Pickled hot carrots are a simple pleasure. A refreshing treat found at most taquerias and a great snack with a chilly beer in the summertime. On a whim I decided to whip up a batch.
My errands consisted of nabbing the ingredients from Sunflower and tacos at Las Famosas de Jose on the return voyage. A pretty standard day that ended with my house smelling, not unpleasantly, of vinegar and onion.
After consulting a half dozen recipes and this being my first jaunt into pickling I kept it simple. After blanching the carrots I added equal parts water and apple cider vinegar, 1 cup each, 1 chopped yellow onion, a full 12 oz. jar of jalapeños with juice and a few bay leaves. An old Claussen pickle jar seemed a suitable vessel for the witches brew that would be my next week’s snack food.
The carrots turned out splendidly. Spicy refreshing and simple. Enjoy with your favorite lager or an Italian sub!
There are a few pairings in this world that really get me going. French fries and a chocolate milkshake. Cheap tacos and a Mexican coke. Scotch and Red Dead Redemption! These are all true examples of the sum being greater than the two parts. In the end one pairing in particular takes the cake for my dining dollar. Thai dishes and German Riesling!
I can only imagine how the first person to pair these felt. It must have been tantamount to the feeling of discovering nuclear fusion or waking up to discover you now posses the power of flight. It’s an epiphany, it’s a form of alchemy, it’s delicious.
I’m a big fan of the Dr. Loosen brand. Chiefly the “Dr. L” Riesling. It’s a beautiful wine and the $9 price tag doesn’t hurt. Recently I stepped up to the Kabinett Blue Slate. It retails at $20 so I was interested in how it performed against the Dr. L. It has a very crisp, clean green apple on the nose as well as lemon and fresh green grapes. On tasting I found green apple and huge, mouthwatering acid. Behind that there was a nice fruit cocktail syrup thing happening. The wine was incredibly balanced. Sweet, but just so.
We whipped up two Thai entrées for pairing with the Dr. Loosen Kabinett. Chicken satay with a great peanut sauce and a pork larb, my favorite Thai dish! The wine and all of its wonderful acid cut perfectly through the spicy, cool larb. The round and warm peanut flavors of the chicken were equally well paired with the chilled wine. It became a balancing act of sipping and nibbling. Here a bite of cabbage and larb, a bit of satay off the skewer followed by a cool draft of liquid gold. Repeat, repeat, repeat…
Here is a link the official Dr. Loosen site.
Christmas time is stressful as hell for me. It is for everyone, but especially for me. Mostly because I’m lazy by nature. I think I like feeling stressed out though. It’s a reason to treat myself to a little extra free time. Undeserved free time, but hey, that’s what holidays are for right?
To alleviate some of this burden I’ve learned to streamline my gift giving. Bottles of wine and liquor are just about the best. It’s a one stop shop kinda situation at the liquor store plus everyone on my list loves drinkies!
This past Christmas I gave my mother a bottle of Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or. A 12 year old single malt Scotch finished in Sauternes Casks and we recently did a tasting! She whipped up some phenomenal bacon wrapped scallops to pair with the spirit. The huge butter flavors and smokey bacon held up fantastically against the over the top explosion brought on by each sip of Glenmorangie. I was afraid the drink would completely overpower any food pairing but this was the perfect crime.
The Nectar D’Or was a beautiful honey gold with a nose of caramel and chocolate mousse. On the palate the caramel stayed true as well as hints of citrus.
In addition to the Nectar D’Or the Glenmorangie brand ranges from the Original 10 year old to the extra-matured and private editions. Wouldn’t it be nice to sip them all?
Once again I found myself at Tacos El Gordo for lunch. It’s been roughly a twice weekly ritual for me since two close friends swore It was the best adobada they’ve had in town. As usual I ordered a few al pastor tacos, finished them and came to a hard conclusion. They were absolutely right. Of all the named and nameless taco shacks I’ve been to, Tacos El Gordo just nails the tiny pastor experience so perfectly.
Pork cut right off the spit onto corn tortillas with cilantro, onion and a guacamole sauce. Finally, a slice of pineapple, nicked from the tippy top of the rotisserie, crowns the whole wonderful canoe of joy. At $2 a pop you can get three tacos and a coke for under $8. Value you can taste is the only value that matters.
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Hello, my name is Jackson Wilcox. This is my first official blog and I’m very excited to explore what it can do. I’ve decided that my first post should include Scotch, a drink near and dear to me. It’s a toast to kicking off this whole project.
Scotch is my go-to. Almost nothing in the world of drink compares to the pleasure of sipping a good dram – neat, rocks, and now dessert. I’ve recently discovered cranachan. A traditional Scottish dessert of homemade whipped cream, raspberries, honey, toasted oatmeal and, yes, scotch.
Cranachan is simple, delicious and one of the few Scotch/dessert pairings I’ve found. I’ll be whipping up another batch come Christmas. Perhaps a dollop atop my fathers homemade Baileys? I’m sure that breaks all sorts of rules but…
The recipe for Scottish Cranachan can be found here.
There are many variations of this delicious Scottish dessert but this one will do just fine.
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoons of single malt whisky, preferably a fine quality Scotch
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons heather honey (or other favorite honey) + a little for drizzling
Toast oats in a small frying pan over medium-low heat until golden brown. Watch closely as they can burn easily. Transfer to a small dish and allow to cool completely.
Whip cream until if forms soft peaks. Fold in honey and whiskey by hand.
In 4 glasses layer the raspberries (lightly crush a few of the berries), cream and toasted oatmeal. Top it off with a few raspberries and oatmeal. Drizzle on a thin stream of honey.
This can be served right away or left in the refrigerator for several hours. If you have any leftover honey-whiskey cream it’s great the next day in coffee!