Last month, for the first time in our adulthood, my partner and I were invited to a party at the next door neighbours house. I love country living! They hired a funky little reggae band and asked everyone to bring along a plate of tapas. I decided to go with the classic Patatas Bravas and used a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s “Jamie Does …”. Another great Jamie Olive recipe that was easy to make and sensational to eat. Even better was the small mountain of left over sauce – perfect as a pasta sauce following evening.
Dinner was nice and easy with the sauce all done the only thing I had to do was cook some pasta and garlic bread. More important though was what beer to choose. Considering the spiciness and richness of the sauce I grabbed some Vale Ale IPA from our fridge. Vale IPA is an Australian style India Pale Ale using Galaxy (AUS), Citra (US) and Nelson Sauvin (NZ) hops. As you’d expect there’s citrus and tropical fruits among a good amount of bitterness making for a nice drop, probably my favourite from the Vale range of beers.
The Vale IPA was a fantastic pairing with dinner, matching assertive spiciness with hop bitterness and the richness of the sauce with a good malt body.
Bravas Sauce, from “Jamies Does …”
olive oil + 1 chopped brown onion + 4 cloves of sliced garlic – cook for 5 minutes
add 1 peeled and chopped carrot + 3 chopped fresh red chillies (deseeded) + few sprigs of fresh thyme – cook for 5 minutes
add 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes + 1 tblspn sherry vinegar + salt + pepper – bring to boil then simmer on low heat for 15 minutes or until carrots are soft. Put through blender or use hand blender until sauce is smooth.