I have not done a whisky and cheese pairing for ages. I have been savoring all the old favourites, so it is high time I try something again. The Wyke cheese selection at Checkers is amazing. The mature cheddar is a firm favorite in our house and regularly paired with the peatier drams. A couple of weeks ago I found a Wyke Bonfire cheese which is a smoked mature cheddar with paprika. It sounded rather delicious, so I decided, this is the perfect cheese to experiment with.
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During the past month or so, I have been experimenting with food pairings that include take aways and liquor. First up was pizza and whisky, and after that I tried KFC and bourbon. This week I look at 4 great drinks to pair with a Steers burger. I chose a Steers Original King burger to pair the drinks with. The King burger has 2 beef patties and lots of Steers sauce, so this succulent hamburger is big enough to fill a big hunger and perfect to use in testing. Steers is one of the top South African take away brands and they have over 538 stores around the country.
In my house, take away is a treat. We only eat it when I have not had any time to cook, or when the weekend was just so lazy, that I could not bother. One of our preferred options for take away is KFC. And it seems that I am not alone in loving the crispy fried chicken. Kentucky Friend Chicken (KFC) is the most prolific brand in South Africa, with over 800 stores spread across the land. The Kentucky in KFC and the Kentucky in Bourbon made me think… would the two work together? You know I am always up for experimenting, so I this past weekend, off I went to KFC for a bucket of chicken. John was in the mood for Zinger wings, so I grabbed a few of those as well.
Some time ago I found the National Day Calendar that lists all the National Days celebrated in the USA. O my word! It has been a fabulous source of inspiration. There are monthly observations listed, daily celebrations and even National Week observations. The month of March is National Peanut Month, Umbrella Month, Frozen Food Month and Celery Month. Celery is just too healthy and probably a bit strange to pair with whisky. So I decided to theme my month of March as “take way food and drinks”. Yes, the other side of the spectrum. This month I am pairing a few great drams with well known fast foods. And first up is my personal favorite – PIZZA and whisky.
I capture my whisky tastings in a pretty notebook. I love the act of scribbling notes, pictures and drawing emotions on paper. Sometimes a whisky create such strong emotions what it is easier to draw an emotive face on paper than to try and capture the emotion words. Old school, I know. John loves technology and he captures his thoughts via speech recognition software. Perhaps I also prefer paper because paper does not complain about my bad spelling. Capturing my thoughts digitally leaves me with a lot of red underlined miss spelt words that I first need to fix before I can continue. My pretty book is more forgiving. My short hand doesn’t need to be spelt correctly.