A Beergeek in London: Bring Back the Mushy Peas

One thing that an excellent plate of fish and chips needs, is balance, it’s mushy peas. A delightful bit of veg to go along with the golden fried goodness of the perfectly made fish and chips. Good marrowfat peas cooked low and slow to the point that they can be easily mushed into a delightful green mash of pea purée is a thing of beauty. There is just something about the perfectly done and seasoned house made mushy peas. And maybe, just maybe add in a hint of mint. It can be a simple, yet delicious addition to fish and chips.…

Beergeek in London: Crisps, Nuts, Cracklins, and other Pub Snacks

Snacks are ubiquitous in pubs in the UK. And rarely is a round bought that doesn’t include a pack or two of snacks. Crisps (potato chips) are the most common with great flavors like Cheese and Onion, Ready Salted (just salted in the US), Salt and Vinegar, and Sweet Chilli (as best as I can guess an Thai influenced savory flavor). Other snacks include various forms of peanuts, pork rinds, and the ever famous Bacon Fries. Another interesting note, snacks are almost always shared among those you are with. The containers are split open on table like you see in…