Monday, March 19, 2012

Great Hakespectations

Our pre-Spring run has been going pretty well. Today we had beautiful temperatures for outdoor cooking and eating. Unfortunately our grill was destroyed in a flood, we don't have anywhere to sit an eat outside, and by the time we both get home from work it's still pitch black.

Tropicana Green Leaf With Red Onion, Avocado, Green Onion, and Mustard Vinaigrette

For a starter I made this salad using Tropicana Green Leaf from Gotham Greens with red onion, green onion, avocado, and a vinaigrette made with lemon juice, whole grain mustard, Lyle's Golden Syrup, and olive oil.

Roast Hake and Chicken Sausage with Resin and Vegetables

For dinner I took some leftover vegetables from our lamb stew the other night and roasted them in the oven. I threw in some lightly seasoned fresh hake which looked beautiful at our local purveyor of fine seafood. I also tossed in some chicken apple sausages Jen had purchased at the butcher just in case I decided I wanted to use them in place of our missing Irish bangers.

I did not.

Roast Hake with Turnips, Carrots, Potatoes, and Chicken Sausage

I also added a little beer that I'd been drinking to the pan just to add a little flavor.

Sixpoint Resin

The beer I'd been drinking was this Resin from Sixpoint Brewery. This was a phenomenal beer. I may have disliked this a couple of years ago but I found it to be an amazing dry hopped ale. At 9.1% alcohol by volume I was glad I'd shared a little with the fish I was cooking.

Normally Sixpoint packages their beers in 16 oz. cans but for this brew they opted for a slimmer 12 oz. can which reminds one of Red Bull. Thankfully the taste is much nicer than Red Bull. It had a wonderful floral hoppiness and, not surprisingly, a resin flavor as well.

It did not, unlike Red Bull, taste like someone had dissolved SweeTarts in diet soda.

Red Bull is disgusting.

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