoid found in hops. Their results, based on lab tests on mice, show that higher levels of xanthohumol “significantly improved some of the underlying markers of metabolic syndrome in laboratory animals and also reduced weight gain,” lead author Cristobal Miranda wrote.

In the study, Miranda goes on to explain that metabolic syndrome is a set of risk factors that raise your chances of heart disease and other health problems; however, xanthohumol could significantly lower the risk for these issues, according to the results.

Text by Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo – Article found on deish.com

Guinness Ice Cream / Guinness Iskrem

A fancy take on homemade ice cream found on food52.comGuinness Ice Cream_food52_post

And while we’re talking about beer, what about this nifty combination; Subtle smoky/chocolatey flavors make this ice cream a divine treat. Don’t skimp on the cream! How about a scoop on top of a brownie or chocolate cake?

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Bratwürst in Beer / Bratwürst i Øl

A recipe from “Mat for Ølvenner” (Food for Beer Lovers)
published in 1987

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A cookbook about beer without a recipe from Germany would be unthinkable, so why not just choose “Bratwürst mit Sauerkraut und Apfel”? In Germany, people are much better at using a splash of beer in the food and a few glasses of the same when the dish is done than people are most other places.

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Cream Gateau with Bock Beer / Bløtkake med Bokkøl

A recipe from “Mat for Ølvenner” (Food for Beer Lovers)
published in 1987

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Cakes are nice, and cream gateaux are festive. Now, cream gateaux may be made in many ways and given a very nice appearance, but they are all made from the same basics. There must be a sponge as a starting point. It should be soaked in a liquid and then decorated with cream and garnished to taste.

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