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Feasting in Fashion: Gentlemen’s Grilling Revisited

Feasting in Fashion: Gentlemen’s Grilling Revisited

We talked about Gentlemen’s Grilling in Volume 70

Set Location:   Cooper Reach, Loughborough Inlet, British Columbia.  Loughborough Inlet runs about 35 km long, penetrating the Coast Mountains on the north side of the Discovery Island Archipelago.  Aboard the Classic Wooden Power Boat – DulwenDesigned 1957 Ed Monk Sr.

Product tested was the Cracker Jack Soaked Cedar Plank.  Results were nothing short of delicious with the halibut.  And for a rosemary abhorrer, the ever so slight hint of rosemary was delightful……….just sayin’.

Officially taste tested by Jan and Shelley Nielsen and their friend, David Richardson of Oxford, UK.

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Moosemeat and Marmalade Grilling Planks

Moosemeat and Marmalade Grilling Planks

A home-grown Canadian show! Moosemeat & Marmalade dishes up Epic Food Adventures.  Moosemeat & Marmalade brings together Bush Cook, Art Napoleon, and classically trained British Chef, Dan Hayes to explore cultures and traditions through the way we access, cook and present our food. Every week one chef will choose an ingredient and lead the journey. The ingredients? Everything from moose, porcupine and beaver to lamb, sausages and caviar!  They travel the globe exploring new realms of adventure – both in the kitchen and in the wild.  Season 2 takes us from BC to Ontario and over to England and Scotland.

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Smoke and Oak Bourbon

Smoke and Oak Bourbon

How could I step back from a cocktail with this name like this?  As I’m not a ‘bourbon’ drinker I cannot offer my two-bit on this; will need my “Bend, Oregon” friend, Bill to comment.  Stay tuned!

sun-tea-smokeBourbon Drink:  Two-By-Four

Image & recipe from Smoke: New Firewood Cooking; By Tim Byres; Rizzoli International Publications Inc

1 tsp sorghum molasses
2 ounces Sun Tea, made with bourbon***
Splash of Drambuie
1 Twist Lemon
Splash of barrel-aged bitters, or Tennessee Whisky

Drizzle the inside of a rocks glass with the sorghum syrup to create a stained-glass effect, and then gently add ice.  Pour in the Sun Tea and add a splash of Drambuie and the lemon twist.  Finish with a splash of bitters.

*** Sun Tea

In the South, you sometimes see large glass jars of water set out on the porch to infuse with tea throughout the afternoon.  There’s no tea in this version, but the concept is similar.  Infused spirits can be left to soak for longer/shorter periods depending on the strength of flavour wanted.  Save the soaked plank for grilling.  Do let it dry out so the alcohol will evaporate and not cause a grill flame up.  Once dry, the subtle flavour of the bourbon will transfer to the food.

In a large glass container with a lid, submerge the wood in the spirit and allow it to soak for 2 days.

Maple compliments bourbon; Tequila pairs with Western Red Cedar.  Pass the spirit through a fine-mesh strainer and reserve in a clean, dry jar.  Drink straight or in mixed drinks – as above.

1 (750-ml) Bottle of Bourbon
1 (2×7”) Maple Wood Plank

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