Australia Day

Caroline: Happy Australia Day!!

Kris: Australia Day was a great opportunity to drink some local craft beers and to cook some classic Australian recipes with some indigenous ingredients. I used some kangaroo, lemon myrtle, bush tomatoes and tasmanian pepper berries.

Caroline: Fire up the barbie! Crack a coldie! Get a bit sunburnt! Make some hamburgers in the shape of Australia!

Kris: OK, calm down.

Caroline: Sorry.

Kris: The first dish I cooked was some Kangaroo skewers with Lemon Myrtle Chutney. (I have posted this recipe before, you can find it on our Recipe Page). I matched the dish with Lord Nelson Three Sheets Pale Ale. It is a 4.9% Australian Pale with sweet malt and citrus and floral hop characters. The beer complimented the chutney and was refreshing in between bites.

 Kris: Mc LarenVale Dark Lager is a great interpretation of one of my favourite beer styles. It has chocolate and roasted malt flavours and aroma, with just a hint of bitterness. It was also a great ingredient and match to the next course.

Kangaroo Pies

500g Kangaroo fillet

1 bottle McLarenVale Dark Lager

1 brown onion

250g mushrooms

2 cloves garlic

4-5 dried bush tomatoes

4-5 tasmanian pepper berries

3-4 sprigs fresh thyme

2 cups beef stock

2 Tbs Tomato paste

olive oil

salt and pepper

Good quality puff pastry


Thinly slice the onion and saute in some olive oil in a saucepan on medium heat

Add the thyme, garlic, bush tomatoes and pepper berries

Dice the kangaroo and brown in the saucepan

Add the mushrooms (thinly sliced)

Add the beer and beef stock

Turn down the heat to low

Add the tomato paste and stir through

Cook for 2-3 hours until the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened

Season with salt and pepper and allow to cool

Defrost some pastry and cut out circles to fit a muffin tray

Brush the top of the pies with some melted butter

Cook in an oven pre-heated to 200 C for 25 minutes until golden

Stout Lamington’s

(makes 4)

1 plain sponge cake

400g dark chocolate

200ml Holgate Temptress Porter

Shredded Coconut


Melt the chocolate in a stainless bowl over a pot of simmering water (double boiler)

Whisk in the stout

Remove from heat

Cut the sponge cake into cubes

Dip the cake in to the chocolate mixture

Roll in coconut

Refrigerate for an hour before serving

Kris: The stout Lamington’s were really tasty, especially paired with the Holgate Temptress. I have featured this beer before, but it is one of my favourite beers to enjoy with dessert.

Caroline: This is the most genius dessert. Sponge cake dipped in chocolate-dipped in coconut. WHAT? Yes, please. Holgate Temptress is one of my favorite beers. The coffee-dark chocolate character of the beer was a perfect rich friend to Lord Lamington.

Beer battered Flathead with Holgate White Ale

 Kris: Beer batter is simple and tasty. The secret is to not make it too thick.

Beer Batter

2 1/2 cups plain flour

1 tsp salt

330ml beer (1 bottle)


Place the beer and salt in a bowl

Sift and add the flour slowly

Continue whisking until the mixture is smooth and at the right consistency

Cut the fish into thin strips and coat in flour

Coat the fish pieces in batter 

Fry in sunflower oil at 170C until the fish floats and is golden brown

We ate the flathead with some homemade aioli.


2 cloves of garlic

1 Tbs seeded mustard

2 egg yolks

1 cup oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

cracked pepper 

juice of half a lemon

zest of half a lemon


Combine egg yolks, mustard, salt and garlic

Keep the blades running and slowly add the oil 

 Add lemon zest and lemon juice

 Kris : Holgate White Ale is a great example of the Belgian Wit Bier style. It has a great balance of citrus and spice.

It was a great match with this dish as well.


Caroline: Delicious! the batter was so light and crispy, not at all greasy. And the fish was so soft…yum yum yum

I only wish there was more…

I don’t usually like wit beers, but this one tasted really nice with the fish.