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Pub Oats

December 6, 2012

A while ago, MJ came back from a trip with a box of “Wind & Willow Irish Pub Soup” — a prepackaged cheese and potato mix.

One of the suggested ways of preparing it was to substitue a can of beer for about a third of the water. This shows the whole pub thing is just marketing spin. No self-respecting pub, and certainly no Irish pub, would ever used canned beer. ¬†We didn’t have a lot of beer in the house because (a) we are snooty enough to prefer it on tap (that’s what years of living in places like Isleham and Portland will do for you), and (b) our snootiness has progressed to the point that we prefer wine for casual breakfast drinking anyway — “Landlord! Wine! And beer for my men!”

We did have a couple of two-year-old bottles of Red Hook Winterhook, a dark, hoppy, seasonal ale, so we sacrificed one (well, half of one, we drank the rest) in the soup. The soup was uninspiring. It tasted like a boxed soup, and the beer was a little too bitter for it.

The next morning there was still some left over (the soup, not the beer), and I did my usual.

Setup: 1/4 cup cheesy potato soup made with dark ale; 1 cup chicken broth, 1/3 cup oatmeal. When it had cooked the right amount of time, it was still a little soupy, so I added the usual 2tsp of potato flakes.

Results: Not bad, at a surprising level. The beer-bitter was spread out over enough oatbland that it became just one of the flavor components. Likewise, the cheese. I’m not going to go out and buy another box of Irish Pub Soup, but I’ll keep the concept in mind for later.