Food and drink

Pork medallions with cider gravy

Just a quick recipe post for this one. Frankly it didn’t turn out nearly as good as I hoped. I’ve finally given up on low-fat creme fraiche now. It’s just no use for cooking at all. Every time I try to gently introduce it to a sauce it splits and curdles, producing an unpleasant mess of a gravy.

So imagine the picture you see here has a lovely, creamy cider sauce poured over the pork instead of the thin gravy I ended up with after abandoning the creme fraiche (I’d tried adding it in tiny amounts at a time without too much heat, didn’t work). Continue reading “Pork medallions with cider gravy”


Stonehaven Real Ale Festival 2010

Last weekend was the second year of the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival. We went along to the first event a year ago and had a fantastic night with a lot of excellent beer on tap. This year happened to coincide with my (and my brother’s) 30th birthday, it would be rude not to pay a visit really. Continue reading “Stonehaven Real Ale Festival 2010”


A lager, an IPA and a cider

Had a nice relaxing weekend this week with not much going on, so that gave me the opportunity to pick up a few bottles to enjoy on Saturday night. Apologies for the dodgy focus and the vague descriptions. There were a few bottles in the fridge to get through before I remembered to take pictures for the blog…

First up was a German lager, Paulaner. This was really crisp with lots of flavour. Not too gassy and very easy drinking. Seems to be quite a common brand as well after doing some research earlier today so definitely one to keep an eye out for and pick up again.

Following that was a bottle (or 3) of Wainwright. This is a fairly mainstream IPA you should be able to find in a lot of supermarkets. I drank a ton of this stuff over the summer. It’s not a superstar but it’s very good, well priced and easy to get a hold of (I even saw it in a couple of pubs on a trip to East Yorkshire earlier in the year).

Then there was the cider. I don’t really have a relationship with cider. Every now and then I come into contact with some and it just reminds me why I never touch the stuff. Recently though I’ve tried a couple of better quality bottles that haven’t made me gag or immediately reach for the mouthwash and that’s made me re-examine my attitude to the drink. With that in mind I picked up a bottle of Tremlett’s Bitter. It certainly lived up to it’s name. Very sharp, especially as it warmed up out of the fridge. But I did finish the whole pint and very much enjoyed it. There was no hint of the sickly sweet alcopop sensation that makes me sick when I taste the commercial stuff (usually served with ice…). Guess I need to start looking closer at the cider shelf when I’m doing my booze shopping.

Food and drink

Pan fried gammon with cider sauce

It’s Friday night and due to a snap decision at lunchtime (my girlfriend was going to the supermarket and asked what I wanted for tea tonight) we’re having gammon. All morning I’d been thinking about pizza but decided to put that off until later in the weekend, especially as we’re going out for dinner tomorrow and pizza is a distinct possibility then. So the next thing that popped into my head was a memory of something I saw while flicking through a recipe book. Continue reading “Pan fried gammon with cider sauce”