Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Radler Biermischgetränk

A Radler is a specific kind of beer mixed drink and well, here's what Biermischgetränk means: bier (beer) + misch (mixed) + getränk (drink/beverage). So ... a bit redundant. But I so do like breaking down German words that are nothing more than a smashing together of other words. #nerd

I was going to dedicate this post to the start of Le Tour de France ... 'cause "radler" means cyclist in German and I was going to wax poetic about cycling and the sheep that've been died yellow in Yorkshire ... but then Germany kind of trounced Brazil today in the World Cup. "Utterly humiliated" I think was the phrase the commentator used; it was probably the nicest thing they said all afternoon, the commentators were more angry with Brazil than Brazil was angry with Brazil.

So, Deustchland ... this Radler's for you! Prosit!

As my twenties come to a close (dear God that's hard to admit), I find myself becoming a bit more of a beer person, especially in the summertime ... *hang on, I've got to put my head between my knees*...

... okay, feeling better now. Thirty is my scary number, if you hadn't guessed. I mean - isn't thirty when you're supposed to start acting like a grown person? Just so you know world: I will still buy coloring books and crayons, paint my nails horrid (read: amazing) colors, tie-dye my sheets, and in general still act like the teenager I never was.

Anywho. A Radler is basically a shandy but instead of using lemonade you use grapefruit flavored San Pellegrino (ie: Pompelmo). It's fizzy, fresh, light, and perfect for the hot summer nights on the patio or in the biergarten.

Radler Biermischgetränk


German Wheat Beer
San Pellegrino Pompelmo


1. Grab yourself a pint glass and fill it half full with a German Wheat of your choosing, fill the rest of the glass with San Pellegrino Pompelmo. If you want to taste more of the beer and less of the grapefruity goodness, switch up the levels (75/25).

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Beans on Cheese Toast

This isn't beans on toast; this is beans on toast. The closest I can come to an American equivalent to beans on toast is open-faced gravy sandwiches ... but that might be something only my G'Pa thought of as an actual source of sustenance. I would like it noted that he couldn't really make gravy to save is soul. Also of note is the ONLY time I remember Edna Mae leaving me in my grandfather's care at lunch time without something already pre-made for us to eat he "made" gravy sandwiches. After that my grandmother made sure my grandfather knew there were always hot dogs in the freezer.

So, beans on toast. Utterly British. Beans on toast. Utterly good.

What is it that makes this dish so good? I haven't really a clue. It's like asking someone who loves PB&J sandwiches (toasted with the tiniest amount of crunchy peanut butter and a gob of homemade red-raspberry jam, #thankyouverymuch) why they are so good. 'Cause it is. Simple food is usually the thing that puts the biggest smile on people's face. So, the next time you find yourself on the wrong end of a long day (we've all been there) make beans on cheese toast and feel the comfort.

Note: you cannot make this dish with a can of baked beans or a can of pork 'n beans. You need to get yourself to the international food store and get a can (or twelve) of Heinz Beans with Tomato Sauce. Seriously, the beans HAVE to come from the U.K.

Beans on Cheese Toast


1 can Heinz Beans with Tomato Sauce (NOT BAKED BEANS or PORK n BEANS)
1/2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1/4 - 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
2 ounces grated cheddar cheese
2 thick slices five grain loaf (or sourdough)
onion salt


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Heat EVOO in skillet. Pour beans into pot and warm over low heat.

2. Fry up each slice of bread a bit, just until a few nice golden brown spots start to show up, sprinkle one side with onion salt and pop them in the oven for three minutes.

3. Add the fresh cracked pepper and Worcestershire sauce to the beans, and give them a good stir.

4. After the three minutes are up, switch your oven over to the broiler and cover each slice of toast with about an ounce of grated cheddar cheese. Leave under broiler until the cheese is nice and bubbly (and just a we bit golden).

5. Spoon beans over cheese toast and dig in.