NZ Woman's Weekly

Beer cheer

Cooking with beer appeals to me, especially in winter, because it somehow suggests a hearty meal. Do I have to splash out on good-quality beer or will anything do? And how much flavour is retained in a casserole?

I tend to regard full, dark ales as best for red meats and especially for game, such as venison. The dish will retain a rich bitterness and, of course, be a dark colour. Light beers are also surprisingly flavoursome.

A rule of thumb is to use with light meats – including chicken.

Irene van Dyk

Subscribe to the magazine

Irene van Dyk’s new goal

In this week's issue of New Zealand Woman's Weekly magazine: Former Silver Fern Irene van Dyk's new goal is a game changer.

New Zealand Woman's Weekly is the country's most-loved women's magazine, bringing a wide variety of news, stories, recipes and helpful hints to the home every week.

Subscribe now

Subscribe to our newsletters

Receive the latest celebrity news, recipes and beauty tips, delivered right to your inbox.