Here lately, I've been eating more of a plant based diet during the week. Quinoa and cauliflower rice have become staples in my diet. This week, I wanted something different. I wanted to bite into something with strong flavors and textures. And that something turned out to be Buffalo Cauliflower. So, to Google I went. I found a great recipe on the www.allrecipes.com website, a reliable website for recipes that cater to cooks of all skill levels. I was excited to see that I already had the needed ingredients in my pantry! The end result was tasty and satisfying.
A super easy, salty, sweet, and satisfying snack. Fig season in North Carolina is short. I was happy to get my hands on these beauties.
These salted figs are the perfect snack or appetizer. The combination of these simple ingredients, create an irresistible one bite treat! Here is what you'll need.
Honey Goat Cheese
Remove stems and bottoms from the figs. Cut in half. Sprinkle salt on each fig half. Add a dollop of goat cheese on each fig half. Drizzle salted honey over figs. Enjoy!
On February 13, 2018, Birdsong Brewery had the brilliant idea to partner with local area bakeries to pair a few or their favorite pastries with their seasonal winter brews. Here were the pairings for the night:
Hibiscus Infused Little Room Blonde / Golden Cow Creamery Strawberry Ice Cream
Honey Pie Double IPA / Central Coffee Company Baklava
Bourbon Barrel Aged St. Tuber Abbey / FuManChu French Toast Cupcake
MexiCali Stout / Amelie's French Bakery Chocolate Éclair
I met some cool people at this event. We talked about our favorite breweries and brews found in and around Charlotte. The pairing idea was great. My favorite bite of the night was the Central Coffee Baklava. Last summer, I experienced authentic baklava at the Yiasou Greek Festival (September 6-9. 2018). Since that time, I've been on a quest to find that same flavor and consistency. Central Coffee delivered. The baklava was gooey and flaky with the perfect amount of sweetness. My favorite brew of the night was the Hibiscus Infused Little Room Blonde. It was very light with floral notes that did not overpower the overall flavor of the beer and paired perfectly with the Golden Cow Creamery Strawberry Ice Cream.
I enjoyed sharing my impressions and hearing the impressions of my tablemates. The pours were heavy and the desserts were full sized. Luckily, I paced myself and only took a few bites and a few sips of each pairing. Looking around the room, I noticed that others were doing the same. I think portions and pours could've been smaller. Overall, it was an informative and fun food and drink experience. I'd definitely be down to experience the next one!