Tim Hayward’s Food DIY – an interview and our attempt at a homemade pastrami recipe

This post is a little bit about getting free recipe books through work (such as Tim Hayward’s Food DIY) and also getting the opportunity to meet and interview authors through work (like author of Food DIY Tim Hayward). Quite handy when you run a food blog.

Now that I own the book, I can tell you it’s a ripping read and features some terrific typographic design and smashing use of vintage butcher’s shop iconography. Here’s a quick Instagram video of the book if you want to see inside

As I might have already hinted, I was also asked to interview Tim Hayward for the Penguin Soundcloud channel, you can have a listen to my gushing interview technique here:

From all this gushing about free books and meeting authors, somewhere along the way we were inspired to do something delightful with meat. So a plan was hatched to try our hands at pastrami.

Buoyed along by memories of Katz’s diner in New York – we had in mind an ultimate outcome of sandwiches, pickles and either beer or root beer. Either of those beers would do. The results of this pastrami plan can be seen in pictures below, plus the resulting sandwich (with home made pickled gherkin to accompany as is only right). We cured, boiled and then BBQed this awesome piece of meat. Consensus is we’ll be doing that one again.

Meat and Beer Tasting at Brew Dog London with Cobble Lane Cured

Last night we ventured forth to Camden for our second night of beer-matched-with-something-tasty at Brew Dog. Last time it was cheese and this time it was meat.

Brew Dog have worked with a small charcuterie company in London – the only one in London we’re told. These guys brought Picco Salumi premises in N1 off the previous owner 6 months ago and are rebranding as Cobble Lane Cured. Everywhere I can find they are referred to using the previous business name, including on Brew Dog’s own site. However, it seems they’re trying for a name change – so thought I’d mention that here.

Interestingly, Islington seems to be fostering a bit of a food movement according to an article in the Evening Standard from September 2013.

The evening began and ended with beer and meat. Over the course of 3 hours, we slowly consumed enough beer, bread and salami to keep us going for the duration.

As part of this meat-fest, there was some cured lamb (a violin of lamb was mentioned – this had to do with how you slice the cured meat if I’ve remembered correctly) that split opinion and a pepperoni that packed a punch. The following photos show meats #2 and #3 both of which were my favourites.

Brew Dog beer matching begins

Brew Dog beer matching begins

Brew Dog beer matching continues

Brew Dog beer matching continues

The beers went from very drinkable into the slightly murky territory of 18% alcohol content – those pokier beers don’t always appeal to me. We had the Punk IPA and Dead Pony – both two of my favourite Brew Dog beers, all would go perfectly with a beer stick.

Beer stick

This is what’s known in the business as a beer stick

Lots of meat

All the meat all the time – we purchased beer sticks. They’re good for fishing trips.

Along with the inevitable excitement of beer combined with awesome cured meat, it was also exciting to find out that Cobble Street Curing invite the general riff raff that is the public into their kitchens to see how the process works. Suffice to say, I know at least one bearded Canadian who will be taking them up on that offer.