It has been rather a good day. It started out with that fantastic visit to Abbey Cellars/Fat Monk and took in several other wineries along the way. As we made our way back to the “city” we decided to stop at Countdown (we’ve been to one nearly every day) to pick up some supplies for a BBQ. A wonderful sunny day was turning into a wonderful sunny evening, perfect for a little al fresco dining.
Like Keith Floyd, I’m a great believer that a little slurp helps the creative cook. So let’s start with a Harrington’s session red IPA. We picked up a box of their ales at Countdown in Rotorua (I think, we’ve been to so many Countdowns). Let’s dissect this beer.
Session? Just about.
IPA? No. Needs about 3 kilos more hops. And then some more hops. All perfectly pleasant, and a very nice beer, just not an IPA. You need to be very careful when bandying these terms around!
So let’s get down to BBQ business. A minted lamb rump, 2 cobs of corn (25p each from a local farm shop also en route), grilled halloumi, a lovely fresh coleslaw and a cheese/onion bread. And a yoghurt dip. This was perfect summertime BBQ food, a great way to round off a day.
Mrs MOFAD was also enjoying a local drink, this “Red Apple Cider” from Zeffer Cider company. I continue to have to explain to cider makers that “red” is not a variety of apple, and basically means nothing when put on a label.
Anyway, it was a pleasant enough cider, enjoyed in the evening sunshine. I saved the best for last.
Funk Estate Oh Lordy Pale Ale. It is called that because it is supposed to make you say “Oh Lordy”. And it does. Here comes the hop hammer. Whichever way you turn it smashes you in the face. A superbly hoppy pale ale, which was fantastic. The photo is a little blurry, but it was getting late and getting dark.
A great way to round off a great day.