Do it again for Electric Picnic 2013? Once more, with feeling. And fermentation, beer, amazake and – couldn’t deprive festival goers of some (fermented) chocolate – Knockmealdown Porter Brownies.
Junko Hamilton (check her out on Ichiju Sansai), who I recently interviewed about miso, was my partner in crime and we had great fun doing our demo on the sweet side of fermentation. We had tastings of the light – Junko’s creamy, non-dairy amazake fruit shake – and the dark: the richest, most luscious, still warm and just-out-of-the-oven Knockmealdown Porter Brownies. Those were matched with both Sunburnt Irish Red and Knockmealdown Porter
Hats off to the Theatre of Food crew, who managed to put together a brilliant line up of chefs and cooks and brewers and bakers and paella-makers to feed the audience with ideas and food. Loved Kevin Aherne’s talk on the 12-mile menu that he cooks at Sage in Midleton as he cooked all kinds of goat, Kevin Thornton’s take on campsite cooking (mint tea for couscous re-hydration and post-EP antioxidants) and the standing ovation given to John and Sally McKenna for all their work with, and on behalf of, Irish food lovers, whether they be restaurateurs, producers or eaters.
Here’s a piece I wrote for the McKennas’ Guides on last year’s Theatre of Food: Festival Food, by Caroline Hennessy
Thanks again to the Theatre of Food, Catherine and Rachel at VSC Events, to MC William, washer-upper Denis, all the brownie distributors and the Little Brother who was a beer-carrying/taster-offering star. A special mention to the Small Sister who, with her boyfriend, sat in the front row and giggled throughout my demo. Family, huh?
You’ll find the brownie recipe here: Knockmealdown Porter Brownies
Next beer event: The Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival kicks off this Thursday, 5 September, and I’ll be doing a talk on food and beer matching on Friday, 6 September, at 6pm.
Irish craft beer baking, matching and tasting at the Liss Ard Festival
Irish craft beer baking, matching and tasting at Dublin Tall Ships & Electric Picnic
Lyric fm’s Culture File: Miso making with Junko Hamilton