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Cheeky P's Roasted Chickpeas Review

Cheeky P's Roasted Chickpeas Review

Written by Oliver Coningham on 27 March 2018 in Food Pairing, Beer Snacks

Choosing the perfect vegan snack to accompany your beer used to quite a simple procedure with the choice often limited between Ready Salted or Salt & Vinegar. Times are rapidly changing and the options available are now seemingly unlimited... From vegan chorizo made with brazil nuts and sundried tomatoes to sour cream and chive quinoa chips. The range of vegan snacks currently on the market is nearly as diverse as the range of beer styles.

New to the vegan snack scene are Cheeky P's; flavoured roasted chickpeas that are high in protein, high in fibre and 100% vegan-friendly. Currently available in two deliciously moreish flavours, either curry or black pepper.

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Vegan Beer & Cheese Pairing

Vegan Beer & Cheese Pairing

Written by Oliver Coningham on 17 August 2016 in Food Pairing

Vegans now have access to an exciting and varied range of dairy-free cheese. Most of which are available from the free-from section in supermarket chillers or independent health food shops. From delicious cream cheeses with spring onions or sweet chilli to a spectrum of cheddars ranging mild to smoked. The old adage "I'd love to go vegan, but I can't live without cheese" seems insignificant when faced with so many alternatives.

The principles of matching beer and food - those of contrast, complement and cut - can easily be applied to vegan cheese. Seek to find a balance in the weight and intensity of the beer and vegan cheese pairing. Light pilsners paired with a vegan blue cheese or strong barleywines with a soft vegan cream cheese will not work. Find a beer where the flavours either complement or contrast those of the cheese. Some pairings work better when the flavours are similar, such as a delicate wheat beer with a soft cream cheese. Whereas other pairings are exceptional when the flavours contrast each other such as sweet with salt. Beer's carbonation also allows the bubbles to quickly move the mouth coating flavours away.

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