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Thursday, 15 October 2020

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guests - NIGEL AND BRIAN CLOUGH


Two guests this time: a father and son - Brian and Nigel
Clough.
 Anyone who knows Zelda knows that she has very little interest in football. Yet, it is impossible to be near Nottingham and not respect these two. 
Brian (especially these days) is not necessarily everyone's 'cup of tea', but he spoke his mind and came up with some of the greatest quotes ever: 
Zelda's favourite is: They say Rome wasn't built in a day, but I wasn't on that particular job.
By chance, I happened to be at Derby station in 2009 when

Nigel Clough arrived by train from Burton on Trent to take control of his father's old club. It didn't work out but I have followed his career ever since. He did his best work back at Burton Albion, resigning this year in a magnanimous gesture to save the club money in the current crisis.

According to All About Beer Magazine, "Admirers of British beer know that Burton on Trent is one of England’s great brewing towns. Its breweries - Ind Coope, Bass, Worthington’s, Allsopp - developed India Pale Ale, Britain’s leading export beer in the 19th century". 
It is only fitting, therefore, that a meal for these two should be a working class classic (a veggie version of Fish and Chips) made with the drink they would recognise.

BEER-BATTERED HALLOUMI

1 pack halloumi
50g plain flour
50g cornflour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp turmeric
100ml beer 
sunflower oil for frying

Combine dry ingredients.
Pour in the beer, a bit at a time, and combine to make a lump-free batter.
Cut halloumi into slices and coat them in the batter.
Heat oil and fry (in batches if needed).
Cool on kitchen paper. Replace in batter and fry again.


Serve (of course) with thick chips. 

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