Appetite for Destruction

I got the book An Appetite for Ale by Fiona Beckett and Will Beckett a while ago. It's a book about beer and food, it's also got great recipes that use beer, recommendations on what food goes with what beer and a section on beer and cheese.

I've made a few recipes from this book and last week I made the best one yet, Carbonnade of beef with Orval. Some friends came over to watch Ireland playing and winning against France in the rugby and we ate this after wards. It was very tasty, rich and warming. We had some Samuel Adams Boston Lager with it. I know we should have had Orval but I used my last bottle making the stew.

A word of warning though, blogging can be dangerous. I decided I should get a photo of the stew for the blog and so set up the photo above with the book behind the pot. Unfortunately the book slipped into the gas ring which was on and the book went on fire. I was lucky and it went out easily without having to wet the book. Only the edges of a few pages were scorched. I felt a bit silly then and learned my lesson.

Oh and my blog has made the long list for the Irish Blog Awards. I'm very pleased about it.

6 Responses to "Appetite for Destruction" (Leave A Comment)

The Beer Nut says
February 11, 2009 at 8:35 AM


Yours is definitely the best of the many blogs about book burning I read.

Iamreddave says
February 11, 2009 at 8:48 AM


the stew was lovely.

Barry M says
February 11, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Poor thing :D

Sounds like a nice book. I use beer in my stews and chilis, so I'm well on for trying some new variations.

Thomas says
February 11, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Congrats on the award nomination.

This blogging lark is dangerous. I nearly dropped my camera in the mash tun the other day.

Anonymous says
February 12, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Ah but don't you know that the sign of a good cook book/recipe is stains all over it so whats a few scorch marks??

Anonymous says
March 2, 2009 at 1:14 AM

Congratulations on being nominated!

I wish there were more food-beer pairing books or sites for vegetarians!

The stew looks lovely though.