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DT #355, 21 December 2014 (Cline Zinfandel)   Leave a comment

Cline Zinfandel and Beef Wellington

Life is far too short
To drink poor quality wine
(Too regularly).

Name: Cline Zinfandel
Type: red wine
Recipe: Beef Wellington: Sauté some chopped mushrooms, onions, and garlic slowly in butter till very soft adding a little Worcestershire sauce to bubble down the last couple of minutes.  Meanwhile, thoroughly brown all sides of a salted and black peppered beef roast (a cut that doesn’t need a lot of cooking to be tender).  Spread the sauce on a puff pastry then wrap this around the roast, seal the whole thing with beaten egg and bake at 200°C for ½ hour then letting rest for ½ hour more.  Serve with duck fat roasted potatoes and something fresh and green.

Venue: house

Review/notes: The wine was absolutely awesome.  I have its tasting notes, none of which seem to describe any aspect of this sublime beverage.  It really deserves to be drunk on its own or with spare nibbles, perhaps while listening to some baroque music wafting in on the summer breeze from a concert in a park.  It was among today’s purchase of 6 bottles from Majestic (a wine warehouse chain here in Britain) along with the annual Vin Santo from Franco and Anna.

2014 Xmas lineup

I had hoped to get the Vin Santo from the new Italian deli which is much closer to the house and far from the temptation of the discount wine store, but as I ran past it dawned on me that it is Sunday and the Gorse Hill trip was my only option.  Lugging a backpack stuffed with seven bottles up the Drove Road hill was slow going (for that matter, so was the flat bit along County Ground), but I finished with a full 4 miles (and change):

2014-12-21 Franco and Anna loop

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DT #327, 23 November 2014 (Arkell’s Centennial)   Leave a comment

Arkell's United States Centennial Hops Collection

The theme for today:
A Remembrance of Things Past…
Lager madeleine.

Name: Arkell’s Centennial
Type: bitter
Venue: Clifton Inn, Swindon

Review/notes: As mentioned before, the holiday season demands exertion and I have picked up the gauntlet with a 3+ mile-per-day pledge.  Today, I reckoned I should try out the Runner (formerly the Running Horse before a refurbishment but not different enough to count as a ‘new pub’ for the blog’s purposes).

runner swindon

Looking down the taps I felt that the only one I had not previously included in the Daily Tipple would be the 1843 Craft Lager.  I knew I had tried this a few times in the past, but convinced myself it had not yet been a DT.  That is, until the first scent and sip…doh!  I had this after my surprise surgery a few months ago…a reasonable memory to blot out or the first signs of dementia?  Okay…maybe not the first.

runner swindon 1843 craft lager

 

I watched a guy hustle a kid (literally, a ten-year-old) at the billiards table then chatted with him for a minute about it before heading out.

runner swindon caroussel horse

I only had £2 on me so if I was going to put the DT SNAFU right I would have to pick up something at an off-license or settle for a half pint somewhere.  While sorting my thoughts by the carousel horse on the wall of the Runner, I realised the Clifton was on my way. Result!

Today's route

Today’s route

The Centennial really called me and it’s rich flavours took me back to Colorado, drinking Fat Tire at altitude.  It is a temporary offering from Arkell’s and I’m really glad I managed to get a drop or two of it.

Arkell's United States Centennial Hops Collection pump

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Marmaris, Swindon, Chippy Challenge #112   1 comment

marmaris swindon fish and chips

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: dunno
Sides: chips
Evaluation: Chips and fish from the freezer.  This place does a decent kebab, though.  When you’ve been out drinkin’ and need sustenance, you do what you gotta do (and I needed a fish and chips as it has been 7 days since the last one); the kebab was really tempting, though.
Days since last: 7 (WingLoon, Oxford)

marmaris swindon
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Swindon and Strood By-Election Scandal   Leave a comment

Emily Thornberry, MP, the Labour Party Shadow Attorney General was forced to resign the Front Benches today for tweeting this picture of a lorry stuck under a low bridge draped with St George flags and the caption, “Typical Swindon, eh?”

Swindon by-elections

 

DT #309, 5 November 2014 (Villa Verde Montepulciano d’Abruzzo)   Leave a comment

Villa Verde Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

The fireworks commence.
Kitty hides under the bed.
Inflammable skies.

Name: Villa Verde Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Type: red wine
Recipe: slow roast pork shoulder
Venue: house

Review/notes: Bonfire night saw my own gunpowder plot in the form of going out for my first — albeit brief — run in 3½ weeks (because of surgery, bleeding like the last of the Romanovs, and the worst case of lurgy I’ve had since 1983 which lingers on, and on, and on). The fireworks and the nearly full moon were all that lit my way on a lot of the trail which overlapped an awful lot of both the G-Had HHH and the Moonrakers HHH trails for the evening.

The dinner was lovely and needed no tending so I headed into town after the jog and walked home beneath the fireworks with Jackie (who had a late day, today).  “Fancy a glass of wine with dinner?” I asked as we passed the supermarket. After a long pause with her mouth ajar she whispered, “who ARE you and what have you done with Bun?”

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DT #299, 26 October 2014 (Belhaven Black)   1 comment

Belhaven Black stout

 

“Frank and the Captain”
Reads the chalk drawing’s caption.
I don’t think Frank posed.

Name: Belhaven Black
Type: stout
Venue: Beehive, Swindon

Review/notes: It’s always a pleasure to go to the Beehive.  Of late, I keep hearing tales of the house philosopher they hired (yes, an actual academic…some eastern bloc dissident) twenty-five years ago.

Today, I a ‘buh-LAY-vern’ Black stout, part of their line of Scottish beers for the month of October (theme ‘Bitter Together’ in honour of the failed Scottish Independence vote).  The beer had the least character of anything else in the pub, and definitely didn’t merit the 4 quid price tag.

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Swindon Beer Fest Food Tent, Chippy Challenge #108   1 comment

2014 Swindon Beer Fest cod and chips

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: cod
Sides: chips
Evaluation: probably lousy, but I was at a beer fest…ballast is ballast
Days since last: 1 (William Morris, Cowley)

2014 Swindon Beer Fest food tent
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