Belgium food

20120216-191922.jpgIt’s mid February in 2012 and we’re convening at Matt’s for the latest instalment in the long running Cook Off series. This month the theme loosely revolves around the wonders of Belgium. We’re expecting great things. We’ll update the blog with recipes, reviews, booze (and the hangovers it guaranteed) in the next few days.

In the meantime, here’s a run down of the menu for tonight:

Cured Salmon and Pickled Oyster salad | Carbonnade Flamande with Mustard Croutons | Spiced Fruit Pudding


The Winter Warmer

The utter refinement of sloe joy

The utter refinement of sloe joy

Oh, sloe gin, how I love thee. You warm cockles that other spirits can only aspire to reach.

I’ve been sloe obsessed in recent years – identifying the best harvesting sites and drawing up plans for the annual battle with the birds – for when perfect picking conditions are reached the feathered assailants attack. As the sloes start to show signs of ripeness those plans fall into place, implemented with great vigour. I must get my annual sloe fix. Continue reading